Glendale, AZ is a suburb located approximately 9 miles northwest of Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States. The area is known for its many antique shops and its bustling campus life, as Glendale is home to the University of Phoenix, Midwestern University, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a post-graduate international business school.Glendale is also the site of Luke Air Force Base, which hosts 26 squadrons. The base has the largest Fighter Wing in the United States and graduates over 1,000 F-16 pilots each year.The city, which has a population exceeding 245,000, has gained much attention in the sporting world by hosting the NFL's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl since 2006. Also, the Giants and Patriots played Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix in 2008. Glendale has entertainment for the young and old alike, including the Vee Quiva Casino, as well as four golf courses and an award-winning racket center. The area also has a wide variety of shopping centers, including Arrowhead Towne Center, which includes five major department stores in addition to a 14-screen movieplex and more than 150 other specialty stores.
The city has a rail system that transports thousands of passengers a day to and from Phoenix and the surrounding area.One of the area's most popular attractions is Glendale Arena, which has been called an award winning, state of the art, multi purpose facility. The arena welcomes a variety of popular recording artists, touring family productions, and major sporting events each year. It was named the Best New Concert Venue of the Year in 2004 and has many nearby hotels built specifically to host arena visitors.Potential visitors to Glendale should know that the area's winter temperatures average from 41 to 70. Summer temperatures average 80 to 103. The area receives, on average, less than 8 inches of rain annually.Glendale, AZ is been home to several celebrities, including American Idol winner Jordin Sparks; Tom Bopp, who discovered the Hale-Bopp comet with Alan Hale; swim star Braxton Bilbrey; the late country singer Marty Robbins; Wizard of Oz actress Margret Pellegrini; Paul Santa Claus Liewer, known for his good deeds at area hospitals for over 30 years; and David Hernandez, another American Idol favorite.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan