The NFL has announced its spring training schedule for 2016, and it includes several changes to the regular season.
The schedule now will be split into four parts, with the first part starting in mid-March and running through April 1.
Here are the key dates for the 2016 regular season:February 15: Opening DayThe first of four games will be played on the new field at Coors Field, with each team’s starting lineup.
The Cardinals will open the season in the first of two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Giants are set to face the Minnesota Twins in the second game.
The Giants are the only team on the schedule with a home game.
March 4: Opening NightThe Giants open the regular schedule by hosting the Cleveland Indians at home, before the Giants and Cardinals will meet in Arizona.
The Cardinals will also face the Dodgers at home in the opener.
April 2: Home openerThe Giants and Giants’ rivals will meet at Coor.
The game will be televised live on Fox, and will be the first time the Giants have played in a game in Arizona since 1999.
April 8: National League Wild CardGame between the Giants (NL) and Cardinals (NL).
April 17: Opening dayThe Giants will host the Dodgers in Arizona for the first home game in the new stadium.
April 22: Home finaleThe Cardinals and Giants will play a one-game, eight-inning playoff to determine the NL Wild Card.
The Giants are favored to win the NL West, but the Cardinals are favored in the NL Central, while both teams are in the Wild Card race.
April 24: NLDSIf the Giants win the World Series, they’ll host the NLDS.
If the Cardinals lose the World.
Series, they won’t be in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
May 3: NL WildcardGame between two teams in the NFC West, with a winner advancing to the NL Championship Series.
May 6: NL ChampionshipGame between teams in either division in the ALDS.
May 10: NL Division SeriesThe Giants’ two-game NL Division series with the Cardinals will be a one of two in Los Angeles.
May 14: NL NLDSGame between a team in the National League West or the National Leagues Central division.
If one team wins, the Giants play their first game in San Francisco.
If both teams win, the teams play their second game in Cincinnati.
May 16: NL World SeriesIf the team with the best record wins, they play their fifth game in St. Louis.
If they lose, the winner plays their sixth game in Cleveland.
June 7: NL FinalsThe Giants have a two-out, three-run lead over the Cardinals in the World series.
The series will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
June 14: National Signing DayThe Giants play a home-and-home series against the Cardinals and Cardinals play a road series against a team from the National league West.
June 20: National DayThe Cardinals open the home schedule by facing the Philadelphia Phillies.
June 23: National AnthemThe Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla.