Michael Bidwell

St. Louis ’87

President of the Arizona Cardinals – Brother Bidwill helped lead the Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl.

Missouri Delta Phi, Michael Bidwill joined the Arizona Cardinals organization in 1996 and today serves as President. On Sunday, February 1st the Arizona Cardinals played their first ever Super Bowl Game.
Among his most prominent roles with the Cardinals has been the development of University of Phoenix Stadium, a project that he spearheaded from its inception through its August, 2006 opening and which continues today. The venue has received worldwide acclaim for its distinctive architecture and cutting-edge design. Even before it opened, it was selected by BusinessWeek as one of the 10 most impressive sports facilities in the world and it has been named the NFL’s top facility each of the last two years by a SportsBusiness Journal readers survey.

He has not only taken on an ever-increasing role in guiding the Cardinals but in the National Football League and the greater Phoenix business community as well. In 2007, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Michael to the league’s Business Ventures Committee, one of the NFL’s most prominent. He recently took over as Chair of the influential Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and is also a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), an organization composed of the region’s top business and civic leaders.

Michael also serves on Arizona’s Super Bowl Host Committee which successfully staged Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium last February and will seek to bring the game back to the state. Strong community involvement has been a hallmark of Bidwill’s tenure with the Cardinals and a particular emphasis has been placed on the value of youth sports. That awareness was recognized in 2005 when the Cardinals were selected as the NFC recipient of the “2005 Pop Warner NFL Team of the Year” for their commitment to the development of youth football in the Arizona area. Two years earlier, that same organization presented Michael with the Glenn S. “Pop” Warner Award, presented annually by the national youth football organization to an individual who has achieved excellence in athletics, scholarship, and life’s endeavors with integrity and humanity.

Bidwill earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from St. Louis University in 1987 and in 1990 earned a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

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