Glendale, Arizona is a bustling metropolitan area about 9 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix that is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. They play at the University of Phoenix stadium which hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2008, and Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. In January of 2016, it will host the College Football National Championship.
Although now considered part of the larger Phoenix metropolitan area, Glendale has a history dating back to the late 1800’s, when William John Murphy was in charge of building a 40-mile long canal for the Arizona Canal Company. Murphy formed the Arizona Improvement Company, and sold the land and water rights south of the canal, referring to the area as Glendale. To provide better access from Glendale to Phoenix, he built an 18-mile road he named Grand Avenue.
Glendale is famous for a number of signature festivals, including “Glendale Glitters”, which lights up the skies from Thanksgiving through Christmas with beautiful lighted holiday decorations. In February, the Glendale Chocolate Festival lights up the taste buds of all chocolate lovers lucky enough to attend. Glendale is also known as Arizona’s Antique Capital, and historic downtown Glendale has been named by USA Today and Sunset Magazine as one of the country’s ten best places for shopping.