University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Arizona, isn’t just an entertainment venue – it’s also an engineering and architectural wonder. The 1.7 million square foot, $455 million venue is more than just home to the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals and a bevy of other sports and entertainment events, but it also features a retractable roof and was the first North American stadium to be built with a retractable natural grass field. The stadium is designed so that the natural grass surface rolls onto a 19-million-pound tray that resides outside of the stadium, making it easy for event staff to set up for concerts and other non-sporting events.
History and Details
University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006 as the home venue for the Arizona Cardinals, replacing Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University as the NFL franchise’s home field. For football games, the venue seats 63,400, but the seating can be expanded to 72,000 and 78,600 with standing room.
Aside from serving as the home of the Cardinals, the stadium also has hosted the NCAA Fiesta Bowl since 2007 and was the host venue for the 2008 Super Bowl. It also regularly hosts soccer games and most notably served as the venue for a 2-0 United States win over Mexico in 2007 that drew nearly 62,500 fans. In terms of other entertainment events, University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the 2010 WWE Wrestlemania, a Super Trucks race event in 2013, and many big-name musical acts. In 2015, the stadium will host the NFL Pro Bowl.
The exterior of the stadium is designed so that it resembles a barrel cactus, a plant synonymous with Arizona. The stadium’s other main feature – its retractable roof – was the first of its kind to be built on an incline in North America and is designed to open in a mere 12 minutes.
The stadium is located just outside downtown Phoenix on the 101 loop. More than 14,000 parking spaces are located on-site, and an additional 12,000 spaces are adjacent to the arena. Unlike many major sports stadiums, University of Phoenix Stadium is located close to dining and entertainment. It’s adjacent to Jobing.com Arena, the home of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, and the nearby Westgate City Center entertainment and commercial mecca.
We are located next door to the Surprise Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals as well as the Surprise Tennis Complex, and just minutes away form the Glendale Arena, Camelback Ranch and Peoria Sports Complex. We are the closest hotel to the Toyota and Ford Proving Grounds and just 8 miles from the entrance of Luke Air Force Base.
Located in the downtown Phoenix, our hotel is suited to meet your needs. Whether you're here to cheer on the Suns or Diamondbacks, visit Arizona State University or see a show at Comerica Theatre, the Holiday Inn Express is here for you.
We are completing a $9 million renovation of the entire property to give us a sleek modern look with an inviting neutral palate. The guestrooms have been completed refreshed including new thermopane windows to reduce the impact of the Arizona summers. The lobby and public areas provide a warm welcoming spot to rest or visit, and the redesigned meeting space fits any function.
Our modern, sophisticated design offers an array of amenities such as spacious two room suites featuring our luxurious upgraded bedding, full service restaurant, bar, room service, and a beautiful lush courtyard with a sparkling pool, whirlpool and gazebo. Our 12,000 square feet of meeting space can comfortably accommodate up to 400 people.
Get the most out of your stay in Phoenix! Located just 2.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, we offer complimentary 24 hour shuttle service to and from the airport, a free hot breakfast, free wireless internet, and room service from 5 to 10pm nightly.
The Hotel Indigo Scottsdale is a new boutique hotel located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale which offers some of the finest galleries, specialty retail, cultural attractions and over 100 bars and restaurants in the Valley of the Sun and we offer free local shuttle within a 3 mile radius. Our luxurious style and attentive service will make your stay the best in Scottsdale!
Located just 1.5 miles from Sky Harbor Airport, our hotel offers 24-hour free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi, a full restaurant and lounge bar, a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, and over 3,000 sq. ft of function space. Attractions nearby include Tempe's Mill Avenue, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Mills Mall.
Besides boasting an excellent location near the best attractions in Scottsdale our hotel facility also includes shuttle service from 7am to 10pm daily. We transport to and from the Phx Sky Harbor Airport at $10 per person each way and complimentary service within 3 miles of the hotel. Pool will be out of order from June 1st to June 9th for repairs to the pool decking.
Our rooms are either a king or 2 queen beds and include complimentary wireless Internet access and in-room refrigerators. We also offer other wonderful amenities we offer including: complimentary hot breakfast, business and fitness centers, a free van shuttle within 5 miles, a heated outdoor pool and spa, cable with HBO®, and games. We even offer pet friendly accommodations.
This hotel is outstanding from friendly front desk check in to departure. A employees in between were very friendly and helpful we were very pleased. I business travel frequently and this time flew[More]
my wife in mid week to join me. The Glendale Holiday Inn hit a home run for us. We both had a great time at this hotel. The accommodations are very clean, quiet, and relaxing and the lobby, pool, and business area were all very comfortable. Did I mention the pool? This was fabulous there was actually a real pool and jacuzzi here and they provide Weber grills for casual cookouts. There is a great restaurant, factory outlet and shopping district right there called Westgate and they have hot rod and motorcycle shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights in the summer. This area was a blast and to add to that there is a Cabelas right next to the Hotel. If in Phoenix don't miss this one. I know it's my new go-to for business travel. [Less]