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About Arizona Cardinals
You may not realize this, but the Arizona Cardinals are the oldest football team in the United States. The Cardinals became an organization in 1898, when the Morgan Athletic Club was formed. Over the next 45 years, the team would go through many name changes, starting in 1899 when they became known as the Racine Normals. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, Chris O'Brien, the man who originally formed the franchise, purchased used jerseys from the University of Chicago that were a faded maroon red. He described the color as "Cardinal Red," and because they played their games on Racine Street, he decided to change the team's name to the Racine Street Cardinals. From that point forward the team would forever be known as the "Cardinals."
History of the Cardinals
When the NFL was formed in 1920, the Arizona Cardinals (then known as the Chicago Cardinals) became a charter member of the start-up football league. They, along with the Dectur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears), are the only charter members that are still in existence. In the history of the Arizona Cardinals franchise, they have won two NFL Championships, both of which occurred when they were known as the Chicago Cardinals. The first came in 1925 when they beat the Pottsville Maroons, and the second came in 1947 when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles. It took awhile for the Cardinals to find their way to Arizona, but after stops in Chicago and St. Louis, the franchise finally landed in Arizona when they took root in Phoenix in 1988. It took until 1994 for the team to officially name themselves the Arizona Cardinals.
The University of Phoenix Stadium
The team now plays their home games at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The stadium opened in 2006 and is now one of the premier stadiums in the NFL, and has already hosted a Super Bowl and a BCS Championship Game. This 63,000-seat stadium provides Cardinals fans a unique game-day experiencer with the first fully retractable natural grass playing field in North America. The stadium also features a mural on each level. Each mural is designed to represent Arizona's environmental attractions and representing the history of the Cardinals with murals depicting Arizona greats.
2017 Arizona Cardinals Season
The 2017 Arizona Cardinals season was the 98th season with the NFL and the 30th season played in Arizona. It was the final season under head coach Bruce Arians who will be replaced by Steve Wilks for this upcoming season. The Cardinals finished the regular season with an 8-8 record, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. In the 2018 NFL draft, the Cardinals selected quarterback Josh Rosen from UCLA as the 10th pick in the first round. They also selected wide receiver Christian Kirk from Texas A&M as 47th pick in the second round. With some talented draftees and other undrafted free agents, the Cardinals are ready to make some noise this season.
If you are a Cardinals fan, you'll want to make sure you get out the stadium this year and find some great seats to a Cards game soon. The Cardinals will be playing their first game of the 2018 season against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9th. The season will be here before you know it so hurry and grab you Arizona Cardinals tickets! TicketNetwork has all your access to Arizona Cardinals tickets. Be sure to purchase your 2018 Arizona Cardinals tickets today!