A Real Kick

When I wrote about Glendale going from titty city to rugby town last year, plans for the 5,000-seat rugby stadium and adjacent rec center were still in the design phase. After adopting rugby as the city’s official sport, Glendale was going to spend $20 million to build the first municipally-owned rugby stadium in the country.

Now that historic stadium has a name, Infinity Park, and on Saturday will host its first games. The Glendale Olde Girls take on the New York RFC at noon, and the Glendale Raptors men’s team play the Albuquerque Aardvarks at 2:30 p.m. City officials hope rugby will be the key to revitalizing Glendale’s image. Stop by 950 Birch Street to get a peak at how this rough and tumble sport suits the infamous little town. -- Jessica Centers

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