Going up to Flagstaff to watch the Arizona Cardinals practice in the offseason has become a tradition for many of us. Aside from getting to watch our favorite team play football, us Valley residents get to escape the devilish heat and take a mini-vacation all the while.
The sad thing is, that all may be coming to an end. According to Kent Somers from the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals are entertaining options to move their training camp elsewhere in 2013 -- possibly even out of the state.
It seems that the Cards aren't always satisfied with the hospitality they are receiving from Northern Arizona University. This year, the training rooms were inadequate and last year it was the Skydome being under repair.
They are in talks to return to Flagstaff, but whether they do or not is completely up in the air. Apparently, the team has also discussed options of moving to Prescott (which still would be nicer than Phoenix in the summertime) and even out of the state. Somers did not mention what state they would be looking at, but somewhere like Colorado would make a lot of sense for the weather and altitude.
For native fans of the team, none of this can really be considered good news. I know that personally, my time in Flagstaff is always enjoyable. They have plenty of restaurants, hotels and other fun accommodations for fans while they are there. It brings the town tons of money, so they would be extremely unhappy to lose out on this opportunity.
This isn't just a "negotiating ploy" either. The talks about moving are very serious, says Somers. But for the fans' sake, let's hope they can work out a deal to stay in Flagstaff. At this point, it would be like breaking a tradition were they to move.