State Farm Stadium
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State Farm Stadium in 2022
Glendale is located in Arizona
Location of State Farm Stadium 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, U.S.
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)
Fiesta Bowl (NCAA) (2007–present)

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

The stadium has been the host of the Fiesta Bowl since 2007. It hosted two BCS National Championship games in 2007 and 2011 respectively. It hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2016, three Super Bowls (2008, 2015, and 2023), as well as the Pro Bowl in 2015. 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 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. 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.
Stadium roof in 2007
Stadium roof in 2007
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.

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.


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

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 was held at the stadium on February 12, 2023, featuring the NFC Conference Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the AFC Conference Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Rihanna performed during the halftime show. The Chiefs won the contest 38–35.

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

Arizona Cardinals Record at State Farm Stadium

Season Preseason Record Regular Season Record Playoff Record Overall Record
2006 1–1 3–5 did not qualify 4–6
2007 0–2 6–2 did not qualify 6–4
2008 0–2 6–2 2–0 8–4
2009 0–2 4–4 1–0 5–6
2010 2–0 4–4 did not qualify 6–4
2011 1–1 6–2 did not qualify 7–3
2012 1–1 4–4 did not qualify 5–5
2013 1–1 6–2 did not qualify 7–3
2014 1–1 7–1 0–0 8–2
2015 0–2 6–2 1–0 7–4
2016 1–1 4–3–1 did not qualify 5–4–1
2017 1–1 5–3 did not qualify 6–4
2018 1–1 1–7 did not qualify 2–8
2019 1–1 2–5–1 did not qualify 3–6–1
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic 4–4 did not qualify 4–4
2021 1–1 3–5 0–0 4–6
2022 0–1 1–7 did not qualify 1–8
Total 12–19 72–62–2 4–0 88–81–2

Super Bowls

Super Bowl NFC Team AFC Team Result(winning team) Halftime Show Attendance
Super Bowl XLII New York Giants New England Patriots 17–14(New York Giants) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 71,101
Super Bowl XLIX Seattle Seahawks New England Patriots 28–24(New England Patriots) Katy Perry featuring
Lenny Kravitz,
Missy Elliott,
Arizona State University
Sun Devil Marching Band
Super Bowl LVII Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs 38–35(Kansas City Chiefs) Rihanna 67,827

College football

The stadium was the new venue for the Fiesta Bowl since 2007, replacing Sun Devil Stadium. The first Fiesta Bowl at the stadium was held on January 1, 2007, featuring the Boise State Broncos vs. the University of Oklahoma Sooners, with Boise State winning 43-42 in overtime. It also hosted 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.

On January 10, 2011, the stadium hosted the 2011 BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks, which 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 Bowl Game Results

Winning Team Losing Team Bowl Game Score Attendance
No. 9 Boise State No. 7 Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl 43−41OT 73,719
No. 2 Florida No. 1 Ohio State 2007 BCS National Championship Game 41−14 74,628
No. 11 West Virginia No. 3 Oklahoma 2008 Fiesta Bowl 48−28 70,016
No.3 Texas No. 10 Ohio State 2009 Fiesta Bowl 24−21 72,047
No. 6 Boise State No. 3 TCU 2010 Fiesta Bowl 17−10 73,227
No. 9 Oklahoma No. 25 UConn 2011 Fiesta Bowl 48−20 67,232
No. 1 Auburn No. 2 Oregon 2011 BCS National Championship Game 22−19 78,603
No. 3 Oklahoma State No. 4 Stanford 2012 Fiesta Bowl 41−38OT 69,927
No. 5 Oregon No. 7 Kansas State 2013 Fiesta Bowl 35−17 70,242
No. 15 UCF No. 6 Baylor 2014 Fiesta Bowl (January) 52−42 65,172
No. 21 Boise State No. 12 Arizona 2014 Fiesta Bowl (December) 38−30 66,896
No. 7 Ohio State No. 8 Notre Dame 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January) 44−28 71,123
No. 2 Alabama No. 1 Clemson 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship 45−40 75,765
No. 3 Clemson No. 2 Ohio State College Football Playoff Semifinal 31−0 70,236
No. 9 Penn State No. 12 Washington 2017 Fiesta Bowl 35−28 61,842
No. 11 LSU No. 7 UCF 2019 Fiesta Bowl (January) 40−32 57,246
No. 3 Clemson No. 2 Ohio State College Football Playoff Semifinal 29−23 71,330
No. 12 Iowa State No. 25 Oregon 2021 Fiesta Bowl 34−17 0*
No. 9 Oklahoma State No. 5 Notre Dame 2022 Fiesta Bowl (January) 37−35 49,550
No. 3 TCU No. 2 Michigan College Football Playoff Semifinal 51−45 71,723

note:* 2021 Fiesta Bowl only allowed family members of both Universities due to Covid-19 & did not record an official attendance

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. The 2017 Final Four featured South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and North Carolina. Gonzaga defeated South Carolina in the first semifinal game 77–73 and North Carolina defeated Oregon in the second semifinal game 77–76. North Carolina defeated Gonzaga for their 6th national title, 31–65. State Farm Stadium will host the 2024 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.


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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
April 19, 2023  United States 1–1  Mexico International Friendly 55,730
June 29, 2023  Qatar  Honduras 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
 Haiti  Mexico


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 professional wrestling 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.
May 12, 2022 Coldplay H.E.R.Kacy Hill Music of the Spheres World Tour 42,849 / 42,849 $3,542,528 Originally scheduled for May 3, 2022 but it was rescheduled due to logistical reasons.
August 25, 2022 Mötley Crüe
Def Leppard
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Classless Act
The Stadium Tour 45,131 / 45,131 $6,379,829 [30]
August 30, 2022 The Weeknd Kaytranada
Mike Dean
After Hours til Dawn Tour 53,969 / 53,969 $6,200,909
March 17, 2023 Taylor Swift Paramore
The Eras Tour This is the first act in the stadium's history to sell out two shows on a single tour. Glendale symbolically renamed itself to "Swift City" to honor the fact the stadium kicked off the tour.[31][32]
March 18, 2023
May 6, 2023 George Strait Chris Stapleton
Little Big Town
May 14, 2023 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
The Global Stadium Tour [34]
August, 24 2023 Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour [35]
September 1, 2023 Metallica Pantera
Mammoth WVH
M72 World Tour No repeat weekend. 2 different nights, 2 different sets, 2 different opening acts.[36]
September 3, 2023 Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills

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.[37]

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[38]

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,[39] averaging 7,000 vaccinations per day with the assistance of 500 volunteers.[40]

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.[41] On April 11, 2017, the University of Phoenix terminated the naming rights just over halfway into the 20-year deal, citing financial woes. The university kept its name on the stadium until a replacement sponsor 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),[42] 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.[43]


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