It is official. The Arizona Cardinals have a street named after them now.
The city of Glendale honored the state’s NFL team by unveiling Cardinals Way on Monday. The new name of the street which was formerly known as Bethany Home Road between 83rd and 99th Avenues. The road is adjacent the team’s home State Farm Stadium.
“This is a very unique way to recognize an organization that represents Glendale and Arizona in the very best manner,” Mayor Jerry Weiers said during a press conference.
Last June, Glendale City Council unanimously voted to rename the road. Weiers said it is a way to recognize the Cardinals organization for the economic and community impact they continues to make in the city.
“Cardinals’ charitable and communal works continue to make positive and very large impacts in Arizona,” he said.
Team president Michael Bidwill, expressed gratitude to those that helped make Cardinals Way possible.
“Thank you, we are honored and humbled,” he said during the Monday event. “This is a great honor for us, our fans, and the National Football League.”
Bidwill elaborated on how his organization and the city have grown together over the years.
“There were people that doubted the Cardinals. There were people that doubted Glendale, the West Valley, and what we could do together. Well, look what we’ve made now.”
Starting Friday, the Arizona Department of Transportation will change the Bethany Home Road exit signs on the Loop 101 to reflect the new street name.
Maricopa Association of Governments is covering the state costs of the new signage by using grants to cover the $11,000 cost.
Mayor Weiers believes the new signs will continue to boost the economic developments in the city. “I believe the renaming of the road will enhance tourism, economic development and area branding for large events held at State Farm Stadium,” Weiers said.