Reminders for fans attending Cardinals’ home opener vs. Vikings

Sep 17, 2021, 7:26 AM
Arizona Cardinals fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City...

Arizona Cardinals fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

After beating the Tennessee Titans in Nashville in Week 1, the Arizona Cardinals will unveil the new-look squad to the hometown crowd at State Farm Stadium.

With a full house expected, the Cardinals reminded fans of the rules in place for the game on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Minnesota Vikings.

COVID-19 safety precautions: The team cited the CDC’s recommendation that all fans, regardless of being vaccinated or not, should wear masks while indoors. Safety protocols are subject to change based on CDC, state or NFL guidelines.

Digital ticketing: All tickets and parking passes are digital, and it’s encouraged that fans have their tickets out and ready to be scanned before entering through the gates. Fans can download the Cardinals mobile app to manage their tickets at

Ticketing assistants will be available at each entry point at the stadium.

Parking information: Parking lots open around the stadium at 9 a.m. Sunday, and heavy traffic is expected.

Fans driving from the south can enter the Black Lot from Camelback Road and 95th Avenue. Driving in from the north, fans can enter the Yellow Lot off of 91st Avenue, just south of Maryland Avenue. Parking passes for those lots can be purchased at

Gates open: The great lawn, which will have bands entertaining on stage, will be open at 9 a.m. Main entrances open at 11 a.m., while club gates are unlocked at 9:45 a.m. of gameday.

Security and entry protocols: Cardinals fans need to only remove cellphones, cameras or other large metal items from their pockets. Keys, wallets, coins and belts do not need to be removed.

Fans can bring one of the following approved bags inside State Farm Stadium: a 12x6x12-inch clear plastic bag, a one-gallon plastic freezer bag or a small clutch bag. Small clutch bags may include wallets no larger than a 4.5-inch x 6.5-inch size.

Fans without bags can expedite their entry process by going through a no-bag line.

Pregame eats, team shop open: Fans with tickets hoping to grab beer and food, or watch TVs, can access the Big Red Brew Haus starting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. They can enter at Gate 2 and then take the escalators down.

The Arizona Cardinals Flight Deck opens at the same time. The structure near the stadium plaza will have a large LED video board to watch early NFL games. It will have shade, plus food and beverage options.

The team shop located near Gate 2 also opens at 9:45 a.m., and sales are cashless.

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