University of Phoenix Stadium History
University of Phoenix Stadium has been one of the most popular destinations
in the Phoenix and Glendale area since it first opened in 2006. It is best known as the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the
NFL and is one of the most state of the art arenas in the entire league. The stadium was a welcome addition to the community,
especially fans and anyone involved in the Arizona Cardinals organization as the team had been playing at Arizona State University's
football stadium since relocating to Phoenix from St. Louis in 1988. University of Phoenix Stadium hosts events all year even
long after football season has ended, giving patrons plenty of opportunities to attend an event at the one of a kind venue.
University of Phoenix Stadium Events
Although it is primarily known as the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the
NFL, University of Phoenix Stadium has also hosted the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds of the men's NCAA Tournament,
the BCS Championships Game, the Super Bowl, WrestleMania, and several other big time sports events. International soccer has
been a big part of the schedule at University of Phoenix Stadium as well, including an April 2, 2014 match between bitter
rivals the United States Men's National Team and Mexico. Occasionally University of Phoenix Stadium hosts concerts, but only
for really big superstar acts like the Rolling Stones who headlined a show at the venue shortly after it opened.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and is the sixth most populous city in the United States. There is plenty
to see and do in such a bustling metropolis including the amusement parks Wet 'N Wild, Castles and Coasters, and Enchanted
Island. Additionally there are plenty of world class golf courses in the area along with the Desert Botanical Garden which
allows a visitor to examine desert plants from all over the world. Phoenix is also home to several professional sports franchises
including the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball, the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL and
the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
University of Phoenix Stadium Seating Layout
University of Phoenix Stadium
typically holds just over 63,000 people with the capability of expanding to hold more than 72,000 with more than 78,000 spaces
available during standing room only events. The events for which the stadium is expanded to maximum capacity are referred
to as mega-events and include big college bowl games, the NFC Championship Game, the Super Bowl, and the like. Whether you
are at one of the mega-events or a standard NFL game, University of Phoenix Stadium is a state of the art venue which really
does not have a bad seat in the house.
The stadium opened in 2006 with a preseason NFL game between
the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers which the Cardinals won 21-13. University of Phoenix is considered an architectural
marvel because of its size and possession of a retractable roof and was named one of the 10 most impressive sports stadiums
in the world by Business Week Magazine.