The University of Phoenix Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium is the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the annual college football bowl game, the Fiesta Bowl. Next door to the stadium is the Jobing.com Arena, where the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) play their home games. Formerly known as Cardinals Stadium, the facility is the first to boast a fully retractable natural grass playing surface in the United States. The stadium is named after sponsor University of Phoenix, a for-profit university that specializes in adult education. The University of Phoenix does not have an intercollegiate athletics program, and therefore is only a corporate sponsor of the facility.
The stadium seats approximately 63,400 fans, and is expandable to 73,719 seats. Currently, the stadium boasts 88 luxury suites, which is expandable to 104 suites as the stadium matures. There are no obstructed views in the stadium, making it an exceptional venue to watch almost any event. Outside the stadium is a 25-acre park known as Sportsman's Park. Eight acres of this park is known as the Great Lawn, which is a landscaped tailgate-exclusive area.
The structure is considered an architectural icon, and was named as one of the 10 "most impressive" sports facilities on Earth by Business Week. This is the only American facility that made the list. The cost of the stadium was $455 million, and was funded by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the Arizona Cardinals and the City of Glendale.
1 Cardinals Drive
Glendale AZ, 85305
There are approximately 14,000 parking spaces available to stadium visitors. Parking is included with event admission (this is subject to change). Parking passes are available at TicketCity, and will expedite your access to the stadium gates. Please plan to arrive at the Fiesta Bowl at least an hour early, as traffic will be congested.
The University of Phoenix Stadium does not allow the following items inside the stadium at any time:
- Bags and/or large purses
- Chewing Tobacco
- Glass bottles
- Alcoholic beverages, drugs, food
- Skateboards, roller skates or "skate shoes" with built-in wheels.
- Thermoses, cans, coolers or hard containers
- Whistles, horns or noisemaking devices
- RF scanners
- Poles or brooms
- Laser pointers
- Beach balls
- All hard fruits
- Gas-filled balloons
Items that are allowed inside University of Phoenix Stadium are as follows:
- Small, personal radios with earphones
- Strollers (do not block aisles, exits)
- Small personal cameras
- Small, appropriate hand-made signs (must be paper or cloth; must be hand-held)
Fiesta Bowl Parade:
The Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl parade will bring color and pizzazz to Central Phoenix, and will usher in the 38th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. This is the perfect opportunity to get out with the family and spend some quality time enjoying the sights and sounds with college football fans from all over Arizona and the U.S. Thousands of spectators will line the two-mile route in Central Phoenix to attend the holiday custom cherished by locals and fans alike. The parade will take place on January 3, 2009, and will begin its route in Central Phoenix at 11:00 a.m.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park:
Located just west of Glendale, this scenic regional park delivers excellent views and attractions along 21 miles of hike and bike trails. You will be in for a treat if you visit the area a several days after heavy rainfall – the Waterfall Trail directs you to the park's centerpiece attraction, and water is aplenty. Come to wade in the flowing pools, or just bask in the view of the waterfall that cascades down the cliffsides. Picnic areas and campgrounds provide the perfect place to spend some time with Mother Nature. Bring a Frisbee, a cooler and the family and friends and visit this gem of a park.
Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy:
16092 N Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr
Peoria, AZ 85382
This Mexican food gem is located just a skip away from the Arizona Cardinals Stadium. The atmosphere resembles a luxurious rural hacienda, with colonial-style architecture, stone statuary and vibrant murals. The entrees range from typical Tex-Mex style to sensations including mahi mahi and bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin. Try the chocolate flan drizzled with Kahlua cream sauce, mmmmm!
Our Gang Café:
9832 N 7TH St Ste 4
Phoenix, AZ 85020-1765
Our Gang Café is as close to authentic Brooklyn Italian food you can find in Phoenix. At the door, you will be greeted by a Statue of Liberty holding a pizza box and the smell of freshly-baked pizzas, calzones and entrees. The owners are native New Yorkers, and the patio of the restaurant replicates a New York street scene, complete with hanging laundry and fire escapes. If you eat here, try to get a spot on the patio and you will not be disappointed.
6070 W Bell Rd
Glendale, AZ 85308
If you're ooking for a place to relax with a beer, watch some sports, or play anything from beer pong to darts, this is the place to go. This bar is separated into two different rooms: one room has a bar counter and tables, and the other has TV's and games. There is a medium sized dance floor and DJ's on the weekends, as well as Texas Hold ‘Em, live music and karaoke. There is so much to do, so much to drink, and nothing to lose. Did I mention they have great food as well? Well, they do. Choose anything from nachos to steaks, and have a relaxed time at this conveniently diverse bar.
Char's Has the Blues:
4631 N 7 Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013-2755
This live music bar is housed in a former private residence, giving it an extremely comfortable feel. A staple of the Phoenix blues scene, this bar has live blues every night of the week, and can be packed when a favorite local band is playing. Located in a residential area, this place is teeming with folks of all types – college students, businessmen, good-looking women, and the average Joe. Come enjoy this venue that feels like a private party, with exceptional, soulful blues.