The Arizona Cardinals kick off their 2011 NFL season on Sunday, September 11 at 1:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. ET) at University of Phoenix Stadium. It's only the third time since the team moved to Phoenix 24 years ago that the Cardinals have opened the season at home. The game also marks the 56th consecutive sell out for the team which dates back to the opening of U o P Stadium in August 2006.
Here's some key information for your Sunday viewing or game attendance pleasure including TV broadcast schedule, parking information, ticket availability and a few other notes about the September 11 ceremony.
TV and radio broadcast information
Fox will have the television broadcast which, thanks to the sell out, will be available in the local market. Check your listings, but Fox is typically on channel 10 in the Phoenix market. Sam Rosen will have the play-by-play with Chad Pennington as his color analyst. Our own local (and fantastic) Jody Jackson will be on the sideline.
Cardinals radio will be on 92.3 FM (KTAR) with Dave Pasch and Ron Wolfley as the broadcasters and Paul Calvisi on the sideline. Cardinals Spanish radio is on 710 am (KBMB) and Jose FM 106.9/107.1 with Gabriel Trujillo and Rolando Cantu.
September 11 ceremony information
Prior to kickoff, there will be an in-stadium ceremony that will feature a live video on the scoreboard of the playing of TAPS from Arlington National Cemetery, the unfurling of a field-sized American flag by Military, Police and Firefighter volunteers, a moment of remembrance and silence. The national anthem performed by Grammy nominated platinum recording artist and Arizona native Jordin Sparks.
If you are coming to the stadium, a visit to the Pat Tillman Memorial located at the northwest side of the plaza might be in order.
Parking, tailgate and security information for University of Phoenix Stadium
Parking at U o P is always a tricky proposition if you don't have a pass. For more more parking information and updates, click here.
Game day parking lots, Sportsman's Park and the Great Lawn open four hours before kickoff at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Gates to University of Phoenix Stadium open 90 minutes before kickoff. Fans can enter the stadium starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Fans entering the stadium can expect pat down hand searches. Click here for a list of items prohibited inside University of Phoenix Stadium. For more information, call the Game Day Phone Hotline: 623-433-7156 or text "Cards" <space> Issue and Location to 57375 during the game.
Even though the game is a sellout, there are a limited number of tickets returned from the visiting team allotment. Those interested should call 602-379-0102 or visit azcardinals.com. There are also tickets available on the secondary market. Our partnership with TiqIQ can help you there, just visit this page for lots of ticket options.