The Arizona Cardinals will stay home for training camp this summer
If you didn’t see this coming, you’ve been living under a rock for the last three months. The NFL made a huge announcement on Tuesday regarding the Arizona Cardinals and other 31 NFL teams in regard to training camp.
Commissioner Roger Goodell directed all teams to remain at their own facilities for 2020 Training Camp. It was the only move that could be made.
While it stinks the Cardinals won’t be having summer fun at State Farm Stadium, at least they still have adequate space to have camp at their headquarters in Tempe. They also have a bubble they can practice in if need be.
Usually they finish off the preseason at their own facility in Tempe anyway, so this shouldn’t be a huge change for them. Now maybe a team like the Dallas Cowboys, who traditionally train in southern California, it could be a different environment for them.
Scrolling through social media on Tuesday afternoon, post announcement, it was clear some were disappointed in the decision. However, it was the right move. It is just surprising it took this long to make it official.
If they aren’t planning on playing in front of fans, how in the world were we to expect them to practice in front of people at State Farm? Fitting 90 players and additional team personnel in Tempe certainly won’t be as comfortable as the cool confines of a domed stadium.
It is likely the Cardinals and all of the other NFL teams have been preparing for this eventuality. Certainly the autographs, the Red-White Scrimmage, the Kids Zone, concessions, and of course watching the players.
Half of those players won’t be around after August, that’s the other part of training camp fun. Fans get to see some of their favorite college players that may not necessarily make a 53-man active roster this year.
There has been no announcement when training camps will begin. There is still time for that to come. For now, we wait.