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.
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• 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 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.
• 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.
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 FieldThe 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.
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
- 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.
- Stadium will occupy approximately 25 acres. Excavation will take field down to 26 feet below the present grade. When completed, the field will lie 39 feet below the main concourse level because 13 feet of berming will be added around the stadium. 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. 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. 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 tray will take approximately 45 minutes to move. The tray will rest atop tracks and will roll out on steel wheel sets powered by small electric motors. The field will support approximately 94,000 square feet (over 2 acres) of natural grass. 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. 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.
University of Phoenix Stadium won't be ready till 2006
Number of factors listed for holdups
The Arizona Republic
February 12, 2003 12:00
GLENDALE - It's official: Glendale's $355.3 million football stadium will be finished in summer 2006 instead of fall 2005, keeping the Arizona Cardinals in Sun Devil Stadium for an extra season.
The state Tourism and Sports Authority clarified the issue Tuesday as it modified a series of agreements with the Cardinals, Hunt Construction Group and several design firms. The group also adopted a rough building schedule for the stadium.
As recently as December, the authority hoped to open the stadium in time for the fall 2005 NFL season.
Though a final construction timeline won't be ready until design details are nailed down later this year, officials expect three months of excavations at Loop 101 and Maryland Avenue to begin in June. Hard construction will start after Labor Day, authority Vice President Kenny Harris said.
Authority board Chairman Jim Grogan attributed the late start to litigation delays. A suit against the authority by developer John F. Long ended in December when the Arizona Supreme Court decided the case in the authority's favor.
"We are now in a position to get moving again."
Long property Manager Jim Miller dismissed assertions that Long's suit was to blame, noting that the authority was unable to break ground by the end of 2002 despite promises to do so if Long's suit was over by then. Miller suggested the authority's ability to sell construction bonds also was clouded for most of 2002 by the Arizona Legislature's threat to pull the plug on the project and controversy with site selection.
"How long are they going to blame the lawsuit?" Miller said. "Let's move on with life. (and) let's quit blaming John for a little three-month deal."
University of Phoenix Stadium puts on a new face
A new design for the Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium blends metal and a translucent roof for more light and color.
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 14, 2003 12:00 AM
A new and highly stylized design for the Arizona Cardinals football stadium will soon be under construction in Glendale, and it's sure to set tongues wagging.
Fresh from proposing new ideas for New York's World Trade Center site, noted New York City architect Peter Eisenman on Thursday unveiled a contemporary look for the Cardinals' future home that he believes will make it "a signature stadium - something that will bring folks to visit."
The outside redesign is the latest revision in a project that has seen more stops and starts than a Cardinals running back. Eisenman, an avowed football fan, joked about the frustrations of designing a building whose political baggage kept it on the move.
"It's very exciting to finally get our stadium off wheels," Eisenman said. "We've been rolling around Maricopa County for five years now."
Michael Bidwill, Cardinals vice president, said the team sought to redraw the stadium's exterior because "we thought a fresh new look would be a terrific thing for Glendale and for the West Valley."
He dismissed suggestions that it was intended to save money, saying the changes are "cost neutral" but would simplify construction.
"The inside of the stadium is still the same. but it's going to look a lot different," he said.
Some at the Thursday unveiling thought the new design looked like a barrel cactus; others said it resembled a sunburst.
Eisenman's vision is a shiny metallic-silver beacon whose color and reflected light are supposed to shift to mimic the countless hues of Arizona's desert skies.
He tossed out the normally horizontal "banded" design lines of sports stadiums, designing alternating metal panels and vertical glass corridors for the stadium's exterior, "slicing it like a grapefruit" and topping it with a gauzy, see-through cloth roof he says will "take the curse off being inside."
"It's a whole new feeling in the interior," Eisenman said. "It gives a feeling of being both indoors and outdoors."
The use of Birdair, a translucent canvaslike fabric that is waterproof, reduces the weight and complexity of the roof. The previous design had a roof of three heavy-metal panels that retracted to one end, opening the central part of the roof and one end of the stadium. The new design has two steel-and-cloth panels, each opening toward opposite ends.
Bidwill said $3.5 million worth of Luxembourg steel ordered 18 months ago will still be put to use in the new design. The height, according to Eisenman, will be about 18 feet lower.
The rollout field remains a dominant feature, rolling into an outdoor bowl where it will remain when football is not being played. It will give the natural turf air, sun and water.
"The previous depiction of the stadium everyone had identified with Tempe," Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley said.
He described the new look as "neighborhood friendly. more pleasing to the eye," a plus for those living around it.
Glendale and the state Tourism and Sports Authority plan a splashy ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday, but real work won't start until at least June, when machines start digging a huge hole in which the stadium will be built. Until then, workers will be installing sewer lines and other infrastructure, some of it in conjunction with the Phoenix Coyotes arena opening next door in December.
A precise construction schedule will be penned out in a few months when detailed design drawings are in hand. Hunt Construction, the builder, is expected to lock in on its guaranteed maximum price to build the facility in September.
Saving money is paramount for the Cardinals because every extra cent of construction cost comes out of the team's pocket. Delays in choosing a stadium site already have driven construction costs to $355 million from $331 million, putting the team on the hook for the extra $24 million. The Cardinals' original investment was $85 million. The balance is paid by tax-financed bonds sold last month.
ARIZONA CARDINALS LAND BUSCH AS SPONSOR
March 23, 2006
Anheuser-Busch has signed on to sponsor the entire south end zone of the Arizona Cardinals' new stadium that opens this year. The space will be known as the Budweiser Red Zone. Terms of the deal were not announced.
The space provides additional room for fans to mingle and is designed to host live entertainment events.
On the field, directly below the platform, will be about 100 seats that fans who are at least 21 years old can win through various Budweiser promotions. The area is directly behind the south end goal post and will be the site for several pre-game activities.
The agreement means that Budweiser and Bud Light will be the exclusive alcohol sponsors of the Cardinals at the stadium through 2010.
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
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