The Arizona Cardinals open up training camp this week. Rookies report on Tuesday and the full team must report by Thursday. The first practice is Friday afternoon at 2:00pm and it will be open to the public. All morning walk-thru’s during training camp are closed to the public. This is the first year the Cards will hold camp in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. I’ve complied a short list of what to do and what not to do.
DO: Bring your money. Although parking will be free on the east end of the stadium in the gray and green parking lots during the week and additionally the orange parking lot on the west end of the stadium on the weekends, the team store and concessions will be open. Most concessions will be discounted from game prices.
Don’t: Leave your patience at home. Remember, this is the first camp held in Glendale. There are bound to be some kinks.
DO: Bring pen and paper. Autographs will be available along the lower bowl walls for a limited time after each practice. A limited number of children ages 2-12 will be selected to participate in a post-practice autograph experience. They will be served wristbands at the Children’s Autograph Experience near the Kids Interactive Zone on a first-come first-serve basis.
Don’t: Forget to check azcardinals.com or their Twitter feed for the most up to date schedule info. Schedules have been known to change during campe from time to time. I know, I used to work for the Cardinals.
DO: Bring the kids
Don’t: Bring the pets
DO: Have fun!
It should be an interesting experience. I plan on going out at least once if not twice during the weekend. They will have their annual Red-White scrimmage on Saturday August 3rd during their normally scheduled practice time. They will also be selling season tickets at the Ticket Zone. No worry about rain this year. All practices are indoors. Enjoy!