CCV holds Easter service at University of Phoenix Stadium

FOX 10's Nicole Garcia reports University of Phoenix Stadium was full this Sunday, not with football fans, but with churchgoers. (4/5/15)


University of Phoenix stadium was full this Sunday, not with football fans, but with churchgoers.

More than 50,000 people attended an Easter service that was held at the home of the Cardinals.

On any given Sunday, you could find tailgaters and massive crowds, rushing to get into University of Phoenix Stadium.

But this wasn't your typical Sunday, and inside, the people in the stands weren't cheering for their favorite team.

Instead, thousands of people were there to pray.

Christ's church of the valley decided to hold their Easter service at the football stadium.

"We've been planning for the past couple years exactly where and how we can bring all of our members from our five campuses around the valley under one roof for one incredible Easter experience," said Emily Forman, with Christ's Church of the Valley.

Hundreds even showed up early to camp out in the parking lot before the service.

Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton were among the more than 50,000 people in attendance at the service.

This was the first time the church has held service at the stadium  and some felt a little overwhelmed at the size of the crowd.

The service was open to the public and appeared to be the largest Easter service in the valley.

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