Introduction to Glendale, Arizona
Glendale was originally settled in the late 1880's, and is a city of over 230,000 residents. Glendale is part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the fourteenth largest in the United States with a population over 3.2 million people.
Glendale is located in south/central Arizona. It is about a fifteen minute drive northwest of Phoenix. While no Fortune 1000 Companies are headquartered in Glendale, nearby Phoenix is home to seven, and nearby Scottsdale is home to three more.
Glendale has a hot arid climate. January is the coolest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Glendale is almost always sunny, and receives very little rain.
Glendale Arts and Entertainment
For a city of modest size, Glendale provides a good assortment of arts and entertainment offerings. Some of the more notable arts and entertainment offerings include:
- The Bead Museum
- The Historic Manistee Ranch
- Max's Sports Bar Museum
- The Marshall Way Arts District
- The Historic Sahuaro Ranch
- Xeriscape Botanical Garden/Glendale Main Library
Close proximity to Phoenix also give Glendale residents and visitors easy access to all of the arts and entertainment offerings of Phoenix, Arizona's largest city, and the sixth largest city in the United States.
For sports enthusiasts, Glendale is home to the National Football League's (NFL) Arizona Cardinals, the National Hockey League's (NHL) Phoenix Coyotes, and the national Lacrosse League's (NLL) Arizona Sting. Other nearby professional sports offerings include Major League Baseball's (MLB) Arizona Diamondbacks, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Phoenix Suns, and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
In addition, in the spring of every year, nine major league baseball teams come to the Phoenix area for spring training. Nearby Scottsdale is also home to the FBR Open Golf Tournament. In 2008, the NFL's Super Bowl will be held in Glendale.