Cardinals may spurn Flagstaff with training camp move to Glendale
BY CODY BASHORE —
Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill told the crowd of Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers’ State of the City address that the team is in the works of moving its training camp from Flagstaff to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
While no deal is completed at this time, Bidwill said it is close and having the camp at the team’s stadium would be easier for fans at the event Thursday night, Feb. 28.
The Cardinals moved from St. Louis, MO. in 1988 and have hosted their training camp in Flagstaff since the relocation.
NAU President John Haeger said, via NAU News, the school had not received any official notice of the team’s final decision.
“Northern Arizona University, in partnership with Flagstaff, made an extraordinary offer and worked diligently to negotiate with the team,” Haeger said via NAU news. “We expect to receive official notice from the team at any time.”
The camp brings an estimated $10 million to the local economy.
NAU’s offer to the Cardinals remained the same as the agreement that ran from 2009 to 2012.
“If the team announces it will not return, the university will immediately begin planning other uses for our facilities that assure both revenue for the community and support for our academic mission,” Haeger said.
Regardless of whether the school retains the Cardinals’ camp, NAU’s fall semester will begin on a Wednesday, Aug. 28 and end on Dec. 18, also a Wednesday. The change was made during negotiations with the Cardinals and finals week has yet to be finalized with the schedule change.