13 Fun Facts About University of Phoenix Stadium


University of Phoenix Stadium has been home to some big games over its recent history. Here is a look at some interesting info and fun facts about University of Phoenix Stadium.

-University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006 and is home to both the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL and the Fiesta Bowl.

-For a few months after it opened, just until the naming rights could be sold, the stadium was known as Cardinals Stadium.

-The address of the University of Phoenix Stadium is 1 Cardinals Drive.

-The football field that is played on at University of Phoenix Stadium actually sits in a huge tray that can be rolled in and out of the stadium in one piece to accommodate other events that may require a different surface.

-It cost 455 million dollars to build this stadium after ground was broken on the project in 2003.

-The architect of University of Phoenix Stadium was Peter Eisenman. Some of the other facilities he has designed include the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany.

-University of Phoenix Stadium was the site of Super Bowl XLII where the previously unbeaten New England Patriots fell to the underdog New York Giants.

-The stadium hosted Wrestlemania XXVI in 2010 which made it just the third Wrestlemania to be held in an open air venue.

-The stadium features 88 luxury suites.

-The first regular season professional football game played in the stadium featured the hometown Arizona Cardinals beating the visiting San Francisco 49ers 34-27.

-The first NFL touchdown scored in University of Phoenix Stadium was a 31 yard pass from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to tight end Vernon Davis.

-Thanks to the world class air conditioning system in place in their new stadium, playing in the University of Phoenix Stadium allowed the Arizona Cardinals to play at home on the opening weekend of the NFL season for the first time since they had moved to the state in 1988.

-As the site of the Fiesta Bowl, this stadium hosts the BCS National Championship Game once every four years. It has hosted the big game before in 2007 when Florida defeated Ohio State for the title and then again in 2011 when Auburn beat Oregon to become champions.

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