Plenty of new football stadiums have retractable roofs. But only one has a retractable field, too — University of Phoenix Stadium.
That makes the site of this year’s Fiesta Bowl between Kansas State and Oregon a unique stadium.
It may not be as fancy as new Cowboys Stadium, and it may not be as massive as MetLife Stadium, but it is still considered a state-of-the-art place to play.
After three years of construction the stadium opened in August 2006. It’s official capacity is 63,400, but it is expandable up to 72,200. The Arizona Cardinals play their home games at the facility, and it has hosted the Fiesta Bowl every year since it has been running. The Super Bowl, BCS championship game, NCAA Tournament and countless concerts have also come to Glendale in recent years.
Still, what sets University of Phoenix Stadium apart from most stadiums (aside from its exterior surface, which represents a barrel cactus) is its retractable field. It slides in and out of the facility, allowing groundskeepers to grow a natural grass playing surface in the Arizona sun during the week and football players to make plays on it inside the dome on the weekend. It also prevents unwanted wear and tear from people walking on it during concerts or trade shows.