Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles (14km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.
Glendale is the site of two major sports venues: State Farm Stadium and Gila River Arena. Both venues are part of the Glendale Sports and Entertainment District development plan, meant to spur growth in the sparsely inhabited Yucca district. Both venues are owned by the City of Glendale. State Farm Stadium is the home field of the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. The team formerly played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in nearby Tempe, until they moved in 2006. The stadium is also used for college football and other events. The stadium hosts the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl bowl game. The BCS National Championship college football championship game also circulates to Glendale. The 2011 BCS National Championship Game was held in Glendale on January 10, 2011.