University of Phoenix Stadium,
opened August 1, 2006, is a multipurpose football stadium
located in Glendale, Arizona
. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals
of the National Football League
(NFL) and the annual Fiesta Bowl
. The stadium is located next door to the Jobing.com Arena
, where the NHL
's Phoenix Coyotes
play, and it features the first fully retractable natural grass playing surface built in the United States on top of an AirField Systems drainage system. An opening on one side of the stadium allows the playing field to move to the exterior of the building, allowing the entire natural turf playing surface to be exposed to daylight.
The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII
, WrestleMania XXVI
and the 2011 BCS National Championship Game
, a game that it hosts every four years, which set the venue's entertainment attendance record of 78,603 on January 11, 2011.
The University of Phoenix
, a for-profit university
specializing in adult education
, acquired the naming rights
in September 2006, shortly after the stadium had opened under the name Cardinals Stadium
. The "University of Phoenix" name is applied as a corporate sponsor, and not as the home stadium of the University (which has no intercollegiate athletics program).
The 63,400-seat stadium (expandable to at least 78,600) opened on August 1, 2006 after three years of... Read More