• Team Name: Arizona Cardinals
  • Year Established: 1898
  • Stadium Name: University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 63,400
  • Conference: NFC
  • Division: West
  • Super Bowl Appearances: 1
  • Super Bowl Victories: 0

Arizona Cardinals – Where It All Began

The Arizona Cardinals play their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium which is located in Glendale, Arizona.

The team started life way back in 1898 as the Morgan Athletic Club when a group of people from the South Side of Chicago got together to play the game of football. Because of this inception date, the Cardinals are the oldest continuously running professional football team in America.

After being started in Chicago in 1898, a local building contractor called Chris O’Brien acquired the team and promptly moved them to a new playing location called Normal Field which was located on Racine Street. He also got his hands on some used jerseys for his team to use from the University of Chicago which had, at one time, been maroon in colour but had faded somewhat. O’Brien didn’t describe them as faded but instead proclaimed them to be “Cardinal Red!”. This is where the Cardinal name we know today came from. After the move to their new home and the acquisition of the “Cardinal Red” jerseys, the team was renamed the Racine Street Cardinals.

The Cardinals are also one of only two remaining original teams to join the newly created NFL in 1920 with the now Chicago Bears as the other. The Cardinals entered the league as the Racine Cardinals and played under that name until 1922 when they changed to the Chicago Cardinals to avoid confusion with another team entering the league, the Horlick-Racine Legion.

Early Chicago Cardinals team photo from 1921.

On the Move

The team has moved location a few times in its history and the first big move came in 1960 when they relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. They remained there up until 1987. Whilst in St. Louis they were often referred to as the “Football Cardinals” or “Big Red” in an attempt to avoid confusion with the cities baseball team who were also called the St. Louis Cardinals. They moved to St. Louis as they were losing fans and, therefore, money to their city-sharing rivals the Chicago Bears. It was the late 1950’s when the financial impact of many years of poor play and league standings started to tell and the team was nearly bankrupt at this stage.

The franchise moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1988 and became the Phoenix Cardinals. They now played their games at the Arizona states university stadium known as, Sun Devil Stadium. They stayed playing their games at this stadium for 18-years but moved to the newly built indoor stadium they now call home in 2006. They also changed their name from the Phoenix Cardinals to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994 to encompass the whole state.

Championship Titles

The Cardinals have actually won the Championship twice in their history but those wins came well before the creation of the Super Bowl. The first time was back in 1925 when it was awarded on final league standings instead of playoffs and a Bowl game. They were only awarded the title after the Pottsville Maroons were suspended from the league after they had played an exhibition game they shouldn’t have, according to league officials.

The second title awarded to the Cardinals was in 1947 after a 28-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago. This would prove to be their last title (to date) and their only title won via a championship game.

The Arizona Cardinals have only been to the Super Bowl once in their history in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers who were on their way to their record-breaking 6th Super Bowl victory. This was in 2009 at Super Bowl XLIII(43), played at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.

Rivalries

The Seattle Seahawks are considered by many to be the Arizona Cardinals’ biggest current rivals. This is simply because, in recent times, it is the Seahawks who prove to be the biggest obstacle in the Cardinals attempts to get to the Super Bowl

As both are in the NFC West, they meet regularly and are fighting for exactly the same division title and playoff spots.

It could be claimed that the team has moved around so often (relatively speaking) that they haven’t had enough time in one place playing the same opponents to establish any deep and meaningful rivalries.

Arizona Cardinals and their rivals the Seattle Seahawks

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