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Arizona Cardinals fans should plan ahead to avoid Phoenix-area traffic

FILE- In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. With quarterback Carson Palmer out with a broken arm, Arizona is leaning on Peterson even more. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

PHOENIX — Traffic in the Phoenix area is expected to be snarled as the Arizona Cardinals face off against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is encouraging fans to hit the road a little early to beat the traffic that will coalesce around the Glendale stadium before the 6:25 p.m. kickoff.

Rush hour in the Phoenix area typically picks up around 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m., but the game could affect traffic in the area until 10:30 p.m., when it is expected to end.

The department said traffic will be most affected on the Interstate 10 west of downtown Phoenix and the Loop 101 in the West Valley.

For those driving from north Scottsdale and north Phoenix, they should consider taking the Loop 101 instead of the westbound I-10, the department said.

Drivers can keep track of the latest traffic news and updates by following KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Detour Dan on Twitter or looking at the message boards along the freeways.

The Arizona Cardinals will be honoring military members and their families at their Salute To Service game on Thursday.

Actress and performer Kristin Chenoweth will also sing the national anthem, so fans will not want to miss that.

And for fans who are not quite sure what to wear, keep in mind that the roof of University of Phoenix Stadium will be open on Thursday.

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