Councilwoman Joyce Clark

Councilwoman Joyce Clark and Arizona Cardinals mascot Big Red

participate in the ceremony renaming Bethany Home Road as Cardinals

Way at State Farm Stadium, home field for the NFL team.

(Photo courtesy city of Glendale)

As you may or may not know, I can be a trivia nerd. So I decided to find out how Bethany Home Road got its name. Some streets in the Valley received their names because of their location, such as Central Avenue or Baseline Road. Others honor local or nation historical figures such as Washington Street or Thomas Road. Yet others are tied to various landmarks, such as Camelback Road or Indian School Road.

Bethany Home Road got its name because it was a recognized landmark 100 years ago. Bethany Home was a tuberculosis sanatorium started by the Missionary Church Association. Bethany Home was established in 1908 by the church and dedicated to God. It was a Christian home for the sick. But how did the Missionary Church come up with that name? They did some of their missionary work in what is now Israel in Bethany, an ancient town near Jerusalem.

We are here to celebrate the renaming of a portion of Bethany Home Road to Cardinals Way from 83rd Avenue to 99th Avenue. It’s hard to believe but the Cardinals played their first game in Glendale on August 12, 2006, 13 years ago. As a member of Glendale’s city council back then, I voted for its approval, participated by signing a beam during the stadium’s construction and was there for opening day. The stadium has become a landmark for the West Valley. It can be seen far and wide … from Peoria to Avondale.

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.