After bad weather torpedoed the first try, groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Glendale stadium will be conducted this morning.
Some in the Cardinals’ organization had a long day Friday just to make it there.
With the death of Chicago Bears chairman emeritus Ed McCaskey earlier this week, the Cardinals chartered a private plane to take coach Dave McGinnis, vice president of football operations Rod Graves, running backs coach Johnny Roland as well as Michael Bidwill and Nicole Bidwill to Des Plaines, Ill., Friday to attend the wake.
McGinnis and Roland coached in Chicago. Graves once worked in the Bears’ front office and it was McCaskey who introduced Graves to Cardinals’ owner Bill Bidwill, leading to Graves getting a job with the Cards. The five flew back to the Valley on Friday night and will attend today’s events.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking. Some of the infrastructure work for the facility has already begun on the stadium that is scheduled to open in 2006.
The stadium will house the Cardinals, the Fiesta Bowl and future Super Bowls. The Tourism and Sports Authority also hopes to lure a future men’s basketball Final Four to the site.
EXTRA POINTS: The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that the Miami Dolphins are close to agreeing to a restructured contract with San Diego linebacker Junior Seau, which could clear the way for the Dolphins to trade for Seau and leave the Cardinals — who had been interested in trading for Seau — out of luck.