Designed by New York architect Peter Eisenman in partnership with HOK Sports and Hunt Construction Group, University of Phoenix Stadium is a prime example of sophisticated engineering, technology, and design.
Home to the Arizona Cardinals Football Club (NFL), the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous other sports and entertainment events and activities, University of Phoenix Stadium has garnered notable recognition in its brief history including being named 'Event Site of the Year' by Event Solutions Magazine in 2007, Best NFL Facility by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2006 and 2007, NFL's best playing surface in 2008 and Best New Venue of the 2000s by SportsIllustrated.com.
Delivering a world-class experience for fans, event organizers and participants, the stadium's innovative approach to sports facility design incorporates the first retractable natural grass playing surface in North America and the first completely retractable roof operating at an incline. The stadium's exterior skin of shimmering metal panels reflects the shifting desert light while 21 vertical glass walled slots incorporated into the building exterior offer fans inside the stadium outstanding views of the desert horizon.
Opening in 2006, the stadium offers outstanding, unobstructed views for 63,400 fans with the ability to expand to 73,000 for mega events. The stadium has hosted two Super Bowls (NFL), two National College Football Championship games, and in April the stadium will be welcoming the 2017 NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship. Encompassing over 1.7 million square feet of space, University of Phoenix Stadium has numerous premium seating and space options including 88 lofts and 7,505 club seats.
University of Phoenix Stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority (AZSTA) and operated by SMG.