The Arizona Cardinals are changing things up a bit with scheduling this year at training camp
There is a new head coach and quarterback in town for the Arizona Cardinals. There is also a new training camp schedule this year.
Camp this season will have fewer days. It will also have practices in the morning as well as the afternoon. Open practices in years past at University of Phoenix Stadium were mainly in the afternoons.
There will also be more closed practices outside of the stadium as well. So why the changes?
Some of it could be the coach Steve Wilks and the way he does things. However changes aren’t just being made at the team level.
Why no kids zone this year? That was very popular with kids and their parents. Training camp still has plans to be somewhat interactive for fans but certainly nowhere the level it has been.
Autographs will still happen but the way the schedule is built this year, it is going to be very difficult for some to make the few open practices that exist on the training camp schedule this year.
We’ll see how it works out and how people like it. Maybe fans will be receptive to it? I know this, it will certainly lessen opportunities to fit a practice in. Just in that sense, the experience just won’t be the same.
However, the experience does still exist. Some will just have to find time if they really want to go. Remember though, getting to the stadium on the westside for an 8:00 a.m. practice is much different than a 1:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. one. Traffic will tell you that much.
The open practice times almost scream we don’t really care if fans come or not. Having practice at 8:00 a.m. is good for summer time and for the team, but just what can we expect as far as fan attendance at that time, especially with some schools starting over the next couple of weeks?