Glendale's Mayor Jerry Weiers was supposed to highlight the citys economic plan and the future of the Phoenix Coyotes at Thursdays State of the City event. Instead, Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill stole the show when he announced the team is close to an agreement to move training camp to Glendale.
Cardinals training camp has been held in Flagstaff every year since the team's arrival in Arizona in 1988 and is one of the few, established franchise traditions. But last season was the last year of the team's contract with Northern Arizona University.
Fan turnout at NAU has grown over the past few seasons ever since the clubs run to the Super Bowl -- and Flagstaff offers fans and yes, media members, a chance to escape the Valleys August heat for a few weeks in a picturesque mountain setting. Beaver Street Brewery, Snowbowl hikes and late nights in Old Town are familiar to most Cards fans.
It would be a shame to lose those traditions.
That said, the Cardinals have some very...