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    Arizona Cardinals Football Club Game Release





    THIS WEEK’S GAME The Cardinals travel to Oakland this weekend following a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Both the Cardinals and Raiders are coming off prime time contests. The Cards held a 23-3 lead with 16 minutes to remaining, but the Bears returned two fumbles for touchdowns and returned a punt for another TD to win the game 24-23. In his second career start, QB Matt Leinart set new Cardinals rookie records for attempts (42) and completions (24) and finished the day with 232 yards and two touchdowns (no INTs). The Cardinals forced the Bears into six turnovers, four interceptions and two fumbles and held their offense without a touchdown. Bears quarterback Rex Grossman finished the day with a 10.7 rating, the worst of his career. The Raiders are looking for their first win of the season this week after falling to the Denver Broncos 13-3 last weekend on Sunday Night Football. The Cards will travel to Green Bay next weekend before heading into their bye week. Including the Raiders, the Cardinals next four opponents are a combined 5-16.


    The Cardinals and Raiders have met six times dating back to 1973 with the Raiders holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. Although the series goes back 33 years and the Cardinals have played the Raiders in both Los Angeles and Oakland, the Raiders have only visited the Cardinals in St. Louis. In 28 seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals the teams met only twice, and on both occasions in California. Although infrequent regular season opponents, the Cardinals and Raiders have met in eight of the last 10 preseasons.

    THE COACHES Dennis Green Art Shell 113-95-0 Overall Record 56-46-0 109-87-0 Regular Season Record 54-43-0 4-8 Playoff Record 2-3 13th Years as Head Coach in NFL 7th 3rd Years with team 7th


    TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO NETWORK Network: Fox Flagship: ESPN Radio 860 AM Play-by-Play: Matt Devlin KTAR 620 AM Analyst: Tony Siragusa Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Analyst: Ron Wolfley Sideline: Paul Calvisi


    Play-by-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Analyst: Luis Zendejas

    8701 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284 Phone: 602-379-0101 Fax: 602-379-1821

    Mark Dalton – Sr. Dir. of Media Relations Mike Kane – Media Relations Coordinator [email protected] 602/379-1720 [email protected] 602/379-1620 Chris Melvin – Media Relations Manager Amber Kelley – Administrative Assistant [email protected] 602/379-1882 [email protected] 602/379-1724

    SERIES NOTES Overall Regular Season Series: 2-4 Cardinals last win: Dec. 2, 2001, 34-31 (OT) (away) First Meeting: Oct. 7, 1973, L, 10-17 (away) Last Meeting: Nov. 24, 2002, L, 20-41 (home) Next Meeting: Unknown

    CARDS & RAIDERS ALL-TIME Date Site Result Nov. 24, 2002 Arizona L, 20-41

    Dec. 2, 2001 Oakland W, 34-31 (OT)

    Oct. 4, 1998 Arizona L, 20-23

    Dec. 10, 1989 Los Angeles L, 14-16

    Dec. 11, 1983 Los Angeles W, 34-24

    Oct. 7, 1973 Oakland L, 10-17


    Three years and four months passed between ground- breaking and the preseason opener vs. Pittsburgh, but who’s counting? The stadium opened as the most innovative stadium ever built in North America. The first stadium in North America to feature a retractable, natural grass playing field, the venue was named one of the 10 most impressive sports structures in the world by Business Week, before it ever hosted an event. The Cardinals opened their 2006 NFL preseason against the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers with a 21-13 victory.

    RING OF HONOR The Cardinals have inducted 10 former Cardinals into the team’s Ring of Honor in the inaugural season at University of Phoenix Stadium. At halftime of the first preseason game, the Cardinals inducted eight members into their Ring of Honor: Charles W. Bidwill Sr. (HOF 1967) Jimmy Conzelman (HOF 1964) John “Paddy” Driscoll (HOF 1965) Marshall Goldberg Dick “Night Train” Lane (HOF 1974) Ollie Matson (HOF 1972) Ernie Nevers (HOF 1963) Charlie Trippi (HOF 1968) At halftime of the Cardinals regular season opener vs. San Francisco on September 10, the team added Larry Wilson (HOF 1978) to the Ring of Honor. At halftime of last week’s game against the Chicago Bears, the team inducted Dierdorf (HOF 1996) into their Ring of Honor. On November 12, Veterans Day weekend, Pat Tillman will be added to the Ring of Honor when the team hosts Dallas.



    The Cardinals sold out of their 2006 season ticket allotment in early May following the NFL Draft. However fans did have an opportunity to purchase single game tickets. On Saturday, July 22, remaining tickets for the Cardinals 10 home games went on sale to the public and within a short time, every seat to all 10 home games was sold.



    The Cardinals new state-of-the-art facility has a new name: University of Phoenix Stadium. At a press conference on Tuesday, September 26, the Cardinals and University of Phoenix announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement with University of Phoenix to become the team’s naming rights partner. It is the first time a National Football League venue has been named after an educational institution. University of Phoenix, the largest private university in the United States, will invest an average of $7.7 million per year for 20 years in exchange for naming rights, signage and a variety of advertising, marketing and merchandising opportunities. In addition, the alliance will enable the University – already international in scope – to reach an even greater number and diversity of potential students, while staying grounded in its hometown community, according to Brian Mueller, president of Apollo Group, the University’s parent company. Aside from Arizona Cardinals football games, the stadium will host Super Bowl XLII in February 2008. Additionally, the stadium will be the annual site of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and the first-ever Bowl Championship Series title game will be played there in January. University of Phoenix was founded 30 years ago, and serves students both on-line and with 191 campuses and learning centers in 39 states and four foreign nations. “This is a win-win decision for both University of Phoenix and the Arizona Cardinals,” said Mueller. “Throughout its history, University of Phoenix has been synonymous with innovation, so it’s fitting to place the name of an innovative university on the world’s most innovative sports and multi- purpose facility.” “This is a great day for the Arizona Cardinals,” said Michael Bidwill, the organization’s vice president and general counsel. “We are thrilled to be affiliated with the largest private university in America, one whose home base is in Arizona but that has national and international reach,” he said. “The new home of the Arizona Cardinals is distinctly Arizona, and so is our stadium partner.”

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    242 x 361 Size in feet of the roof opening; when panels are open it exposes the entire playing field 700 Length in feet of each of the two Brunnel trusses that support the stadium roof; each one is as long as three 747’s lined up end-to-end 490,000 Square feet in the surface area of the roof 18.5 million Approximate weight in pounds of the total roof 550 Weight in tons of each roof panel 10 Approximate number of minutes to open or close the roof 25 Speed in feet per minute at which the roof will move (1/4 m.p.h.) 1 Number of other retractable roof venues In the NFL (Houston’s Reliant Stadium)

    1.7 million Square footage of stadium 88 Total number of luxury lofts in stadium 7,501 Total number of club seats in stadium 7 Number of club lounges 63,400 Seating capacity for Cardinals games (expandable to 73,000 for Super Bowls and college Bowl games) 1,250 Approximate number of shade trees used throughout the stadium plaza 21 Number of vertical slots on the exterior wall of stadium 30 Height in feet of the giant numbers designating the three main entrances to the stadium 19 Width in inches of the stadium seats; club seats are 21 inches 10 Number of elevators for public use in stadium 18 Number of escalators for public use in stadium 115+ Number of event days already booked for first year at the stadium 1.1 million Projected number of visitors to stadium in its first year 14 Number of new NFL venues HOK has designed 1,175 Total restroom fixtures for public use in the stadium (33 women’s restrooms, 28 men’s, and 12 family restrooms) 310 The number of fixed locations for fans to purchase food and beverages (does not include additional portable locations) 8,000 Tons of cooling used by the stadium’s air conditioning 2,300 Number of Valley homes that could be accommodated by the air conditioning provided at the stadium 14,000 Number of on-site parking spaces (not including additional 11,000 on adjacent an