On March 12, architect Peter Eisenman presented his radical exterior design for the new Arizona Cardinals football stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held yesterday.
According to Eisenman, the multipurpose facility takes its basic form from a barrel cactus, which results in dramatic vertical slots that are in contrast to the smooth panels.
It will have a seating capacity more than 63,000 and will include 88 luxury suites. Key feature include a retractable, fabric roof that will let in light even when closed, and a movable grass playing field -- the first of its kind in the U.S. The 94,000-sq.-ft. field can be moved outside to receive maximum sun in order to maintain growth, while allowing for a concrete slab within the facility to provide maximum flexibility for multi-purpose events.