Believe it or not, the Arizona Cardinals are the oldest franchise in the National Football League. Of course, the vast majority of the franchise's history is rooted in different cities than its current home in Phoenix, but that doesn't erase the glorious past of a franchise that has been continuously run. The modern day Cards compete in one of football's toughest divisions, the NFC West.
The history of the Arizona Cardinals stretches back 116 years to its founding in 1898 in the city of Chicago as the Racine Cardinals. That original team remained in the city of Chicago from its founding until 1960 when the franchise moved to St. Louis where it would retain the Cardinals nickname and play until 1987. In its final move, the franchise relocated to Arizona where it played as the Phoenix Cardinals from 1988 to 1993 before adopting the name Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
Unlike so many other teams that have relocated over time, the Cardinals franchise has always worn its trademark cardinal red jerseys that serve as the primary home uniform to this day. After sharing Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ during its early history in the desert, the Cardinals moved into the state of the art University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. Cardinals' tickets at the new stadium, which features a retractable roof and grass field that rolls outside for maintenance and care, quickly became a hot commodity at the new stadium.
The new stadium is capable of seating 63,400 Cardinals ticket holders for the average game, with seating expandable to 72,200 and 78,600 if standing room only tickets are taken into account. For much of its time in Phoenix, the Cardinals have been lovable losers often overlooked in the NFC playoff picture. However, recent years have been kinder to the franchise as several draft picks have grown to become consistent contributors for the Cardinals.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is by far the face of the franchise and has been with the team for his entire career. With Fitzgerald and veteran quarterback Kurt Warner, the Cardinals made an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII where they lost a thriller to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the franchise does have two NFL titles, both came back when the team played in Chicago.
Today, Cardinals tickets grant fans access to University of Phoenix Stadium where they witness talented young players such as Vernon Davis and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks when the Cards host their NFC West division rivals. Because the team has moved around so much and suffered deep stretches of mediocrity, the Cardinals have no bitter rivalries. That does not, however, mean that NFC West matchups are without intensity.
After going 10-6 last season and not making the playoffs, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and the rest of the Cardinals will be looking to reach the postseason for the first time since 2009. Cardinals' tickets are the only way into University of Phoenix Stadium on Sundays, and FYEticket.com is the only place to find cheap Arizona Cardinals tickets for game day.