Earlier this month, the Arizona Cardinals cut the ribbon on their new 63,000-seat palace. But Saturday night, during a monster truck event, the stadium was christened in a different way.
An out-of-control truck veered off the dirt track and crashed into a wall at the north end of Cardinals Stadium — turning about two dozen cinder blocks into rubble in front of section 122 at the $455 million building.
Scott Norton, director of marketing and sales for Global Spectrum — a management company hired by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority — said the wall, which is about 7 or 8 feet high, was hit by both the chassis and a large tire of the truck, which took out blocks in two different areas. Norton said the wall is mostly cosmetic and covers a storage area under section 122.
"No one was hurt and the damage was minimal," said Norton, who refused to estimate the cost of repair other than to say it was in the low thousands. "We don't let anyone sit in the first five rows of any section at shows such as this, for just such reasons.
"The lower bowl sits on cement rackers and the support beams for those sections are much further back. The structure is fine."
Norton said the monster truck promoters, Amp Live of Scottsdale, carry insurance for each performance and will be picking up the four-figure tab for repairs.
Norton said a temporary wall will be in place in time for Thursday's Broncos-Cardinals game, and fans seated in the affected section will be able to take in the game without any problem. "It will be covered up before the game, and then afterward we'll have some time to restore the wall as it was before," Norton said.
A spokesman for the Cardinals said the team had no comment on the incident, referring all questions to Global Spectrum.