Arizona Cardinals Team History
- In March 1994, Bill Bidwill renamed the team the Arizona Cardinals due to fan preference, Bidwill had initially resisted the name “Arizona Cardinals” due to the NFL’s tradition of team names that identified home cities, although the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots were longstanding exceptions and the Carolina Panthers were set to start play the following year. The rest of the NFL owners quickly approved the name change.
In 2000, Maricopa County voters passed a ballot initiative by a margin of 51% to 49%, providing funding for a new Cardinals stadium as well as for improvements to Major League Baseball spring training facilities in the greater Phoenix region; and youth recreation. After some legal obstacles, the Cardinals began construction of their new facility in April 2003, in Glendale, one of the western suburbs of Phoenix. University of Phoenix Stadium features a retractable roof and a slide-out grass surface, which is good for the hot desert weather; the new stadium has a state-of-the-art air conditioning system and high-back seats.
The 63,500-seat stadium (expandable to 72,800) opened on August 12, 2006 when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-13, in a preseason game. The Cardinals then hosted their first regular season opening day game since moving to the Phoenix area in 1988, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the 2005 blowout in Mexico City, 34-27, in front of a sellout crowd of 63,407. In February 2008, the stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII.
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League as a member of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The Cardinals play their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is located in the northwestern suburb of Glendale, Arizona.
Chicago – St. Louis – Phoenix
1920 – Present National Football League
Cardinals – The “Cardinals” began play in Chicago in 1898 before moving to St. Louis in 1960 and Arizona in 1988. See the nickname description of the Chicago Cardinals.
1994 – Present Arizona Cardinals
1988 – 1993 Phoenix Cardinals
1960 – 1987 St. Louis Cardinals
1945 – 1959 Chicago Cardinals
1920 – 1943 Chicago Cardinals
Super Bowl 0
NFL Championship 0
2006 – Present University of Phoenix Stadium
1988 – 2005 Sun Devil Stadium
1966 – 1987 Busch Memorial Stadium
1960 – 1965 Busch Stadium
1959 Soldier Field & Metropolitan Stadium
1922 – 1925, 1929 – 1958 Comiskey Park
1920 – 1921, 1926 – 1928 Normal Park
1972 – Present Bill Bidwill
1962 – 1972 Bill Bidwill and Charles Bidwill, Jr.
1947 – 1962 Violet Bidwill Wolfner
1933 – 1947 Charles Bidwill
1929 – 1933 Dr. David Jones
1898 – 1929 Chris O’Brien
8 Larry Wilson
40 Pat Tillman
77 Stan Mauldin
88 J. V. Cain
99 Marshall Goldberg
1998 – Present Big Red
*Blue is this team’s history