State Farm Stadium
The Big Toaster
State Farm Stadium logo.svg
State Farm Stadium 2022.jpg
State Farm Stadium in 2022
Glendale is located in Arizona
Location in Arizona
Glendale is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Former namesCardinals Stadium
(August–September 2006)
University of Phoenix Stadium
Address1 Cardinals Drive
LocationGlendale, Arizona
Coordinates33°31′41″N 112°15′47″W / 33.528°N 112.263°W / 33.528; -112.263Coordinates: 33°31′41″N 112°15′47″W / 33.528°N 112.263°W / 33.528; -112.263
Parking14,000 on-site parking spaces
OwnerArizona Sports and Tourism Authority
OperatorASM Global[1]
Executive suites88
Capacity63,400 (expandable to 72,200;
standing room to 78,600[2][3])
SurfaceNatural grass:
Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda
Broke groundApril 12, 2003
OpenedAugust 1, 2006; 16 years ago (August 1, 2006)
Renovated2014, 2017
Construction cost$455 million[4]
($612 million in 2021 dollars[5])
ArchitectEisenman Architects
Populous (then HOK Sport)
Structural engineerTLCP Structural, Inc. (bowl)[6]
Walter P Moore[7] and designed by Walter P Moore (roof)[8]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[9]
General contractorHunt Construction Group[10]
Arizona Cardinals (NFL) (2006–present)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL) (2020)
Fiesta Bowl (NCAA) (2007–present)

State Farm Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Glendale, Arizona, United States, west of Phoenix. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) and the annual Fiesta Bowl. State Farm Stadium replaced Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe as the home of the Cardinals. The stadium is adjacent to Desert Diamond Arena, former home of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.

The stadium has hosted the Fiesta Bowl, 2007 and 2011 BCS National Championship Games, 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and will host Super Bowl LVII in 2023. For soccer, it was one of the stadiums for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup also the first semi-final of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa América Centenario in 2016. For basketball, it hosted the NCAA Final Four in 2017, which is scheduled to return in 2024.

The stadium opened in 2006 as Cardinals Stadium. Later that year in September, the University of Phoenix acquired naming rights, renaming it University of Phoenix Stadium, in what was initially a 20-year agreement. The current name was announced in September 2018 and comes from insurance company State Farm, which has an 18-year commitment on their naming rights deal.[11][12]


Since moving to Arizona from St. Louis in 1988, the Cardinals had played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. The Cardinals planned to play there for only a few years, until a new stadium could be built in Phoenix. However, the savings and loan crisis derailed funding for a new stadium during the 1990s. Over time, the Cardinals expressed frustration at being merely tenants in a college football stadium. The lack of having their own stadium denied them additional revenue streams available to other NFL teams. The Cardinals campaigned several times in the years prior to its construction for a new and more modern facility.

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new stadium in 2003 was held on April 12, and after three years of construction, the 63,400-seat venue opened on August 1, 2006. It was designed by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport (now Populous).[13] The stadium is considered an architectural icon for the region and was named by Business Week as one of the ten “most impressive” sports facilities on the globe due to the combination of its retractable roof (engineering design by Walter P Moore) and roll-in natural grass field,[14] similar to the GelreDome and the Veltins-Arena.[15]

LED video and ribbon displays from Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota were installed in 2006 prior to Arizona's first game of the season at the new stadium.[16]

The cost of the project was $455 million, which included $395.4 million for the stadium, $41.7 million for site improvements, and $17.8 million for the land. Contributors to the stadium included the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority ($302.3 million), the Arizona Cardinals ($143.2 million), and the City of Glendale ($9.5 million).

The playing field outside and lined for the Arizona Cardinals.
The playing field outside and lined for the Arizona Cardinals.
The interior with field removed. To protect the stadium's grass playing surface, non-football events are always held with the facility in this configuration.
The interior with field removed. To protect the stadium's grass playing surface, non-football events are always held with the facility in this configuration.

The stadium has 88 luxury suites – called luxury lofts – with space for 16 future suites as the stadium matures.

The 25 acres (10 ha) surrounding the stadium is called Sportsman's Park (the team had previously played in a venue of the same name in St. Louis from 1960 to 1965). Included within the Park is an 8-acre (3.2 ha) landscaped tailgating area called the Great Lawn. The approximate elevation at field level is 1,070 feet (330 m) above sea level.

Cardinals win NFC Championship, January 18, 2009
Cardinals win NFC Championship, January 18, 2009

The stadium seating capacity can be expanded by 8,800 for "mega-events" such as college bowls, NFL Super Bowls, the NFC Championship Game, and the Final Four[17] by adding risers and ganged, portable "X-frame" folding seats. The end zone area on the side of the facility where the field tray rolls in and out of the facility can be expanded to accommodate an additional tier of seating which slopes down from the scoreboard level.

The roof is made out of translucent Birdair fabric and opens in 12 minutes. It is the first retractable roof ever built on an incline.


Stadium roof in 2007
Stadium roof in 2007

Events held at the stadium include Arizona Cardinals home games; public grand opening tours held August 19–20, 2006 (attended by 120,000 people); various shows, expositions, tradeshows and motor sport events; the AIA 4A and 5A state championship games for football; and international soccer exhibition matches.

The multipurpose nature of the facility has allowed it to host 91 events representing 110 event days between the dates of August 4, 2006 through the BCS National Championship January 8, 2007.


The first preseason football game was played August 12, 2006 when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21–13. The first regular season game was played September 10 against the San Francisco 49ers (the Cardinals won 34–27). The stadium's air-conditioning system made it possible for the Cardinals to play at home on the opening weekend of the NFL season for the first time since moving to Arizona in 1988.

On October 16, 2006, the stadium hosted a notable game between the Cardinals and the undefeated Chicago Bears where the Bears came back from a 20-point deficit to defeat the Cardinals. The Bears would later go on to play in Super Bowl XLI.

University of Phoenix Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 in which the New York Giants defeated the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17–14 with a paid attendance crowd of 71,101. This was the second time the Phoenix area hosted a Super Bowl, the other being Super Bowl XXX held in nearby Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17.

The Cardinals' first home playoff game since 1947 took place at the stadium on January 3, 2009, with Arizona beating the Atlanta Falcons, 30–24. The stadium also hosted the 2008 NFC Championship Game between the Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles on January 18, 2009, which the Cardinals won 32–25 in front of over 70,000 fans in attendance and advanced to Super Bowl XLIII.

The 2015 Pro Bowl was the first Pro Bowl to be held at the same location as the same year's Super Bowl since 2010. The Pro Bowl returned to Hawaii in 2016.[18] On February 1, 2015, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 in Super Bowl XLIX held at the stadium.

On November 30, 2020, it was announced that because of Santa Clara County's new COVID-19 rules barring contact sports, the 49ers could not play at their home Levi's Stadium; the 49ers were subsequently forced to play their final three home games against the Buffalo Bills, the Washington Football Team, and the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Including the road game against the Cardinals, the 49ers played four straight games at State Farm Stadium to end the season.

Super Bowl LVII will be held at the stadium on February 12, 2023.

Aerial view of the stadium in 2007
Aerial view of the stadium in 2007

College football

The stadium was the venue for the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2007 featuring the Boise State Broncos vs. the University of Oklahoma Sooners (Boise State won 43–42 in overtime); and the BCS National Championship on January 8, 2007 between the (1) Ohio State Buckeyes and the (2) University of Florida Gators, which the Gators won 41–14.

It also hosted the 2008 Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia University Mountaineers, as well as the 2009 Fiesta Bowl between the Texas Longhorns and the Ohio State Buckeyes. It has also held many high school graduations.

On January 10, 2011, the 2011 BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks had an attendance record setting 78,603 on hand for the game.

On January 11, 2016, University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship Game featuring the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers.

On December 31, 2022, as part of the College Football Playoff's semifinal games, State Farm Stadium hosted the 2022 Fiesta Bowl, featuring the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs and No. 2 ranked Michigan Wolverines.

College basketball

2017 NCAA Final Four
2017 NCAA Final Four

Before 2018, the venue was known as University of Phoenix Stadium. It hosted the Final Four, the semifinals and championship game of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, in 2017, and will do so again in 2024.


This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "State Farm Stadium" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

On February 7, 2007, the stadium hosted a soccer match attended by 62,462 fans. The United States men's national soccer team defeated Mexico, 2–0. On January 21, 2012, the U.S. played against Venezuela and won the match 1–0.

On January 30, 2013, Mexico played against Denmark,[19] a game that was broadcast on Televisa Deportes, UniMás, and TV Azteca.[citation needed] The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[19]

On November 19, 2015, the stadium was one of the sites selected for the 2016 Copa América Centenario.[20][21][22] The stadium hosted three matches, including Mexico vs. Uruguay on June 5, and the third-place match (United States vs. Colombia) on June 25.

In club soccer, Real Madrid battled MLS side LA Galaxy in August 2013. The Spanish side defeated the Galaxy 3–1.

The stadium has hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the first semi-final of the 2019 Gold Cup.

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
February 7, 2007  United States 2–0  Mexico International Friendly 62,462
July 12, 2009  Panama 4–0  Nicaragua 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C 23,876
 Mexico 2–0  Guadeloupe
November 19, 2011  United States women 1–1  Sweden women Women’s International Friendly 18,482
January 21, 2012  United States 1–0  Venezuela International Friendly 22,403
December 1, 2012  United States women 2–0  Republic of Ireland women Women’s International Friendly 11,570
January 30, 2013  Mexico 1–1  Denmark International Friendly 43,345
August 1, 2013 Spain Real Madrid 3–1 United States LA Galaxy 2013 International Champions Cup Round 1 38,922
April 2, 2014  United States 2–2  Mexico International Friendly 59,066
July 12, 2015  Guatemala 0–0  Mexico 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C 62,910
 Trinidad and Tobago 2–0  Cuba
December 13, 2015  United States women 2–0  China women Women’s International Friendly 19,066
June 5, 2016  Mexico 3–1  Uruguay Copa América Centenario Group C 60,025
June 8, 2016  Ecuador 2–2  Peru Copa América Centenario Group B 11,937
June 25, 2016  Colombia 1–0  United States Copa América Centenario Third place game 29,041
July 20, 2017  Jamaica 2–1  Canada 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals 37,404
 Mexico 1–0  Honduras
January 27, 2019  United States 3–0  Panama International Friendly 9,040
July 2, 2019  Mexico 1–0  Haiti 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-final 62,363
July 24, 2021  Qatar 3–2  El Salvador 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals 64,211
 Mexico 3–0  Honduras
June 2, 2022  Uruguay 3–0  Mexico International Friendly 57,735


An attendance record setting 72,219 fans at the State Farm Stadium for WrestleMania XXVI
An attendance record setting 72,219 fans at the State Farm Stadium for WrestleMania XXVI

The stadium hosted the WWE event WrestleMania XXVI which took place on March 28, 2010, with 72,219 fans in attendance.[23] This was the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania XI with a non-title match as a main event, the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Arizona and the third to be held in an open-air venue,[23][24] after WrestleMania IX and WrestleMania XXIV. The event grossed $5.8 million in ticket sales, making the event the highest grossing and attended entertainment event held at the University of Phoenix Stadium.[25]


Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
November 8, 2006 Rolling Stones Alice Cooper A Bigger Bang Tour 41,772 / 41,772 $3,286,121
November 26, 2007 Fall Out Boy Gym Class Heroes
Plain White T's
Cute Is What We Aim For
Young Wild Things Tour
May 31, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
Gary Allan
Sammy Hagar
Poets and Pirates Tour 40,098 / 47,132 $3,151,970
October 20, 2009 U2 The Black Eyed Peas U2 360° Tour 50,775 / 50,775 $4,912,050
September 16, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 56,524 / 56,524 $5,035,880
August 15, 2016 Guns N' Roses Zakk Wylde
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Not in This Lifetime... Tour 44,110 / 48,914 $4,257,189 [26]
August 4, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
WorldWired Tour 52,926 / 52,926 $5,246,586
September 19, 2017 U2 Beck The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 42,814 / 42,814 $4,169,215 [27]
May 8, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Reputation Stadium Tour 59,157 / 59,157 $7,214,478 Before the tour began, Swift invited 2,000 foster and adopted children to a private dress rehearsal.[28]
September 19, 2018 Beyoncé
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 37,174 / 37,174 $4,426,568
March 23, 2019 Garth Brooks Easton Corbin The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour 77,653 / 77,653 $6,499,556 This is the highest attended indoor concert in Arizona history.
August 26, 2019 The Rolling Stones Kaleo No Filter Tour 52,726 / 52,726 $9,747,170 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on May 7, 2019 but was postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure.[29] This is the highest-grossing concert in the stadium to date.
August 25, 2022 Mötley Crüe
Def Leppard
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Classless Act
The Stadium Tour [30]
August 30, 2022 The Weeknd Kaytranada
Mike Dean
After Hours til Dawn Tour
March 17, 2023 Taylor Swift Paramore
The Eras Tour TBA TBA
March 18, 2023

Other events

The stadium has also hosted other events, including the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship High School Marching Band competition and several high school graduations.[citation needed]

On August 1, 2009, the stadium hosted Monster Jam Summer Heat, with Maximum Destruction defeating Captain's Curse in the racing finals and Grave Digger winning the freestyle event.[citation needed]

The stadium hosted the inaugural Stadium Super Trucks race on April 6, 2013.[31]

On January 30, 2016, Monster Jam returned to the stadium for the first time since 2009, with 16 of the best trucks. On February 6, the AMA Supercross Championship raced for the first time, after visiting Chase Field from 1999 to 2015.

A panoramic view of the interior of the stadium before a Cardinals football game, September 27, 2009
Video of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris virtually touring the vaccination center at the stadium on February 8[32]

On February 10, 2019 Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to an audience of 68,000, a capacity larger than many events due to the majority of the field space being filled with seats.[citation needed]

On January 11, 2021, the stadium began to be used for administering COVID-19 vaccines 24/7,[33] averaging 7,000 vaccinations per day with the assistance of 500 volunteers.[34]

Naming rights

The movable field outside of the stadium.
The movable field outside of the stadium.

On September 26, 2006 the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights to the stadium totalling $154.5 million over 20 years.[35] On April 11, 2017, the University of Phoenix terminated the naming rights just 11 years into the 20-year deal, citing financial woes; however, the university kept its name on the stadium until a replacement company was found. On September 4, 2018, State Farm reached a deal securing the rights through 2036. University of Phoenix will remain involved as a sponsor with the team in a reduced capacity as the Cardinals' "official education partner."

Parking space

The stadium has approximately 14,000 on-site parking spaces (plus 12,000 adjacent spaces),[36] located in numerous lots that surround the stadium's 2,000 disabled parking spaces. The design improvement, featured for example in a Discovery program about this stadium, is zoning. Parking spaces for guests are zoned with preferred leaving directions, to achieve the fastest possible movement of traffic.[37]


  1. ^ "SMG Selected to Manage, Operate, Maintain and Market the University of Phoenix Stadium". Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Big Game On the Horizon". February 9, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2008.
  3. ^ Auburn Claims SEC's Fifth Straight National Title By Dropping Oregon On Late Field Goal
  4. ^ University of Phoenix Stadium Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine Funding & Economic Impact
  5. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "The University of Phoenix Stadium Sets New Standards". STRUCTURE magazine. February 1, 2008. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  7. ^ – University of Phoenix Stadium[dead link]
  8. ^ Gannon, Todd (2008). Eisenman Architects/University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p. 100.
  9. ^ M-E Engineers, Inc. - Projects Archived 2012-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Don Muret (September 18, 2006). "The Cardinals Signature Stadium". Sports Business Journal. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Urban, Darren (September 4, 2018). "New Name For Cardinals' Nest: State Farm Stadium". NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cardinals Reach Naming Rights Agreement with State Farm; Iconic Arizona Venue to be Known as State Farm Stadium". (Press release). State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Stadium Statistics Archived 2012-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "".
  15. ^ World-Class Sports Stadiums: BusinessWeek
  16. ^ "Installation Spotlight: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz". Archived from the original on February 3, 2010.
  17. ^ Watters, Carrie (January 11, 2009). "Cards vs. Eagles Sells Out in 6 Minutes". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  18. ^ "2015 Pro Bowl to be played in Arizona". Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  19. ^ a b "Mexico vs. Denmark - Football Match Summary". ESPN. January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  20. ^ "Ten Metropolitan Areas from Across the United States Selected to Host Copa America Centenario". November 19, 2015.
  21. ^ "Diez áreas metropolitanas de Estados Unidos han sido seleccionadas para la organización de la Copa América Centenario". November 19, 2015.
  22. ^ "Ten Metropolitan Areas from Across the United States Selected to Host Copa America Centenario". US Soccer. November 19, 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Arizona Hosts WrestleMania XXVI". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  24. ^ "WWE Magazine Feature of the Week". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  25. ^ "WrestleMania XXVI Breaks Record". World Wrestling Entertainment. March 28, 2010. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  26. ^ Young, Alex (June 30, 2016). "Wolfmother, Zakk Wylde to open Guns N' Roses' reunion tour". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  27. ^ Woodbury, Jason P. (June 19, 2017). "U2 Will Bring Joshua Tree Tour to Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  28. ^ Nesvig, Kara (May 7, 2018). "Taylor Swift Invited 2,000 Foster Children to a Private "Reputation" Show". Teen Vogue. Archived from the original on March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  29. ^ Kaufman, Gil (May 16, 2019). "Rolling Stones Announce Rescheduled North American Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  30. ^ "Events". State Farm Stadium's Official Website. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  31. ^ "Schedule". Stadium Super Trucks. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  32. ^ "Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris During Tour of the State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site in Glendale, Arizona". The White House. February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  33. ^ Pela, Robrt (January 22, 2021). "What It Was Like Getting Vaccinated at State Farm Stadium". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  34. ^ Weiner, Alex (February 4, 2021). "State Farm Stadium Still Open for Vaccinations during the Super Bowl". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  35. ^ Wong, Scott (September 26, 2006). "Stadium Name Deal: $154.5 mil Over 20 Years". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 26, 2006.[dead link]
  36. ^ Statistics – University of Phoenix Stadium Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ Parking & Directions – University of Phoenix Stadium Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine