The Phoenix Stadium is designed by the architect Peter Eisenman, and is modelled after a barrel cactus, which is the most widespread plant in the Arizona desert, and the entire cost of the project building of the stadium is around 455 million dollars.
The main objective of the project is keeping the grass in perfect condition, and with the fast and low growing type Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass it gives a perfect dense and soft cushion for walking and playing on. The field will support 94.000 square feet of natural grass.
The stadium is unique in its construction with a movable field that is 234 feet wide by 400 long and takes 45 min. to move. An opening on one of the sides of the stadium allows the playing field to move outside the building, so the entire
surface can be exposed to daylight and sunlight until game-day most of the year, and get its nourishment, maintenance and grooming.
As the irrigation consultant William Whitmore (Whitmore Consulting) from Phoenix, Arizona states it: “No other equipment was able to fulfil the technical demands for the control of the irrigation of the removable sports field at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The Tucor 2-wire system is perfectly suited for the installation, where the complete sports field can be moved in and out of the stadium.”
The stadium is home of trade shows, conventions, motorsport events and concerts. On October 11, 2011 it was announced by the owners, that the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, is hosting Super Bowl XLIX, which they also did in 2008.