Busy practice schedule awaits Cardinals and fans
Arizona Cardinals fans will be treated to eight straight days
of training camp practice beginning Saturday, July 30, on the Northern Arizona
The full 2011 camp schedule, available online, includes a Red and White
practice and autograph session on Saturday, Aug. 6, and the popular night
practice at Coconino High School on Tuesday, Aug. 16. In all, 17 practices are
scheduled at NAU.
The return of the Cardinals is good news for sports fans and
the local economy. An economic impact report
prepared last year by NAU said that more than 38,000 people attended
training camp sessions or the Red and White Scrimmage, 81 percent of them being
out-of-town visitors. As a result, the camp contributed nearly $7 million to the
local economy, with a total impact of nearly $10 million.
Less easy to calculate, but no less important for NAU, are the
intangible benefits of an NFL team spending a few weeks on campus. Not only does
the event draw national media coverage (for example, NAU recently being named
“Best training camp venue”), but the daily visits to campus by Cardinals
fans from around the state and region may also contribute to future enrollment
at the university.
"We look forward to welcoming the Arizona Cardinals players
and their fans to campus,” said NAU President John Haeger. “The
team's annual visit to Northern Arizona University plays a key part in
energizing the local economy. As a longstanding partner, we wish them a
The Cardinals have trained at NAU since the team moved to
Arizona in 1988. Last year, the university and the team renewed their
partnership with a three-year agreement that runs through the 2012 season. This
year, the team will use the upgraded locker rooms that are part of the refurbishment
of the Walkup Skydome.
Training camp practice information
Practices will be held on the grass fields across from the
Walkup Skydome on South San Francisco Street.
The complete training camp schedule is available online. The site also includes
visitor information, with a map for parking
In the event of inclement weather, practices may be moved
inside the Skydome, which is in the final stages of a major renovation. Those
practices will be closed to the public.
Practice times are subject to change and fans are encouraged
to check the team’s official website
for the most up-to-date practice information.