August 1, 2006 saw the long-awaited opening of Phoenix’s best-known stadium. With 63,400 seats and state of the art engineering designs, the University of Phoenix Stadium has hosted a lot of major events and been awarded for its excellent services. It is arguably the first of its kind in the entire North America with its retractable roof and field.
- The stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and cost a whopping $455 million.
- It was originally known as Cardinals Stadium until the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights in September 2006 for $154.5 million. Don’t be misled; the stadium is not the University’s home stadium.
- The retractable roof was designed by Walter P Moore and its scheme came from Buro Happold. Buro Happold is the same firm behind major international edifices such as the Al Faisaliah Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- The stadium appeared on Business Week’s 2006 list of the ten “most impressive” sports facilities in the world.
- The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) bestowed the stadium the “Venue Excellence Award” in 2012.
- The February 7, 2007 match between the United States and Mexico men’s national soccer team gathered 62, 462 fans at the stadium. That is the most attended soccer game ever in the whole of Arizona.
- The stadium saw the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots by 17-14 at the 2007 Super Bowl XLII.
- Hosts the annual Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game every four years. The 2011 BCS game was Auburn Tigers beating Oregon Ducks 22-19.
- The stadium was packed with 72,219 wrestling fans when it hosted WrestleMania XXVI on March 28, 2010. The event featured the fiercest known wrestlers The Undertaker, John Cena, Batista, Vince McMahon, and others.
- Rolling Stones fans flocked the stadium on November 8, 2006 when the band held a concert as part of the Bigger Bang tour. The stadium is an excellent host of concerts, so always look out for Katy Perry tickets Phoenix as the singer is on her 2014 tour. Maybe we’ll see if the pregnancy rumors are true: http://www.katyperryzone.com/is-katy-perry-pregnant/.
- The Cardinals won 32-25 against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008-09 NFC Championship Game held at the stadium.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is already a home to a lot of history hallmarks in the field of sports and entertainment. There are certainly plenty to come.