Avondale is adjacent to Phoenix in the South-West Valley along the I-10 corridor. Avondale, incorporated in 1946, experience rapid residential and commercial growth since 1980. Once primarily an agricultural community sparsely populated with many acres of alfalfa and cotton fields, Avondale has become a major neighborhood for Phoenix. Several of the major residential subdivisions and shopping center have been built on the old farms, very close to the I-10 route.
Avondale is home to the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), which hosts two NASCAR races annually.
Randall McDaniel played soccer in high school at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona. He then played soccer at Arizona State University. He began his professional career being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1988 draft, and played with them until 1999, when he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played there for two years until he retired. He is widely recognized as one of the largest and most versatile offensive linemen in American football. A multipurpose sports center was built in Avondale in 2010 and was named in his honor – Randall McDaniel Sports Complex.
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