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It’s hard to be a football fan in Arizona right now. After last year’s run to the Super Bowl, it’s going to be difficult to sit back and watch the remaining teams battle it out for a chance to win in it all. After being sent home early by the New Orleans Saints, fans of the Arizona Cardinals are wondering if they’ll see Kurt Warner again next season. Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the team’s chances for a win in 2011, there’s one thing that isn’t going anywhere—the University of Phoenix Stadium and it’s one of the best in the league.
If you’re depressed about your team heading to the golf course a little earlier than you expected, make your way to this fortress of football to take a tour of the stadium. The place swung open its doors in 2006, and it’s located just outside Phoenix in Glendale. It was the home of Super Bowl in 2008—that’s the one where the Giants upset the Patriots—so it already has its share of a little history.
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It’s hard to compete with the Dallas Cowboys’ new shrine dedicated to all things football, but the Indianapolis Colts are trying their best. The Colts haven’t lost one game this season, and thanks to solid play throughout the decade, they were rewarded with their own brand new stadium.
Lucas Oil Stadium sits just outside of downtown Indianapolis and swung its gates open for the first time in 2008—it might even still have that new stadium smell. The architects went with a retro design to the outside of the facility, taking inspiration from traditional stadiums. However, there’s nothing old about the inside of the place, especially when they decide to crack open the huge retraceable roof. They’ve also got a huge wall of windows that can be opened when the weather outside isn’t frightful, and it even allows for a pretty decent shot of the downtown skyline. It was the world’s largest installation of moveable glass, but the Cowboys stole that title from the place with their new home.
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While we were resting on the couch after eating ourselves into a food coma on Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but gaze in amazement at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. If taking in the glory of Cowboys Stadium from the comfort of your living room isn’t good enough, then make for the Lone Star state since there are tours available. It’s only $15 per person—way cheaper than tickets to a game—and they’re available most days of the week.
The tour reveals the secrets behind the press box, player interview rooms, and even the team locker room. The whole things lasts about an hour, so you’re sure to get a decent behind-the-scenes look at what makes the huge shrine to football tick. Visits to the fancy seating level and even a suite will show you how the other half of football fans live. There’s even a stop in the control room for the massive scoreboard and video monitor—it’s the largest high-definition screen in the world. Hopefully we won't see ourselves on the big screen; that would be a little too much.