202 Magazine July 2012 (July 2012) - Page 22

/ 202 TRAVEL / drive-cations Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Flagstaff Calling Experience a whole new adventure this summer BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ Can you hear it? As the temperature continues to rise in the Valley, Flagstaff, which generally doesn’t exceed 85 degrees even in the dog days of summer, is calling your name. And, with the Arizona Cardinals set to kick off their annual training camp at Northern Arizona University in late July, there is perhaps no better time than this summer to trek up to Flagstaff. Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Ranked among the top three preseason NFL training camps by Sports Illustrated, NAU has been the summer home to the Arizona Cardinals since 1988. The fields are pristine, and the open layout, littered with shade trees and seating, gives fans unprecedented access to players and coaches. This year, Cardinals camp will start July 25. Some tips: • Visit on a weekday to avoid crowds and for easier access to autographs • Grab the best seats in the house – on the south hill between the two upper fields 22 202 MAGAZINE \ JULY 2012 \ 202magazine.com