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. Also in January of 2016, the stadium hosted Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers in the College Football National Championship Game. 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. In 2017, the Univeristy of Phoenix Stadium will host the NCAA Men's Divison 1 Basketball Championship.
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.
Sports at the University of Phoenix Stadium
The University of Phoenix Stadium is one of the premier venues in the State of Arizona and is home to some of the nations most beloved events. The stadium was initially conceived as the home of the Arizona Cardinals but has expanded to also be the site of the Fiesta Bowl. On multiple occasions University of Phoenix Stadium has also housed the Super Bowl, and it remains one of the top stadiums in the world.
University of Phoenix Stadium FAQ
When do gates open prior to a game?
The two Club Entrance gates open 3 hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff for Club and Loft ticket holders. The three public entrance gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff for all ticket holders.
Does my child need a ticket?
Children 24 months of age or younger are permitted entry inside University of Phoenix Stadium without a ticket provided they obtain "lap pass" prior to entry. Adults can request a lap pass from stadium staff checking tickets at the entrance gates. The child receiving the lap pass must be present when the pass is issued. There is a limit of one lap pass per adult game ticket.
What's the best way to get there?
Public transportation is not abundant in the area, so the best way to get there is to buy a parking pass and drive. Hotels in the area may also offer a shuttle service.
University of Phoenix Stadium Seating Guide
Lower Level Sections 1-8
West side of stadium, commonly referred to as the "alumni" side. There are chairbacks in Sec 3-6, rows 10-30. The shade will hit this side of the stadium first.
Lower 100 Level
Except for the sections direction in front of the jumbotron (138-144), every section on this level has 41 rows. Sections 108, 109, 129, and 130 are at midfield and are called Main Level Premier. Each section in the 100 main level will be distinguished by where it is in relation to the field. Sections 105-112 are behind the Cardinals (home team) bench.
Upper 200 Level
This is the club level, which is directly above the 100 level of the stadium. Along with the ticket, you get access to certain bars and areas others do not. There are 9 to 10 rows in most sections, unless it is a “corner” section, which will have 12 rows.
Upper 400 Level
There are small sections that will have only 3-5 rows called Ring of Honor that are direction in front of the bigger, upper level sections. The big sections are called terrace, and they usually have about 23 rows. This is the cheapest avenue to get in the venue.
There are 88 luxury suites that sit between the 200 and 400 levels. They are considered “lofts” at UofPhoenix Stadium. A party loft includes lounge areas, TVs and a cash bar. Private lofts seat up to 24 people with a private restroom, lounge area, TVs and a dedicated server.
Stadium Field Boxes are on the concourse level and give you semi-private seating close to the field. These must be bought in ticket groups of 8 and you can pre-order food and drink.