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Coyotes game, Monster Jam expected to snarl Glendale traffic on Saturday

Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini, of Great Britain, celebrates his goal with center Christian Dvorak during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Coyotes won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

PHOENIX — Between the Monster Jam event at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Arizona Coyotes opening night at Gila River Arena, traffic in Glendale is expected be snarled on Saturday.

Because of these high-profile events, the Glendale Traffic Management Center is advising drivers to plan ahead and leave early if they plan on attending.

Officials believe heavy traffic will persist in the area between noon and midnight, with the heaviest traffic times occurring between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Several roads in the area will also be closed starting at noon. Maryland Avenue from 93rd Avenue to 95th Avenue will be closed, as well as 95th Avenue from Bethany Home Road to Maryland Avenue.

Parking at University of Phoenix Stadium for the Monster Jam event will be available starting at 1 p.m., with stadium doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Parking at Gila River Arena for the Arizona Coyotes game will be open at noon, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Officials are advising drivers to know where they are going to park before they go and to arrive within two hours of the parking lot opening.

Traffic from Monster Jam should exit the Loop 101 at Camelback Road, Bethany Home Road, Maryland Avenue or Northern Avenue. Traffic from the Arizona Coyotes game should exit the Loop 101 at Glendale Avenue.

The clear bag policy will also be enforced at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

For those who are still looking for tickets, there are tickets available for the Monster Jam for as low as $15.

Tickets for the Arizona Coyotes game, however, is going to cost you. Tickets for the team’s opening night game against the Vegas Golden Knights will cost at least $35 a pop.

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