NFL Stadium Showcase: University of Phoenix Stadium

NFL Stadium Showcase: University of Phoenix StadiumThe Arizona Cardinals are playing in their 10th season at University of Phoenix Stadium, in the western Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. The $455 million facility seats 63,400 for NFL games (expandable to 72,200), with standing room options of at least 78,600. The Cardinals have been the primary tenant of the building since it opened in 2006.

Because the venue is located in a warm weather tourist destination, it has and will continue to host numerous events. Two Super Bowls, the annual Fiesta Bowl and two BCS championship games have taken place at the complex. The stadium has also hosted many NCAA Tournament basketball games, soccer matches and other large capacity gatherings.

In addition to the facility’s retractable roof, one of the most unique aspects of the stadium involves its natural grass playing surface, that is mechanically transported outside to the absorb the warm desert sunlight, when not in use.

The city of Glendale has become a major sports destination, with the municipality of more than 200,000 hosting the Dodgers and White Sox Cactus League spring training venue, Camelback Ranch, as well as Gila River Arena, home to the Arizona Coyotes.

The area between Glendale Ave. and Maryland Ave (just off Arizona State Route 101) also boasts of the Westgate Entertainment District, a massive shopping, dining and entertainment complex, which includes a Renaissance Hotel property.

The combined sports complex and entertainment center is similar to the setup at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ Foxborough, Massachusetts home venue. 

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