Glendale renames road in front of University of Phoenix Stadium
PHOENIX — The Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to rename part of a road adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals, in an attempt to show pride for its hometown NFL team.
The council voted to rename Bethany Home Road between 91st and 99th Avenues, which will officially be known as Cardinals Way.
In a press release, the council said the renaming is in “recognition of the significant economic and community impact the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals football team has had on Glendale, the West Valley and the entire state of Arizona.”
Mayor Jerry Weiers said in a statement that renaming the road was something he wanted to do “as a special way to recognize an organization that represents Glendale and Arizona in the very best ways.
“The Bidwill family has established a winning football tradition and a true spirit of community giving in Arizona,” he added.
“When visitors from all over the state, the U.S. and the world travel to the stadium, it is only fitting that they should be heading towards Cardinals Way.”
The move to rename the street comes as two major events are slated to be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium: The CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019 and the Super Bowl in 2023.
Bob Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, also recently bought the sprawling Westgate Entertainment District that is adjacent to the stadium.
City officials are coordinating with the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Department of Transportation to develop a schedule to replace the signs along the Loop 101 and Bethany Home Road.