The location requires City Council approval and would be the fourth in Arizona.

Topgolf is planning a location near the Arizona Cardinals stadium and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, the company announced Tuesday.

This would be the West Valley’s first Topgolf and the fourth in Arizona, joining Gilbert, Scottsdale and Tucson, where a location is opening this winter.

The popular entertainment venue mixes socializing and sports, with a restaurant, a bar and climate-controlled driving ranges on three stories. Groups of up to six swing at microchip-embedded golfballs that track the shot’s accuracy and distance, awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield.

Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway estimates Topgolf Glendale would attract about 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

The Glendale City Council is slated to vote on the project Tuesday evening, and city staff have recommended the sale of city land at the northwest corner of Loop 101 and Bethany Home Road. If approved, Glendale will sell the 13.1 acres for $5.7 million.

The 65,000-square-foot venue is planned to open in late 2018 and would bring 500 full-time and part-time jobs.

“We are hopeful to welcome Topgolf, a premier name in entertainment, as the newest addition to the greater Glendale Sports and Entertainment District,” Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said in a written statement. “This signature opportunity would go a long way in furthering the type of quality growth Glendale is attracting to this thriving district.”


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Reinvigorating Main Street

Unlike Westgate and University of Phoenix Stadium, Topgolf would be west of the 101, where the Main Street complex was originally planned.

Main Street was envisioned to act as a second Westgate and help the city pay for its spring-training stadium before it went belly-up in 2010.

Phelps said the city has hosted meetings with several developers who were originally involved with Main Street and are starting to revive the idea.

Two years ago, American Furniture Warehouse opened just south of the proposed Topgolf. Now, the golf venue could act as an anchor for more development west of the 101, he said.

The city had originally purchased the land for a water-treatment plant, but opted to move it to another area. The city paid about $15 per square foot, and the sale price is about $10 per square foot. The city purchased the land at the height of the boom in 2008.

“We wanted to be strategic. We didn’t just want to sell it to put an office building there or another apartment complex,” he said.

Phelps said he believes the area — including Westgate, Topgolf and the football stadium — could be the leading entertainment hub in the metro-Phoenix area. Topgolf is the perfect venue to bolster that vision, he said.

“It’s really the ideal business we want to attract as we focus on the entertainment district,” he said. “Topgolf is an industry leader there, so we think it’s a great fit.”


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