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Arizona Cardinals Tickets

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The franchise was founded in 1898, making it the oldest continuously run professional football team in the U.S. Few fans realize the amount of rich history the team has built over 100 years of professional football. The Cardinals are in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, the NFC West, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. Intense games and some of the world’s best athletes give fans plenty to cheer for every week during football season.

Plenty of history

The team actually has its roots in Chicago, where it was first founded. In 1960, the Cardinals moved to St. Louis, where they joined the city’s baseball team, also named the Cardinals. During the team’s time in the city of St. Louis, fans often used the nicknames “Football Cardinals” or “Big Red” to differentiate between the baseball and football teams.

The team won two NFL championships, both while based in Chicago. The first league win occurred in 1925 against the Pottsville Maroons and the second was in 1947, about two decades before the first Super Bowl was played. Although the Cardinals enjoyed early success as a franchise, the club has been in the NFL’s longest-active championship drought, having not won one since 1947. The franchise relocated to Arizona before the 1988 season, gaining plenty of loyal fans in the process.

Recently, however, the Cardinals are getting back to their winning ways. In 1998, the team made the playoffs and broke a 16-year steak of not making it to the postseason. A decade later, the Cards won the NFC Championship game and made it to the first Super Bowl in franchise history before being defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-27 in the final moments of the game.

That said, fans have plenty to cheer about. The Cards are the only NFL team that has never lost a playoff game at home, boasting a 4-0 record behind the enthusiasm from fans. Quality players of past and present have helped honor the long-standing tradition of being an Arizona Cardinal. In fact, Pat Tillman was a Cardinal who did as much off the field as he did on it. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army and walked away from football during the prime of his career to serve his country. He fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan before being killed in the line of duty.

The tradition of excellent players continues today. With exciting athletes like Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on the roster, the possibilities are endless for the Cards!

The venue

When the team first moved to Arizona in 1988, it played all home games at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium. In 2006, however, the Cardinals began playing their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium, located in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to being the home venue of the Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium is also home of the Fiesta Bowl in college football year after year.

The venue is unique in that it’s the only stadium that features a retractable roof over a natural grass playing surface. The construction cost over $450 million and took about three years to complete. The stadium has a capacity of more than 63,000.