By Mark Carlisle
From now on when football fans travel on Loop 101 to a Cardinals game in Glendale, there will be no confusion over which exit to take.
After approval by City Council last summer, Glendale officially changed the name of a two-mile stretch of Bethany Home Road near State Farm Stadium to Cardinals Way. The team and city unveiled the first of 21 new signs Monday.
On either side of the two-mile stretch of road, which is between 83rd and 99th avenues, the road is still named Bethany Home Road.
The budget for the project was $75,000. The Maricopa Association of Governments paid for $70,000, which covered the 14 changed signs on Loop 101, and Glendale paid $5,000 for seven changed signs on the road. The Arizona Department of Transportation has yet to update the signs along Loop 101.
“I’m so pleased we’re able to show our support for Arizona’s No. 1 sports team, the Arizona Cardinals,” stated Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers in a news release. “Renaming this portion of Bethany Home Road to Cardinals Way is our way of recognizing the positive community and economic impact that the Arizona Cardinals have on Glendale, the region and Arizona.”
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill was among the dignitaries helping mark the occasion. Together, he and Mayor Weiers formally unveiled the first Cardinals Way sign.
“This is a tremendous honor not only for our organization but for all Cardinals fans,” Mr. Bidwill stated in a news release. “To know that visitors to State Farm Stadium will travel on or past Cardinals Way for years to come is extremely gratifying. On behalf of our team, thank you to Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps, Mayor Jerry Weiers and the entire City Council for making this happen.”
Team mascot “Big Red” and the Cardinals cheerleaders were on hand for the ceremony, which included speeches by Mayor Weiers, Mr. Bidwill and Vice Mayor Joyce Clark, who represents the Yucca District, which included the stadium.
“By renaming Bethany Home Road to Cardinals Way, we recognize and honor a major economic driver of not just my district, the Yucca District, or even Glendale and the West Valley but of the entire Phoenix metro area,” says Vice Mayor Joyce Clark.
State Farm Stadium has hosted two Super Bowls, the Pro Bowl, the NCAA Men’s Final Four, CONCACAF Gold Cup games, WrestleMania, Fiesta Bowls, College Football National Championships in addition to hosting the biggest musical artists in the world including; the Rolling Stones, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Swift and many more. Last year, the stadium was awarded hosting duties for the 2023 Super Bowl.