Glendale, Arizona

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Glendale (pronounced /ˈɡlɛndeɪl/) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 246,531.[3]

The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and NLL's Arizona Sting began playing in Glendale when Jobing.com Arena (formerly the Glendale Arena) opened in December 2003. Also in Glendale is the new University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which opened in August 2006. In 2008, Super Bowl XLII was played there when the Giants faced the Patriots. Both venues are part of the Westgate City Center development plan, meant to spur growth in the sparsely inhabited Yucca district. The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball both moved to Glendale and share a facility, known as Camelback Ranch, for spring training 2009.

Glendale bills itself as “Arizona’s Antique Capital,” with support for its claim from both Sunset Magazine (2004) and a 1998 article in USA Today. Glendale is home to the popular Arrowhead Towne Center mall in the northwest part of the city. Glendale also is home to Midwestern University, metro Phoenix's first medical school, as well as a major post-graduate international business school, the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

An extension of METRO light rail service is planned to serve the city, opening in 2026 [1], reprising a role played by the Phoenix Street Railway between 1911 and 1926.

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