State Farm Stadium - Arizona Cardinals Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: August 16, 2021

A multi-purpose arena, State Farm Stadium serves multiple purposes in central Arizona. It is the home to the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League and is part of a district that holds the Gila River Arena.

Home to the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League and the original home of the Arizona Rattlers indoor football franchise. Paired together, the arenas are recognized as some of the most technologically advanced and positive-reviewed arenas in North America.

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Stadium Facts

Overview
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Opened: 2006
Capacity: 63,400
Address: 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, Arizona, 85305
Stadium Owner: Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority
Operator: SMG
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Farm_Stadium
Official Site: https://www.statefarmstadium.com/
Stadium Names
Former Names: Cardinals Stadium, University of Phoenix Stadium
Construction Details
Broke Ground: 2003
Built: 2003-2006
Architect: Eisenman Architects, Populous
Construction Cost: $455 million
Renovated: 2014, 2017
Executive Suites: 88
Playing Surface: Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda

History

Retractable roofs are not unheard of in American stadiums and were the norm for many arenas built after the turn of the millennium. However, most of those used one or two plates at a horizontal orientation to slide the heavy weight of the roof. State Farm Stadium was the first in the world to have a retractable roof on an angle. It opens completely in 12 minutes.

State Farm Stadium’s natural grass turf was also considered revolutionary for American stadiums when it was first included in the arena’s design. Using a roll-in tray, the turf can be placed into a nearby parking lot to let the Hybrid Bermuda grass grow naturally outside the stadium. The design is similar to natural turf technology used in the Netherlands and Germany.

Deciding to focus on fan entertainment, the field is completely visible from each of the stadium’s 63,400 seats. Places that could be obstructed did not have seats installed as part of the original construction, but some temporary seating can be placed there for other events like the Final Four.

With costs totaling $455 million at the time, the design by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport (now Kansas City-based Populous) won multiple awards for its innovation, technology and environmental practices.
It is a worthy stadium for a franchise that awaited its permanent home for so long. When the Cardinals moved from St. Louis in 1988, the team played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. A new stadium was promised to the team, but the savings and loan crisis in the early 1990s prevented public funding. Groundbreaking didn’t happen until 2003 and the stadium did not open until 2006.

Naming rights switched over to State Farm on a contract through 2036. Originally known as University of Phoenix Stadium, the primarily online university terminated the naming rights due to financial issues, but remained as the Cardinals “official education partner”. It is still often referred to as University of Phoenix Stadium after ad campaigns including franchise player Larry Fitzgerald and pop culture references celebrating the Cardinals since the University of Phoenix does not have any athletic programs.

In addition to the Cardinals, State Farm Stadium hosts one of the premiere college football bowl games in the Fiesta Bowl. It also hosted Super Bowl XLIX, the 2011 and 2016 College Football Championships and the 2017 Final Four, with 153,780 attending those basketball games. It is a mainstay of international soccer competitions, with over 62,000 spectators in the first game held on February 7, 2007, between the United States and Mexico, and its most recent game in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal between Mexico and Haiti.

Arizona Cardinals Info

Rivals: The Cards, The Redbirds, The Big Red, The Football Cardinals
Team Colours: Cardinal Red, White, Black
Club Mascot: Big Red
Team Name History: Racine Cardinals (1920–1921), Chicago Cardinals (1922–1943, 1945–1959), Card-Pitt (1944), St. Louis Cardinals (1960–1987), Phoenix Cardinals (1988–1993)
Team Owner: Michael Bidwill
President: Michael Bidwill
Top Passing Leader: Jim Hart
Top Rushing Leader: Ottis Anderson
Top Points Scorer: Jim Bakken
AV Leader: Larry Fitzgerald
Winningest Coach: Bruce Arians
Famous Players: Kurt Warner, Dan Dierdorf, Pat Tillman, Jackie Smith, Anquan Boldin
Famous Coaches: Bruce Arians, Ken Whisenhunt, Dennis Green
Official Website: https://www.azcardinals.com/
Team Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Cardinals

Seating Chart

Below is a seating plan of Arizona Cardinals's State Farm Stadium:

Matchday Experience

Team Store

Arizona Cardinals Team Store

Visiting the Stadium - Travel

Stadium Map


Driving

There are loads of parking lots surrounding the stadium. You can either prepay using the website or app, or pay using a credit card on the day. Please note you can not pay cash.

More info about parking can be found on the official website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at State Farm Stadium?

Arizona Cardinals play their home matches at State Farm Stadium.

What is the capacity of State Farm Stadium?

As of 2021 State Farm Stadium has an official seating capacity of 63,400 for Football matches.

When was State Farm Stadium opened?

State Farm Stadium officially opened in 2006 and is home to Arizona Cardinals

What is the ZIP code for State Farm Stadium?

The ZIP code for State Farm Stadium is 85305.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit State Farm Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Arizona Cardinals for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.