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Monday, April 25, 2016

University of Phoenix Stadium

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

U - University of Phoenix Stadium

University of Phoenix Stadium is where the Arizona Cardinals play their football games, as well as a lot of other activities are held there.  We took a tour of the stadium and found out that the stadium in one way or another is used over 250 days a year for other sports playing, concerts, home improvement shows, etc.


This is where we waited to go into the stadium for the tour.



Another gate you can get in through.


The food court.



Looking inside the stadium.


The door where the field will be brought in (more about that below).



The sky roof (closed). It takes 20 minutes to open or close it.  If I remember correctly, the first time it will be opened for the year is in November and usually it isn't opened after April.



The field is brought in for the games.  Otherwise, it is maintained outside.  It takes 90 minutes to roll it in and out.



It was a very fascinating tour.  We went into the sky boxes which cost about $50,000 a year and that doesn't include parking for the game or food purchased.  

We went into the visiting team's locker room. The Arizona Cardinals, for whatever reason, do not want anyone other than the team in their locker rooms.

I can't remember exactly when the stadium was finished being built, but the reason it is called the University of Phoenix Stadium is because the University of Phoenix pays a certain amount of money every year and will do so to the stadium for I think 20 years to have the right to have the stadium called the University of Phoenix.

We took the tour last July 2015, so I'm a bit rusty on the facts of the tour, but it was very interesting and I would recommend it highly if ever in Phoenix.

What is your favorite sport?

Mine is a mixture of football and basketball.  

48 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Had a bat and ball in my hands when I could barely walk as a baby. So baseball is my sport of choice. The tour you took looked interesting. But I have to admit my favorite part was the sky roof. How cool is that? Of course seeing the field rolled in might be fun too.

joeh said...

Interesting about the field. Stupid question, is it real or turf? Never mind, I'm going to Google it.

joeh said...

Natural! I would have bet it was artificial...very cool.

Liz A. said...

Stadiums are fascinating.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I like watching Rugby, but mostly I prefer to watch sports like Ice Dancing and Gymnastics rather than field games.
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Eileen T said...

Fascinating to see that the field is moveable. I'm not really a sports lover and don't really watch anything on TV, but occasionally watch one of the local village cricket matches.

Bijoux said...

I'm not much of a sports fan, but I guess I'd pick tennis, because my son played.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think its great that it is used for other things beside sports. Interesting that the field is maintained outdoors. I never thought about what they did with it when not in use. I enjoy baseball and sometimes basket ball but never was a football fan...the boys are though and when they were home it was always playing on tv.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm not a sports fan but I am fascinated by stadiums, especially their size!

Joanne said...

Looks like a cool stadium. We toured your baseball field when we visited Phoenix. Also interesting how they deal with the heat. I personally like ice hockey to see live.

Maria Zannini said...

$50,000 for a box and you don't get free food or parking?

Wow!

I have no sports that I like to watch. Occasionally if the hometown team is playing I might watch a little baseball.

jack69 said...

Nice tour. Beautiful. Now the main thing I was glad to hear was the amount of usage it gets. THAT IS Good. I hate to see a huge structure used seldom.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, 90 minutes to haul it in, never knew they did that. $50,000 but no food? Cheapos lol really, why would you want to waste that much money?

Linda said...

Very interesting tour, especially the grass and sky roof! I like all sports, best when I know the people playing. Our new stadium will be opening soon.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We pretty much love them all but my son is a high school football coach so I'll go with that one. That's a pretty cool stadium.

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lyndagrace said...

Those are interesting facts. The stadium looks huge. When I was a kid I loved the Yankees. I'm not into watching any sports now, though.

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful school and football field!!! It looks huge.

Sophie Duncan said...

So they roll the field in and out of the stadium - I had never considered moving a playing field as an option! :)
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Kathleen Valentine said...

I have a friend here who moved from Arizona and is a staunch Cardinals fan. I'm sure she would agree with you.

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Rebecca Green Gasper said...

The stadium is really cool. So interesting how they bring in the turf.

Betty Draper said...

St Louis Cardinals baseball...grew up on it. since living in two third world countries though, soccer has become a favorite. We have a friend who is the administrator of a ice hockey areas, that was a fascinating tour we took since we knew so little about the sport. My usual answer on sports is, I like any sport my grown children or grand children are playing in.

Thea O'Brian said...

I remember another stadium myself. Many moons ago when I was in grade school I played my clarinet at one of the games. There were a lot of high school bands that were invited to play. This is the stadium in Houston, Texas. I tried walking to the top of the stadium where there were seats. It made me literally ill to get up that high and at a lean.
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Intense Guy said...

Amazing how much money gets put into "Sports" -- I hope the Arizona taxpayers didn't get stuck with the bill (like they did in Philadelphia...instead of just letting the Eagle move somewhere else...)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I read about that moving field, so different! I believe I have passed this stadium heading to Peoria, AZ. That sounds like a fun tour. I like to watch Golf on TV. I only watch football and basketball because Adam & Mark are often watching.

T. A. Miles said...

I live in a university town, so we have lots of sports enthusiasts here...except for me. I'm the odd one in a family of football fans.

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cleemckenzie said...

My favorite team sport is basketball. Right now the Warriors are darned hot!

Paula Kaye said...

What a fascinating tour! When Richard and I were in Australia in 2000 we toured Olympic Stadium. It, too, was fascinating to learn just how they put on these huge events and manage the audiences!

Stephanie Finnell said...

And I am old enough to remember cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. ug
Great tour!
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Anoosha said...

Wow ! That's such a Gorgeous Stadium . Honestly , I have never been to a Stadium but This one definitely worth Seeing. Beautiful Pictures . My Favorite sport is Kabaddi .

Wendy said...

Wow how amazing. We were in Atlanta to see some Braves games and were there on a day when crowds were allowed out on the field to meet the players. Chipper Jones was INSIDE that day in a special room, but the line was way too long for us, so we opted for the field. We got to take pictures and have our pictures taken with a lot of the players. So much fun (that was our 25th anniversary). As you can guess, we're baseball fans. My husband also enjoys college football, not the pros as much.

Sarah Allan said...

Wow! I had no idea they were used so many days of the year for things. And that's really cool how they move the turf in for the games.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Not much of a sports person but this sounded great.

Lynn Proctor said...

Beautiful stadium- I'm not much of a sport lover- I used to enjoy tennis and volleyball

Lynn Proctor said...

Beautiful stadium- I'm not much of a sport lover- I used to enjoy tennis and volleyball

Megan Whitson Lee said...

This looks like a really cool (and big) stadium. I must admit I am not a football, baseball, or basketball fan. I used to love tennis (although I've moved away from it too). My favorite sport is horseback riding (and some might argue that's not a sport). ;)

Jo said...

I found that fascinating about rolling up the turf and moving it in or out of the stadium. As for sports, I don't watch any, but I 5 pin bowl twice a week which is a strictly Canadian game.

Jerralea said...

I don't really have a favorite sport, but I do love to watch the Olympics!

I am really fascinated with the idea the playing field is moved in and out of the stadium. I would have never considered such a thing.

Mevely317 said...

I took that tour a few years ago, but don't recall getting to see the sky boxes.
My only real 'take-away' was being surprised how small the field appears in person (vs. on TV).

The only sport I care about these days is college football, in particular the SEC. (War Eagle!!!)

shortybear said...

awesome

Susan Kane said...

My favorite sport is soccer/futball. We watched the World Cup in Switzerland, where Europe was glued to the TV. Nothing more exciting.

Joy said...

they need to give tours of the locker room when the players are there ;)

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Sunni said...

Very interesting facts and nice pictures of the stadium. I'm surprised you can't go into the locker room of the home team. I wonder why. I'm not really a sports fan of any type.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like an interesting tour. I remember passing that stadium when we took out trip to Arizona two years ago, and I know it wasn't there when I moved away in 1997. I like to watch ice skating and gymnastics.

Amanda Fleet said...

Oh wow - the field is brought in? When you first wrote that I thought it was a phrase for the team or something, not the whole grass field! How cool is that!
Really interesting post!
Amanda (from www.amandafleet.co.uk)

Deniz Bevan said...

That's really funny -- the field being outside and then brought in for the games. I never would have thought of that!

Veronica Lee said...

I am not big on sports but I did play badminton when I was younger. I used to enjoy swimming too.

J.L. Campbell said...

Impressive facility.

Birgit said...

So much money goes into this facility. My favourite sport is walking through museums....wait, that's not a sport??