The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team that compete in the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League. The Cardinals were established in Chicago in 1898 and were an original member of the NFL in 1920. This makes the club the oldest continually run professional football team in the United States. The team was moved to St. Louis in 1960 until 1988 when they began playing in Arizona. The Cardinals won 2 NFL Championships while in Chicago (1925 and 1947), but have been much less successful since this time. The team has only made the Super Bowl on one occasion, in 2008 when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let’s find out where the Cardinals play their home games.
Where do the Arizona Cardinals play?
After moving to Arizona in 1988 the Cardinals began playing their home games at Sun Devil Stadium, which is located at the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. This stadium is the home of the Arizona State Sun Devils football team. During the Cardinals’ tenure the stadium had an approximate capacity of 74,000. In 2003 work began on a new home for the Cardinals and 3 years later, at a cost of $455 million, the stadium was open for play. The stadium was originally called Cardinals Stadium, but is now known as the University of Phoenix Stadium after that organization acquired the naming rights for 20 years in 2006 for $154.5 million. This stadium has an official capacity of 63,400, but can be expanded to 72,200 and further again to 78,600 with standing room. It has hosted a number of other events such as wrestling, soccer, concerts, the Super Bowl and many other events.
While in Chicago the Cardinals played at Normal Park, Comiskey Park, Soldier Field (only 4 games) and Metropolitan Stadium (2 games). In St. Louis the team played at Busch Stadium and Busch Memorial Stadium.
Did you know?
The University of Phoenix Stadium is considered to be an architectural marvel and features the first fully retractable natural grass surface in the United States. An opening on one side of the stadium allows the playing field to move outside of the building and this is how it is exposed to natural light. The following video shows this process in action.