The University of Phoenix Stadium:
Capacity: 63,400 and expandable to at least 78,600.
Tenants: Arizona Cardinals and Fiesta Bowl.
The University of Phoenix Stadium opened in Glendale, Arizona on August 1 of 2006 after three years of construction. The Stadium was built as a multipurpose football stadium and was the first to feature a fully retractable grass playing field. The Field is built on top of an AirField Systems drainage system that exits the stadium to be exposed to the sun in a process that takes a little under two hours.
The University of Phoenix Stadium has been home to the Arizona Cardinals NFL team since its opening. Though the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights it is not the Universities home stadium as it currently has no intercollegiate athletics program.
The Stadium has also played host to a numerous amount of notable events. In 2007 the University of Phoenix was named as the tenant to host the BCS Fiesta Bowl and hosted the BCS National Championship in 2007 and 2011. 2008 brought the biggest game in the NFL to the Stadium, Super Bowl XLII, where the New York Giants defeated the previously undefeated New England Patriots. In 2009 the Stadium filled its stands with fans in attendance for the NFL’s NFC Championship Game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. Also in 2009, the field was removed and replaced with a basketball court in order to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Final.
From the top concert tours in the nation to WWE and Monster Jam the University of Phoenix Stadium has the capability to host just about any style of event. So if you find yourself in Glendale make sure you check out a Stadium that is one of a kind, The University of Phoenix Stadium.