Fans have been chirping about this team for a very long time. Arizona Cardinals Football Club owns and operates the Arizona Cardinals, the oldest surviving franchise in the National Football League. The team was organized as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898 and joined the NFL in 1920. (It was renamed the Chicago Cardinals two years later.) After winning two league titles -- its last in 1947 -- the Cardinals moved first to St. Louis in 1960 and then relocated to Phoenix in 1988. It became the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. The team plays host at University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. The family of Bill Bidwill has owned the franchise since 1932.
Arizona earned its first-ever Super Bowl appearance at the conclusion of the 2008 season with the help of head coach Ken Whisenhunt (hired 2007) and veteran quarterback Kurt Warner. The Cardinals lost the title game to the Pittsburgh Steelers, however. (Warner retired from football following the 2009 season.) The team's success was a marked turnaround after decades of missing the playoffs most years.
The football franchise has been finding success off the field as well after moving into its new stadium in Glendale in 2006. Before moving into the $455 million facility, the Cardinals played host at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium. University of Phoenix, a unit of for-profit education company Apollo Education Group, inked a 20-year, $150 million deal for naming rights to the new arena that year. The facility hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2008, adding to the franchise's prestige and coffers.