About State Farm Stadium

Designed by New York architect Peter Eisenman in partnership with HOK Sports and Hunt Construction Group, State Farm Stadium is a prime example of sophisticated engineering, technology, and design.

Home to the Arizona Cardinals Football Club (NFL), the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous other sports and entertainment events and activities, State Farm Stadium has garnered notable recognition in its brief history including being named 'Event Site of the Year' by Event Solutions Magazine in 2007, Best NFL Facility by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2006 and 2007, NFL's best playing surface in 2008 and Best New Venue of the 2000s by SportsIllustrated.com.

Delivering a world-class experience for fans, event organizers and participants, the stadium's innovative approach to sports facility design incorporates the first retractable natural grass playing surface in North America and the first completely retractable roof operating at an incline. The stadium's exterior skin of shimmering metal panels reflects the shifting desert light while 21 vertical glass-walled slots incorporated into the building exterior offer fans inside the stadium outstanding views of the desert horizon.

Opening in 2006, the stadium offers outstanding, unobstructed views for 63,400 fans with the ability to expand to 73,000 for mega-events. The stadium has hosted two Super Bowls (NFL), two National College Football Championship games, and the 2017 NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship. Encompassing over 1.7 million square feet of space, State Farm Stadium has numerous premium seating and space options including 88 lofts and 7,505 club seats.

State Farm Stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority (AZSTA) and operated by ASM Global.


Retractable Playing Field

The roll-out natural grass playing field is contained in a single 40 inch deep tray measuring 234 feet wide and 403 feet long. Rolling on 546 steel wheels which rest on 13 railroad-like tracks the field travels the 740 feet inside or out of the stadium in approximately 70 minutes at the push of a button.

Designed to have the feel and playability of a traditional grass playing surface, the field allows sporting events to be played on natural grass (Tifway 419) indoors while providing unrestricted access to the stadium floor for events and staging and getting the maximum amount of sunshine and nourishment when parked outside in the desert sun.


Retractable Roof

State Farm Stadium presented designers with a mix of challenges requiring a blend of mechanical, electronic and controls solutions. Of these, controlling the retractable roof which operates at an incline was one of the most difficult. To solve this, designers created a 480-horsepower system to move the two roof panels and maintain control of the structure while in motion. Made of translucent Bird-Air fabric and moving on steel rails, the system incorporates the use of eight cable drums or winches that move each panel. Each cable drum is powered by four 7.5-horsepower motors that wind up a one-and-a-half-inch diameter cable.


Stadium History

Completed in August of 2006, State Farm Stadium has set the standard in multi-purpose NFL facilities. The stadium is home to a variety of different events including Arizona Cardinals home games, the annual Fiesta Bowl, international soccer matches, motorsports, trade & consumer shows, and corporate & social functions.

Designed with a roll-out natural grass field and retractable roof, the first of its kind in North America, the stadium is capable of converting from a sports facility to a multi-functional event space allowing it to host numerous event types in air-conditioned comfort.


Event Highlights

2006

  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, August 12, 2006 (first NFL preseason game)
  • AMP Motorsports Tour, August 26, 2006 (first monster truck event)
  • Arizona Cardinals vs.San Francisco 49ers, September 10, 2006 (Inaugural regular season NFL game)
  • Chivas vs. Club America, October 31, 2006 (first international soccer match)
  • Rolling Stones in Concert, November 8, 2006 (first major concert)

2007

  •  36th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Boise St. vs. Oklahoma, January 1, 2007 (Inaugural Fiesta Bowl game)
  •  BCS National Championship Game, Florida vs. Ohio State, January 8, 2007 (first ever BCS Championship Game)
  •  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, February 8, 2007 (first U.S. Men’s National Team Soccer event)
  •  Monster Truck Thunder Drags, September 8, 2007
  •  Cycle World International Motorcycle Expo, October 26-27, 2007
  •  AIA State High School Football Championships, December 7-8, 2007

2008

  • 37th Annual Fiesta Bowl, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, January 2, 2008
  •  NFL Super Bowl XLII, February 3, 2008 (first Super Bowl)
  •  International Sportsmen’s Expo, March 7-9, 2008
  •  Kenny Chesney Poets & Pirates Concert, May 31, 2008
  •  New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas, June 25, 2008
  •  Sollenberger Classic High School Football game, August 23, 2008
  •  Stadium Shootout College Basketball Tournament, December 20, 2008

2009

  • NFC Wildcard Game, Cardinals vs. Falcons, January 3, 2009
  • 38th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State vs. Texas, January 5, 2009
  • NFC Championship Game, Cardinals vs. Eagles, January 18, 2009
  • International Electric Flight Expo, March 12-15, 2009
  • NCAA Men’s West Regional Basketball Championship, March 26-28, 2009
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Tournament, July 12, 2009
  • Monster Jam, August 1, 2009
  • U2 in Concert, October 20, 2009

2010

  • NFC Wildcard Game, Cardinals vs. Packers, January 10, 2010
  • 39th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. TCU, January 4, 2010
  • WWE’s WrestleMania, March 28, 2010
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, December 13, 2010

2011

  • 40th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Connecticut, January 1, 2011
  • BCS National Championship Game, Oregon vs. Auburn, January 10, 2011
  • New York Red Bulls vs. Atlas, March 8, 2011
  • Monster Truck Nationals, March 26, 2011
  • Club America vs. Morelia, July 10, 2011
  • U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden, November 19, 2011
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, November 26, 2011

2012

  • 41st Annual Fiesta Bowl, Stanford vs. Oklahoma, January 1, 2012
  • USA Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela, January 21, 2012
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, June 8 - July 15, 2012
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, November 24, 2012
  • U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Ireland, December 1, 2012

2013

  • 42nd Annual Fiesta Bowl, Oregon vs. Kansas State, January 3, 2013
  • Mexican National Team vs. Denmark, January 30, 2013
  • Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks, April 6, 2013
  • LEGO KidsFest, July 12-14, 2013
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, November 30, 2013
  • Real Madrid vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, August 1, 2013

2014

  • 43rd Annual Fiesta Bowl, University of Central Florida vs. Baylor, January 1, 2014
  • Festival Fiesta Volleyball Tournament, February 15-17, 2014
  • U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, April 2, 2014
  • One Direction Concert, September 30, 2014
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, November 28, 2014
  • 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. Arizona, December 31, 2014

2015

  • NFL Pro Bowl, January 25, 2015
  • NFL Super Bowl XLIX, February 1, 2015
  • LEGO KidsFest, February 27-March 1, 2015
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup, July 12, 2015
  • AIA State High School Football Championship, November 27, 2015

2016

  • 45th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, January 1, 2016
  • College Football Playoff National Championship, Alabama vs. Clemson, January 11, 2016
  • NFC Divisional Championship Game, Cardinals vs. Packers, January 16, 2016
  • Monster Jam, January 30, 2016
  • Supercross, February 6, 2016
  • Copa America Centenario, June 26, 2016
  • Guns N’ Roses in Concert, August 15, 2016
  • Cactus Kickoff Classic, Brigham Young University vs. Arizona, September 3, 2016
  • Monster Jam, October 8, 2016
  • 46th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Clemson vs. Ohio State, December 31, 2016

2017

  • Monster Energy AMA Supercross, January 28, 2017
  • Monster Jam, February 4, 2017
  • NCAA Men's Final Four, April 1-3, 2017
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals, July 20, 2017
  • Metallica World Wired Tour, August 4, 2017
  • U2 Joshua Tree Tour, September 19, 2017
  • Monster Jam, October 7, 2017
  • Driftwood Festival, November 11, 2017
  • 47th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Penn State vs. Washigton, December 30, 2017

2018

  • Monster Energy AMA Supercross, January 27, 2018
  • Monster Jam, February 3, 2018
  • Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour Opening Night, May 8, 2018
  • Spartan Sprint Stadium Series, July 7, 2018
  • Manchester United v. Club America, July 19, 2018
  • OTRII ft. JAY-Z and Beyonce, September 19, 2018
  • Monster Jam, October 6, 2018

2019

  • 48th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Lousiana State University vs. University of Central Florida, January 1, 2019
  • Monster Energy AMA Supercross, January 12, 2019
  • Monster Jam, January 19, 2019
  • U.S. Men's National Soccer Team v. Panama, January 27, 2019
  • Mecum Auto Auctions, March 14-16, 2019
  • Garth Brooks Stadium Tour, Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinal Match, July 2, 2019
  • The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour, August 26, 2019
  • Monster Jam, October 5, 2019
  • 49th Annual Fiesta Bowl, December 28, 2019