The 2000 season proved pivotal to the Arizona Cardinals' franchise.
An October coaching change promoted then-defensive coordinator Dave McGinnis to interim head coach, replacing Vince Tobin after four and one-half seasons. Eight weeks later, McGinnis was named the franchise's permanent head coach.
Election Day, November 7, 2000, fell in between. Voters in Maricopa County passed Proposition 302, the Tourism and Sports Initiative, to help fund a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and future Super Bowls, in addition to providing revenue for Cactus League spring training baseball, tourism, and youth recreation. The 454,785 "yes" votes spelled a plurality of 33,123 votes (51.89 percent).
The Arizona Cardinals' new home is scheduled to open in 2004!
The list of former Arizona Cardinals enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame reached 14 in 1996 when former offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf joined the elite group. The University of Michigan product, currently a CBS-TV NFL color analyst, played every down of his illustrious 13-year (1971–83) career as an Arizona Cardinal.
The others are Charles Bidwill, Guy Chamberlin, Conzelman, Driscoll, Kiesling, Curly Lambeau, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Ollie Matson, Nevers, Jackie Smith, Jim Thorpe, Trippi, and Larry Wilson, who currently serves the Arizona Cardinals as a vice president.