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PHOENIX (AP) _ A nearly two-year effort to find a site for the Arizona Cardinals' stadium neared an end Friday, with the city of Glendale the apparent winner.

Tempe withdrew its bid, and the executive director of the Tourism and Sports Authority said Glendale was the obvious choice.

``We will put this multipurpose facility just south of the new Coyotes arena and create one of the greatest sports-entertainment megaplexes in the Southwest,'' said Ted Ferris, the sports authority's executive director.

He said there could be a final agreement between the sports authority and Glendale in the next few days, and the authority could vote on it late next week.

The $350 million stadium would be built on farm land near the Loop 101 freeway adjacent to the site of the arena being constructed for the NHL's Coyotes.

The only other site under consideration, in Mesa, ``will be a backup site at best,'' Ferris said.

Mesa's bid faces a public vote on Sept. 10, two days before a deadline set by the Legislature for selecting the stadium's location.

The Fiesta Bowl and Cardinals preferred the Tempe site, but there were concerns about lack of parking spaces and traffic congestion.

The Tempe City Council voted 5-2 not to extend a deadline for finalizing a deal with the Cardinals.

``I'm losing my optimism that the stadium will ever be built,'' Tempe mayor Neil Giuliano said.