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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.

Retractable Playing Field

The roll-out natural grass playing field is contained in a single 40 inch deep tray measuring 234 feet wide and 403 feet long. Rolling on 546 steel wheels which rest on 13 railroad-like tracks the field travels the 740 feet inside or out of the stadium in less in than an hour at the push of a button.
Designed to have the feel and playability of a traditional grass playing surface, the field allows sporting events to be played on natural grass (Tifway 419) indoors while providing unrestricted access to the stadium floor for events and staging and getting the maximum amount of sunshine and nourishment when parked outside in the desert sun.

Retractable Roof

University of Phoenix Stadium presented designers with a mix of challenges requiring a blend of mechanical, electronic and controls solutions. Of these, controlling the retractable roof which operates at an incline was one of the most difficult. To solve this, designers created a 480-horsepower system to move the two roof panels and maintain control of the structure while in motion. Made of translucent Bird-Air fabric and moving on steel rails, the system incorporates the use of eight cable drums or winches that move each panel. Each cable drum is powered by four 7.5- horsepower motors that wind up a one-and-a-half-inch diameter cable.

university of phoenix stadium - facts & figures

Location: Glendale, AZ
Home Team/ Events:
Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Fiesta Bowl
Owner: Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority
Stadium Operator: SMG
Concessionaire: Rojo Hospitality Group
Catering: Rojo Hospitality Group
Retail Concessionaire: Fanatics
Security & Event Staff: S.A.F.E. Management
Architects: Eisenman Architects, HOK Sport
GEN Contractor: Hunt Construction
Cost: $455.7 million
Funding: AZSTA $300.4 m; Cardinals $145.4 m; Glendale $9.9 m
Pouring Rights: Coca-Cola
Stadium Partners: Verizon, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Gila River Casinos, Hyundai
Ticketing: Ticketmaster
Video Displays: (2) Daktonics

university of phoenix stadium - by the numbers

1.7 Million Square footage of stadium
5 Stadium Levels. 00-Field, 100-Main, 200-Club, 300- Loft, 400- Terrace
88 Total number of luxury lofts in stadium
7,501 Total number of clubs seats in stadium
7 Number of Club lounges
63,400 Seating Capacity (expandable to 73,000 for major events)
1,250 Approximate number of shade trees used throughout the stadium
21 Number of vertical slots on the exterior wall of stadium
30 Height in feet of the giant exterior gate identification numbers
19 Width of the stadium seats; club seats are 21 inches
10 Number of elevators for public use
18 Number of escalators for public use
1,175 Total restroom fixtures (33 women's, 28 men's and 12 family)
310 Permanent concession locations
8,000 Tons of cooling provided by the stadium air conditioning systems
14,000 Number of on-site parking spaces (11,000 additional privately managed spaces)
15,451 Square footage of the Arizona Cardinals locker room complex
454,785 Votes in favor of Proposition 302 stadium legislation in 2000
1,218 Days between groundbreaking (4/12/03 and inaugural game (8/12/06)
16,340 Jobs created by Proposition 302; overall impact is $1.95 billion
10,000 Approximate number of metallic panels that make up the exterior skin
2/3/08 Date of Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium

retractable roof

242' x 361' Size of roof opening; when open exposing entire playing field
700' Length of each of the two Brunnel trusses supporting the stadium roof
490,000 Square feet in the surface area of the roof
18.5 million Approximate weight in pounds of the total roof
550 Weight in tons of each roof panel
10 Approximate minutes to open or close the roof
25 Speed in feet per minute which the roof moves (1/4 m.p.h.)

Retractable Field

18.9 Million
Weight in pounds of the retractable field tray
234' x 403' Size of the field tray; it is 3.5 feet high
546 Number of steel wheels that roll the field on top of 13 parallel steel rails
60-65 Approximate minutes to move playing field in or out of the stadium
740 Total distance traveled by the field when moving inside or out of the stadium
76 Total horsepower required to move the retractable field
94,000 Total square feet of natural grass (over two acres)
0 Number of other fully retractable fields in North America
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