FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Cardinals’ likely training-camp departure from Flagstaff has become reality, as Northern Arizona University on Friday rescinded its offers for the team to conduct camp on its campus.
The Arizona Daily Sun reported Friday that NAU president John Haeger said the school isn’t interested in a short-term deal with the Cardinals, who have been considering moving camp to Glendale on a permanent basis to make it more readily available for fans, according to team president Michael Bidwill.
The Cardinals and NAU officials reportedly were discussing both a one-year deal and a three-year deal before the university ended the negotiations. The team is now in talks with Glendale about moving training camp to University of Phoenix Stadium and the nearby Glendale Youth Sports Complex.
With the exception of one year when an illness outbreak forced a move to Prescott, the Cardinals have trained on the NAU campus since 1988, the year the franchise moved from St. Louis.