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Loss of Cardinals deals big hit to Flagstaff

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals' training camp has begun and for the first time since 1988, it's not in Flagstaff.

"It hurts," Julie Pastrick said. Pastrick is president of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.

The NFL team struck a deal with the City of Glendale during the offseason to move camp down to the Valley.

Former host Northern Arizona University estimated the team's yearly impact at about $10 million. Flagstaff Chamber said it believes the numbers are lower and expect to lose about $6 million dollars without the team.

Pastrick said the economic impact will be felt by the entire community.

"Hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, the malls and downtown Flagstaff. It hurts because we have had such a long term relationship with the team," she said.

Pastrick said about 90-100 jobs were lost.

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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