For the Arizona Cardinals and the other 31 teams, training camp marks the start of the race to the 2019 season. On Monday, the NFL released the start dates for each team’s training camp. Most teams welcome their rookies at least a full day or two earlier than the veterans. The Panthers, Browns, Cowboys, Broncos, Chargers, Eagles, 49ers, and Redskins have their entire squads report on the same day.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 24, 2019
Earlier in the offseason, the Eagles announced they were reducing the total amount of open practices. These practices allow fans to be in attendance and is often the highlight of training camp. However, there has been a growing trend of reducing the number of open practices, something media and fans have hoped will end. The Cardinals have rookies reporting on July 17th, while veterans report on July 24th. Arizona holds their first training camp practices on Thursday, July 25th.
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In total, the Cardinals have announced 14 open practices, taking place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The team will practice at the stadium through August 17th, before heading to the team’s facility in Tempe for the remainder of training camp. Practices held at the team’s facility is not open to the public. The team’s traditional Red & White practice will be held on Saturday, August 3rd.
What to Know
Every fan should attend at least one open practice. It is a laid-back atmosphere for everyone involved and provides a fan the chance to see how professional athletes work on their craft. The practices are free to attend and includes first come first serve seating. Parking is also free, although be prepared for the heat walking from the lot to the stadium entrance. The stadium has the air conditioning on during practice which makes for a comfortable environment.
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The stadium’s bag policy remains unchanged. Clear bags are the way to go. Concessions are open, although kept to just a small area where fans are seated. The team store is typically open during the practices. Regardless of which practice someone may choose to watch, it is a great experience for youngsters and veteran fans alike. The players are putting in their work ahead of the season, but most are more than happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures after the day is over.