State Farm Stadium

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State Farm Stadium
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Exterior of the stadium, 2006
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Glendale
Location in Arizona
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Glendale
Location in the United States
Former namesCardinals Stadium
(August–September 2006)
University of Phoenix Stadium
(2006–2018)
Address1 Cardinals Drive
Location Glendale, Arizona
Coordinates 33°31′41″N112°15′47″W / 33.528°N 112.263°W / 33.528; -112.263 Coordinates: 33°31′41″N112°15′47″W / 33.528°N 112.263°W / 33.528; -112.263
Parking14,000 on-site parking spaces
Owner Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority
Operator SMG [1]
Executive suites88
Capacity 63,400 (expandable to 72,200;
standing room to 78,600 [2] [3] )
SurfaceNatural grass:
Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda
Construction
Broke groundApril 12, 2003
OpenedAugust 1, 2006
Renovated2014, 2017
Construction cost $455 million [4]
($577 million in 2019 dollars [5] )
Architect Eisenman Architects
Populous (then HOK Sport)
Structural engineerTLCP Structural, Inc. (bowl) [6]
Walter P Moore [7] to a design by Buro Happold (roof) [8]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc. [9]
General contractor Hunt Construction Group [10]
Tenants
Arizona Cardinals (NFL) (2006–present)
Fiesta Bowl (NCAA) (2007–present)

State Farm Stadium, formerly known as University of Phoenix Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in the western United States, located in Glendale, Arizona, west of Phoenix. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) and the annual Fiesta Bowl. It replaced Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium as the Valley of the Sun's main stadium. The stadium is adjacent to the Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL team.

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The stadium has hosted the Fiesta Bowl, 2007 and 2011 BCS National Championship Games, 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and will host Super Bowl LVII in 2023. For soccer, it was one of the stadiums for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa América Centenario in 2016. For basketball, it hosted the NCAA Final Four in 2017, which is scheduled to return in 2024.

The University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights in September 2006, shortly after the stadium had opened under the name Cardinals Stadium and retained the rights until September 2018. The Cardinals and State Farm insurance company reached an agreement on an 18-year commitment and it became "State Farm Stadium." [11] [12]

Facility information and history

Since moving to Arizona from St. Louis, Missouri in 1988, the Cardinals had played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. The Cardinals planned to play there for only a few years, until a new stadium could be built in Phoenix. However, the savings and loan crisis derailed funding for a new stadium during the 1990s. Over time, the Cardinals expressed frustration at being merely tenants in a college football stadium. The lack of having their own stadium denied them additional revenue streams available to other NFL teams. The Cardinals campaigned several times in the years prior to its construction for a new and more modern facility.

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new stadium in 2003 was held on April 12, and after three years of construction, the 63,400-seat venue opened on August 1, 2006. It was designed by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport (now Populous). [13] The stadium is considered an architectural icon for the region and was named by Business Week as one of the ten “most impressive” sports facilities on the globe due to the combination of its retractable roof (engineering design by Walter P Moore) and roll-in natural grass field, [14] similar to the GelreDome and the Veltins-Arena. [15]

LED video and ribbon displays from Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota were installed in 2006 prior to Arizona's first game of the season at the new stadium. [16]

The cost of the project was $455 million, which included $395.4 million for the stadium, $41.7 million for site improvements, and $17.8 million for the land. Contributors to the stadium included the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority ($302.3 million), the Arizona Cardinals ($143.2 million), and the City of Glendale ($9.5 million).

The playing field outside and lined for the Arizona Cardinals. Cardinalsfield.jpg
The playing field outside and lined for the Arizona Cardinals.
The interior of State Farm Stadium with field removed. To protect the stadium's grass playing surface, non-sporting events are always held with the facility in this configuration. University of Phoenix Stadium no field.jpg
The interior of State Farm Stadium with field removed. To protect the stadium's grass playing surface, non-sporting events are always held with the facility in this configuration.

The stadium has 88 luxury suites called luxury lofts with space for 16 future suites as the stadium matures.

The 25 acres (10 ha) surrounding the stadium is called Sportsman's Park. Included within the Park is an 8-acre (3.2 ha) landscaped tailgating area called the Great Lawn. The approximate elevation at field level is 1,070 feet (330 m) above sea level.

There are no obstructed view seats in the stadium. There are visible areas in the upper deck of the end zone where seats could have been put in but were not due to the giant super columns supporting the roof structure.[ citation needed ]

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Cardinals win NFC Championship, January 18, 2009

The stadium seating capacity can be expanded by 8,800 for "mega-events" such as college bowls, NFL Super Bowls, the NFC Championship Game, and the Final Four [17] by adding risers and ganged, portable "X-frame" folding seats. The endzone area on the side of the facility where the field tray rolls in and out of the facility can be expanded to accommodate the additional seats.

The roof is made out of translucent Birdair fabric and opens in 12 minutes. It is the first retractable roof ever built on an incline.

Events

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The roof of State Farm Stadium.

Events held at the stadium include Arizona Cardinals home games; public grand opening tours held August 19 and 20, 2006 (attended by 120,000 people); various shows, expositions, tradeshows and motor sport events; the AIA 4A and 5A state championship games for football; and international soccer exhibition matches.

The multipurpose nature of the facility has allowed it to host 91 events representing 110 event days between the dates of August 4, 2006 through the BCS National Championship January 8, 2007.

NFL

The first preseason football game was played August 12, 2006 when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21–13. The first regular season game was played September 10 against the San Francisco 49ers (the Cardinals won 3427). The stadium's air-conditioning system made it possible for the Cardinals to play at home on the opening weekend of the NFL season for the first time since moving to Arizona in 1988.

On October 16, 2006, the stadium hosted a notable game between the Cardinals and the undefeated Chicago Bears where the Bears came back from a 20-point deficit to defeat the Cardinals. The Bears would later go on to play in Super Bowl XLI.

University of Phoenix Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 in which the New York Giants defeated the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17–14 with a paid attendance crowd of 71,101. This was the second time the Phoenix area hosted a Super Bowl, the other being Super Bowl XXX held in nearby Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17.

The Cardinals' first home playoff game since 1947 took place at the stadium on January 3, 2009, with Arizona beating the Atlanta Falcons, 30–24 in overtime. The stadium also hosted the 2008-09 NFC Championship Game between the Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles on January 18, 2009, which the Cardinals won 32–25 in front of over 70,000 fans in attendance and advanced to Super Bowl XLIII.

The 2015 Pro Bowl was the first Pro Bowl to be held at the same location as the same year's Super Bowl since 2010. The Pro Bowl returned to Hawaii in 2016. [18] On February 1, 2015, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 in Super Bowl XLIX held at the stadium.

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State Farm Stadium from a bird's-eye view

College football

The stadium was the venue for the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2007 featuring the Boise State Broncos vs. the University of Oklahoma Sooners (Boise State won 43-42 in overtime); and the BCS National Championship on January 8, 2007 between the (1) Ohio State Buckeyes and the (2) University of Florida Gators, which the Gators won 41-14.

It also hosted the 2008 Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia University Mountaineers, as well as the 2009 Fiesta Bowl between the Texas Longhorns and the Ohio State Buckeyes. It has also held many high school graduations.

On January 10, 2011, the 2011 BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks had an attendance record setting 78,603 on hand for the game.

On January 11, 2016, University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship Game featuring No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers.

College basketball

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2017 NCAA Final Four

Before 2018, the venue was known as University of Phoenix Stadium. It hosted the Final Four, the semifinals and championship game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, in 2017, and will do so again in 2024.

Soccer

On February 7, 2007, the stadium hosted a soccer match attended by 62,462 fans. The United States men's national soccer team defeated Mexico, 2–0. On January 21, 2012, the U.S. played against Venezuela and won the match 1–0.

On January 30, 2013, Mexico played against Denmark, a game that was broadcast on Televisa Deportes, UniMás, and TV Azteca. The match ended in a 1–1 draw. [19]

On November 19, 2015, the stadium was one of the sites selected for the 2016 Copa América Centenario. [20] [21] [22] The stadium hosted three matches, including Mexico vs. Uruguay on June 5, and the third-place match (United States vs. Colombia) on June 25.

In club soccer, Real Madrid battled MLS side LA Galaxy in August 2013. The Spanish side defeated the Galaxy 3–1.

The stadium has hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup and will host the first semi-final of the 2019 Gold Cup.

DateWinning TeamResultLosing TeamTournamentSpectators
February 7, 2007Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico International Friendly62,462
July 12, 2009Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 4–0Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C23,876
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2–0Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe
November 19, 2011Flag of the United States.svg  United States women1–1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden womenWomen’s International Friendly18,482
January 21, 2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela International Friendly22,403
December 1, 2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States women2–0Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland womenWomen’s International Friendly11,570
January 30, 2013Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark International Friendly43,345
April 2, 2014Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–2Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico International Friendly59,066
July 12, 2015Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 0–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C 62,910
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
December 13, 2015Flag of the United States.svg  United States women2–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR womenWomen’s International Friendly19,066
June 5, 2016Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 3–1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Copa América Centenario Group C 60,025
June 8, 2016Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 2–2Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Copa América Centenario Group B 11,937
June 25, 2016Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1–0Flag of the United States.svg  United States Copa América Centenario Third place game29,041
July 20, 2017Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 2–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals37,404
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–0Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
January 27, 2019Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama International Friendly9,040
July 2, 2019Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–0Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal62,363

WWE

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An attendance record setting 72,219 fans at the State Farm Stadium for WrestleMania XXVI

The stadium hosted the WWE event WrestleMania XXVI which took place on March 28, 2010, with 72,219 fans in attendance. [23] This was the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania XI with a non-title match as a main event, the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Arizona and the third to be held in an open-air venue, [23] [24] after WrestleMania IX and WrestleMania XXIV. The event grossed $5.8 million in ticket sales, making the event the highest grossing and attended entertainment event held at the University of Phoenix Stadium. [25]

Concerts

DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceRevenueNotes
September 8, 2006 The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business Tour
November 8, 2006 Rolling Stones Alice Cooper A Bigger Bang Tour 41,772 / 41,772$3,286,121
November 26, 2007 Fall Out Boy Gym Class Heroes
Plain White T's
Cute Is What We Aim For
Doug
Young Wild Things Tour N/AN/A
May 31, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
Gary Allan
Sammy Hagar
Poets and Pirates Tour40,098 / 47,132$3,151,970
October 20, 2009 U2 The Black Eyed Peas U2 360° Tour 50,775 / 50,775$4,912,050
September 16, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 56,524 / 56,524$5,035,880
August 15, 2016 Guns N' Roses Zakk Wylde
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Not in This Lifetime... Tour 44,110 / 48,914$4,257,189 [26]
August 4, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Gojira
WorldWired Tour 52,926 / 52,926$5,246,586
September 19, 2017 U2 Beck The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 42,814 / 42,814$4,169,215 [27]
May 8, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Reputation Stadium Tour 59,157 / 59,157$7,214,478Before the tour began, Swift invited 2,000 foster and adopted children to a private dress rehearsal. [28]
September 19, 2018 Beyoncé
Jay Z
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 37,174 / 37,174$4,426,568
March 23, 2019 Garth Brooks Easton Corbin The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour 77,653 / 77,653N/AThis is the highest attended indoor concert in Arizona history.
August 26, 2019 The Rolling Stones Kaleo No Filter Tour 52,726 / 52,726$9,747,170This concert was originally scheduled to take place on May 7, 2019 but was postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure. [29] This is the highest grossing concert in the stadium to date.

Other events

Other events included the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship High School Marching Band competition. It has also held many high school graduations.

On August 1, 2009, the stadium hosted Monster Jam Summer Heat, with Maximum Destruction defeating Captain's Curse in the racing finals and Grave Digger winning the freestyle event.

The stadium hosted the inaugural Stadium Super Trucks race on April 6, 2013. [30]

On January 30, 2016, Monster Jam returned to the stadium for the first time since 2009, with 16 of the best trucks. On February 6, the AMA Supercross Championship raced for the first time, after visiting Chase Field from 1999 to 2015.

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A panoramic view of the interior of the stadium before a Cardinals football game, September 27, 2009

On February 10, 2019 Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to an audience of 68,000, a larger capacity than many events due to the majority of the field space being filled with seats.

Naming rights

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The movable field outside of the stadium.

On September 26, 2006 the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights to the stadium totalling $154.5 million over 20 years. [31] On April 11, 2017, the University of Phoenix terminated the naming rights just 11 years into the 20-year deal, citing financial woes; however, the university kept its name on the stadium until a replacement company was found to give naming rights to. On September 4th, 2018, State Farm reached a deal securing the rights through 2036. University of Phoenix will remain involved as a sponsor with the team in a reduced capacity as the Cardinals' "official education partner."

Parking space

The stadium has approximately 14,000 on-site parking spaces (plus 12,000 adjacent spaces), [32] located in numerous lots that surround the stadium's 2,000 disabled parking spaces. The design improvement, featured for example in a Discovery program about this stadium, is zoning. Parking spaces for guests are zoned with preferred leaving directions, to achieve the fastest possible movement of traffic. [33]

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