An injury to starting quarterback Carson Palmer derailed the Arizona Cardinals’ bid to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium in 2014. But we imagine fans will more than happily settle for an appearance in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium this year instead. Until that hypothetical happens, get yourself some Cardinals tickets and see them in person at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Even with the loss of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and star cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets, the Cardinals boast the best defense in football to go with a solid offense helmed by receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The stadium itself is famous for its unique turf and its retractable roof, which means you can enjoy football games regardless of rain or shine (though, given this is Arizona we’re talking about, it’s most likely shine). The stadium’s architectural design is so beloved that it actually made Business Week’s list of the 10 “Most Impressive” sports venues in the world. It was the only American stadium in that group.
Capacity stands at 63,500—relatively cozy by NFL standards. It also has no obstructed view seats in the entire building, a rarity for NFL venues, even modern ones. From the food on its menu to the art murals gracing its concourse walls, the stadium is specifically designed to represent the culture and character of the American southwest. In fact, the place itself is built to look like a barrel cactus, a common plant in the Arizona region.
The best place to watch the game at the stadium is the Bird Zone, a prominent seating section behind the south end zone. Think of it like an equivalent to the Cleveland Browns’ famous Dawg Pound – as in, here is will you’ll find the Cardinals’ loudest and most ardent supporters. Are you one of them? Get your hands on some University of Phoenix Stadium tickets this season and prove it.