On August 12 the 2006 preseason kicked off in front of a sold out capacity crowd of cheering fans at the new Cardinals Stadium.
Arizona did well against the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially the defense, which held its ground on big third-down plays. The crowd was pleased as the Cardinals headed into the locker room with a 14-6 lead.
The second half would continue to go the Cardinals way as they held on to an impressive 21-13 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers.
The big news of the day was the new Cardinals Stadium, finally open to the fans to see and experience. Once gates opened fans filed into the building and were in awe of their new home. The project was initially approved in Nov. 00 with the passage of Prop 302, which allowed public funding for the construction of a new stadium.
In April 2003, the groundbreaking ceremony took place and the fans had been waiting for this day for over three years.
… It occupies approximately 25 acres
… 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.
Information compiled from the www.azcardinals.com web site.