The Cardinals' Tempe home is in the middle of upgrades for 2015
For the summer, the Cardinals will be the boys in the bubble.
The construction at the team's Tempe facility, which initially began right after the Cards finished their organized team activities in mind-June last year, continues. The last area to be addressed – in a wait until the Patriots exited Super Bowl week – was the players' locker room, which is getting overhauled.
In the meantime, the players will move across one of the grass fields and into the team's practice bubble.
Inside, there are temporary lockers, a temporary weight area and temporary training room. That's where the team will set up shop for the offseason strength and conditioning work and be a base through the OTAs of 2015.
Everything will come on line a little at a time, with the new players' locker room due to be the last portion completed around mid-June.
By the time the Cardinals get ready to head to University of Phoenix Stadium for training camp in late July – there will be a few days where some players show up before then for quarterbacks school – they will be walking into an unrecognizable and seriously upgraded workplace.
Among the major changes coming from this year-long project:
-- A full-service kitchen for the first time since the facility was opened, and a much larger dining area for players and coaches;
-- An expanded weight room, which not only gives more square footage but also raises the ceiling for a roomier feel;
-- An improved hydrotherapy area, including an in-ground water treadmill for rehab;
-- A brand-new and expanded coaches locker room;
-- Additional meeting rooms;
-- An auxiliary players locker room, to accommodate the offseason 90-man roster of today. Previously, the Cardinals would bring in temporary lockers to put in the middle of the regular locker room;
-- An updated equipment room to better accommodate all the Cardinals' gear;
-- And finally, the new locker room, which will not only be updated but reconfigured.
The Cardinals' first step in facility renovations came in 2013 when the practice bubble was built.