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New Exterior Look for Stadium Unveiled


The Arizona Cardinals and the Tourism and Sports Authority (TSA) have unveiled a new exterior look for the multipurpose stadium. The distinctive design was created by international architect Peter Eisenman specifically for the Glendale location.


?The previous exterior of the stadium has been totally redesigned to better reflect the Glendale site,? said Michael J. Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals vice president and general counsel. ?Now that the stadium has a permanent home we wanted to give it a fresh start with a fresh look.?


The basic form of Eisenman?s design takes its cue from a barrel cactus. The result is an outer skin featuring dramatic vertical slots that alternate with large, smooth panels. In addition, the design uses a fabric roof allowing light to penetrate, maintaining an airy feel inside.


While presenting the visual elements of the stadium, Eisenman stated, ?I believe this stadium could become one of the most recognizable in the country.?


The basic structural elements of the stadium remain unchanged. The stadium will have a fixed seating capacity of over 63,000 and is designed to accommodate a temporary seating increase to 73,000 for mega-events like the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and NFL Super Bowls. The stadium?s retractable roof and rollout field combination is a first in North America.


?The redesigned exterior does not add any cost to the project and, in fact, has the potential to save money,? said Ted Ferris, TSA president/CEO. ?Furthermore, the new exterior has no negative impact on the construction schedule.?


Ferris indicated the new exterior is a less complex design than the previous one and requires less steel. An updated project scope, budget and timetable will be completed next month for presentation to the TSA Board of Directors.


"Glendale is thrilled with the new design of the stadium,? said Ed Beasley, city manager. ?It is our belief that the project will gain world-wide recognition and will provide our neighborhoods and surrounding communities what they were hoping for in a stadium design -- one that complements the area and is pleasing to look at."


?The Cardinals deeply appreciate the energy and vision of our friend Peter Eisenman and the hospitality and partnership with the great city of Glendale,? said Bidwill. ?We look forward to next week?s groundbreaking, the construction process and moving into the permanent home of the Arizona Cardinals.?


The new $355.3 multipurpose stadium will host multiple events -- Cardinals football, Tostitos Fiesta Bowls, and future Super Bowls ? and other events such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament ?Final Fours? that Arizona currently cannot host. It is chiefly financed through a combination of a hotel bed tax, a surcharge on rental cars and contributions from the Cardinals.


New Multipurpose Stadium Fact Sheet


? The site is in Glendale, Ariz., between the Loop 101 and 91st Ave., Maryland Ave. and Bethany Home Road.


? The site?s Northwest Valley location is in the fastest growing area of the greater Phoenix area. The Loop 101 Freeway provides superior access to the site and all of the area's amenities.


? The site is located directly south of and adjacent to the new Coyotes Arena project which features a large master-planned, mixed-use retail, entertainment, and commercial development.


? The site is 165 acres, and is currently being purchased by the Arizona Cardinals from the Roveys and the Pendergasts, longtime West Valley farming families. The Cardinals will deed the land under the facility (approx. 25 acres) to the Tourism and Sports Authority. The rest of the land for parking will be deeded to the City of Glendale.


? Onsite parking will accommodate 16,000 cars. Offsite parking for an additional 6,000 cars is available at the Coyotes Arena and another 6,000 is available within one mile of the site.


? City of Glendale bus service will be available to the site.


? The stadium is aligned along a slight northwest to southeast axis to offer the maximum sun exposure for the grass field and maximum shade for stadium patrons.


? Infrastructure for the site beyond the drip line for the stadium is being provided by Glendale?s Community Facility District.




? The stadium is owned and will be operated by the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority.


? It is a state-of-the art facility featuring a roll-out natural grass field and retractable roof.


? The stadium will offer an air-conditioned space for 63,000 permanent seats, expandable to 73,000 for mega events like the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and NFL Super Bowls.


? For fan comfort, all seats will have backs, arm rests, and cup holders.


? For easier circulation and customer convenience, there will be wide concourses, and a sharp increase in the number of restroom toilets and concessions points-of-sale.


? The current design includes 88 individual suites on two levels. There is also some suite expansion capability.


? The exterior design of the stadium, provided by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, along with HOK Sport, will be very unique and will be a signature facility for Arizona. The basic form of the design takes its cue from a barrel cactus and offers alternating vertical slots with smooth panels. In addition, the translucent "Bird-Air" fabric roof will allow the stadium to have an open, airy feel even then the roof is closed.


? The roof has two large retractable panels that will uncover the entire playing field while providing maximum shading for fans. The roof can be closed and the facility air conditioned in the hot months, while the roof can be opened to take advantage of the Valley?s world-famous climate in cooler months.


The Field


? The natural grass playing surface is contained in a retractable, 12-million pound tray that will be 234 feet wide by 400 feet long, the first of its kind in North America.


? Natural grass is the preferred surface for professional football and is required for World Cup Soccer.


? Rollout natural grass playing fields are successfully used in European and Asian stadiums.


? Having the rollout field saves $50 million in costs since it is more economical to move the field than having the entire roof retract to allow the necessary sunshine to reach the grass (like Bank One Ballpark).


? The field will support approximately 94,000 square feet (over 2 acres) of natural grass.


? The tray will rest atop tracks and will roll out on steel wheel sets powered by small electric motors.


? The tray will take approximately 45 minutes to move.


? The grass field remains outside the stadium in the sun until game day getting the maximum amount of sunshine and nourishment, eliminating humidity problems inside the stadium and providing unrestricted access to the stadium floor for events and staging.


? The 152,000 square-foot concrete stadium floor will have a utility grid embedded in the floor and can host various events like trade and consumer shows, conventions, concerts, motor sports, and rodeos.


Economic Impact


? During the construction phase of the stadium and site infrastructure there will be more than 3,500 jobs and more than $400 million in economic benefits to Arizona?s economy.


? At the start of construction, the state will start receiving revenues from construction workers? income taxes, as well as sales taxes collected on the increased consumption and spending from the workers and their families. The TSA estimates that the Arizona State general fund will net $20 million over the 3-year course of construction.


? When the NFL played Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, about $305 million was injected into the economy. It is projected that the impact will grow to more than $400 million when the next Super Bowl is played here, possibly as early as 2008.


? For Super Bowl XXX, 89,000 out-of-state visitors traveled to the Phoenix metro area for the event. Considering that Sun Devil Stadium?s capacity is 73,000, there is an attraction to the Super Bowl as an event that supercedes the actual game itself. These out-of-state visitors directly contributed $109 million in spending during the event.


? Super Bowl XXX in Tempe had a television audience of more than 900 million people around the world.


? The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl contributes $140 million annually to the local economy. About 70,000 out-of-town visitors come to the Valley for the event.


? The Arizona Cardinals contribute $150 million to the economy annually. The Cardinals estimate that 112,000 out-of-town visitors attend home games each year.


? The stadium will allow Glendale to be the only city in the Western U.S. capable of hosting the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championships, a week long extravaganza which requires a football stadium with a closed roof and seating of at least 40,000. The economic impact of a NCAA Final Four event is about $50 million to the host community. It takes place the first week of April and would provide and exciting and powerful finish to Arizona?s tourism season.


State-of-the-art Design

Climate controlled stadium with seating capacity of nearly 64,000 permanent seats, with expansion to 73,000 for extravaganza events like the Fiesta Bowl (annually) and the NFL SuperBowl (every 5th or 6th year).


Retractable Roof and Moveable Wall

Two 800' long trusses will support the stadium roof, which will have a retractable portion at the end where the roll-out field enters and exits the facility. A moveable wall at the same end of the facility will drop at the same time that the roof retracts, thereby creating a three-dimensional opening, much like an observatory.


Roll Out Field

The stadium's natural grass field will roll out of the facility where it will reside most the year and get its nourishment and maintenance and grooming.


* This field tray will be 234 feet wide by 400 feet long, and will weigh some 12 million pounds.

* Inside, embedded in the concrete stadium floor will be a utility grid that will allow the multipurpose facility to easily accommodate a variety of trades shows and conventions, consumer shows, motor sporting events, and concerts.


Seating Options

A variety of seating options will include:


* 88 luxury suites (seating roughly 1,500 patrons)

* Club seating for 7,000 with access to private club lounge areas

* Lower bowl seating to accommodate some 29,000 patrons

* Upper deck seating for approximately 26,000 patrons

* All seats will be individual chairs with arm rests and cup holders


Improved Amenities - for the comfort of patrons:


* All spaces will be air conditioned

* Sharp increases in the number of concession points and the number of toilets per person

* Large concourses and escalators will efficiently move patrons through the facility



The roof and skin of the facility will reflect the high design of renown architect Peter Eisenman. A mix of surfaces including steel decking, glass, stucco, and "Bird-Air" fabric (like the Denver Airport) will be combined to create sweeping lines and a sense of texture in the design.

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Looks like a tennis court. That said, what purpose does it serve to have the field removable?


I thought that was a practice field.


But why's it only in one photo?


Maybe different ideas? All of those photos cant be the same idea...

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Looks like a tennis court. That said, what purpose does it serve to have the field removable?


I thought that was a practice field.


But why's it only in one photo?


Maybe different ideas? All of those photos cant be the same idea...



Look at the second to the last photo, there is open space there to retract the field out

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Amazing stadium. Aside from looking ugly, it's very impressive. I wonder if the Fish would incorporate any of these things in their stadium. Namely the fabric roof.

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I drive by the stadium all the time


the phoenix metro is huge and growing ... pretty soon we'll be the 5th largest city in the nation


there is a good amount of venues, but definitely not an over abundance


the stadium is going to be very nice, although I think it may end up looking like a giant jiffy pop container


the retractable roof is for the fans comfort .... i've sat through a game at sun devil stadium when it was 108 and it was far from pleasant


preseason games are joke as well ... who wants to pay full ticket price to watch backups play in the august heat?!


the rollout field will allow much flexibility .. one it will save costs to keep the field healthy ... second it will allow them to configure the stadium for various events


the pictures above are for the same stadium and same design concept


the stadium is huge ... the hockey arena right next to it is awesome and was just named the best new concert venue


but for the actual football stadium, it has been awarded the 2008 superbowl, will be the new site of the fiesta bowl and there is talk about moving the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction to the sport comlexes

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Arizona is gonna be a perpetually mediocre team because their defense is suspect. Their DL is nice, but everything else is blah.


Their offense is damn sexy though.

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