The Info List - Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Coordinates: 33°26′45″N 112°4′17″W / 33.44583°N 112.07139°W / 33.44583; -112.07139

Talking Stick Resort Arena

The Purple Palace The Stick The Snake Pit

North Entrance of venue (c.2015)

Former names America West Arena (1992–2006) US Airways Center (2006-15)

Address 201 E Jefferson St

Location Phoenix, Arizona

Public transit Convention Center

Owner City of Phoenix

Operator Phoenix Arena Development, L.P.

Capacity 18,422[1]


Broke ground August 1, 1990 (1990-08-01)[2]

Opened June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06)

Renovated 2003

Construction cost $89 million ($155 million in 2017 dollars[3]

$67 million (renovations) ($78.8 million in 2017 dollars[3]

Architect Ellerbe Becket

Project manager Huber, Hunt & Nichols[4]

Structural engineer Horst Berger[5]/Severud[6]

Services engineer Flack + Kurtz[7]

General contractor Perini Building Company[8]


Phoenix Suns (NBA) (1992–present) Arizona Rattlers (AFL/IFL) (1992–present) Arizona Sandsharks (CISL) (1993–97) Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003) Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) (1997-present) Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–09)

Then-America West Arena in April 2005

Aerial view of then-US Airways Center in 2007

Then-US Airways Center interior in 2008

Then-US Airways Center before a Phoenix Suns game in 2009

Logo as US Airways Center, 2006-2015

Entrance of then-US Airways Center in 2008

The Talking Stick Resort Arena is a sports and entertainment arena in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It opened on June 6, 1992, at a construction cost of $89 million. It was known as America West Arena from 1992 to 2006 and as US Airways Center from 2006 to 2015.[9] It is home to the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL played at the arena from their inaugural 2005–06 season until they ceased operations at the conclusion of the 2008–09 season. Located near Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the arena is one million square feet (93,000 m2) in size on an 11-acre (4.5 ha) site. These two major league sports venues are half of those used by Phoenix area professional teams, the other two being University of Phoenix Stadium and Gila River Arena in the neighboring Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Renovations were completed in March 2003, which feature a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) air conditioned glass-enclosed atrium built on the northwest side of the arena, to keep patrons cool while waiting in line for tickets or spending time inside the building before events. The total cost was estimated at around $67 million. The upgrading of the arena was done as part of the Phoenix Suns' plan to keep it economically competitive after Gila River Arena opened.[10] Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo originally thought of the renovations after visiting Staples Center in Los Angeles and envisioned a similar entertainment district in Phoenix.[11] The arena also features the Verve Lounge, a high-class exclusive bar lounge.[12]


1 Sports teams and events

1.1 Pro Wrestling 1.2 Concerts

2 History

2.1 NHL years

3 Naming rights 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Sports teams and events[edit] Basketball, arena football, concerts, ice shows and other events are held in the arena. The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Phoenix Coyotes played their first 7½ seasons at Talking Stick Resort Arena following their arrival from Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 1, 1996. The since-renamed Arizona Coyotes moved 12.5 miles (20.1 km) northwest to Gila River Arena on December 27, 2003. The arena also hosted the Arizona Sandsharks of the defunct Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). Its most common nickname is "The Purple Palace", though during the Rattlers' season it is known as "The Snake Pit".[13] Capacity for basketball was originally 19,023, but was downsized after the 2002–03 season to 18,422 and further downsized to 18,055 before the 2014–15 season. Three of the games of the 1993 NBA Finals between the Suns and the Chicago Bulls, including Game 6 where John Paxson hit a last second 3-point shot to clinch the Bulls' third championship, were played there, as was one of the three 1998 WNBA Finals games and two ArenaBowl games, and some games of the 2007 and 2009 WNBA Finals. In 1997, the Rattlers won ArenaBowl XI at America West Arena. The 1995 NBA All-Star Game was played in the arena as well as the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game, and the arena hosted the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.[14] In boxing, Oscar de la Hoya had a few of his early bouts at the arena, and Michael Carbajal also fought there, including winning the WBO world Junior Flyweight title from Josue Camacho in 1994, and Julio Cesar Chavez ended his career with a fight at the arena. In bull riding, the PBR hosted a Built Ford Tough Series (at the time, called the Bud Light Cup) event at the arena each year between 1999 and 2002; in 2004 the event was moved to the Glendale Arena (later Jobing.com Arena and Gila River Arena). The PBR will be returning to the arena for the first time in March 2014. Pro Wrestling[edit] The arena hosted numerous events for WWE, including SummerSlam 2003 (as America West Arena), Judgment Day 2006. Cyber Sunday 2008, Money in the Bank 2012[15], Royal Rumble 2013 (as US Airways Center), and Elimination Chamber 2017 (as Talking Stick Resort Arena). On January 24, 2018, it was announced that NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, RAW, and SmackDown Live will be taking place at Talking Stick Resort Arena during Royal Rumble weekend in 2019. The Royal Rumble itself will be held at Chase Field.[16] Concerts[edit] On December 10, 1993, legendary singer Frank Sinatra gave one of his last concerts at America West Arena. U2 performed at the venue on April 28 and November 23, 2001 during their Elevation Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 34,681 people. The band performed at the venue for other two shows on May 22 and 23, 2015 as part of their Innocence + Experience Tour. Depeche Mode performed at the arena three times: the first one was on December 14, 1998 during their Singles Tour. The second one was on August 10, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The third one was on August 23, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a crowd of 7,635 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe. History[edit] Construction of this arena began in 1990, as Suns owner Jerry Colangelo envisioned a need for a new playing facility to replace Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In 1992, the new arena was officially inaugurated with a 111–105 Suns win over the Los Angeles Clippers. After the Suns lost the NBA Finals that year, a parade that attracted more than 300,000 Suns fans made its way through downtown and finished at the new arena. NHL years[edit]

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When the Winnipeg Jets NHL franchise announced their intention to move to Phoenix to become the Coyotes for the 1996–97 season, the arena was quickly reconfigured for ice hockey. Unlike most multipurpose arenas, it was not designed with an ice hockey rink in mind. While its tight seating configuration suits basketball very well, it made it difficult to fit a standard NHL rink onto the floor. The lower level had to be sheared in half to fit the rink and create retractable seating. As it turned out, the result was completely inadequate for the Coyotes. Three entire sections at one end of the ice hung over the boards. Fans sitting in those sections could not see ¼ of the ice (including one of the nets) except on the video boards.[17] The problem was so serious that after the team's first season in Phoenix, the team had to curtain off some seats in the areas where the view was particularly obstructed, cutting listed capacity from around 18,000 seats to 16,210. The Coyotes added a second video board in an area where the view was particularly obstructed, and also put up numerous proposals to improve sight lines in order to boost capacity back over the 17,000 mark. They also had to sell many obstructed-view tickets at a reduced price. In addition, an unfavorable lease caused further financial troubles that hobbled the team for much of the time the Coyotes played at the arena, and were a factor in driving the team into bankruptcy in 2009. The Coyotes moved into an arena of their own, Glendale Arena (later Jobing.com Arena and now Gila River Arena), located in suburban Glendale, for the 2003–04 NHL season. Naming rights[edit] The arena was known from its opening until 2006 as America West Arena with the naming rights sold to Tempe, Arizona based America West Airlines. The previous year had America West purchase rival carrier US Airways and assume its name with the naming rights agreement carried with it. The venue adopted the US Airways name in 2006 after a rebranding and was the second arena the company owned the naming rights for after Washington, D.C.'s Capital Centre (known as US Airways Arena from 1996 until 1997 after the company, which had been known as USAir prior to that, rebranded). The new naming rights sponsor was announced at a press conference outside Casino Arizona Pavilion on December 2, 2014. The venue was renamed as Talking Stick Resort Arena.[18][19] The name was established after the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Talking Stick Resort. The name change was completed before the 2015–16 Phoenix Suns season, with the name going into effect after the end of the 2015 Phoenix Mercury season in September 2015. See also[edit]

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List of historic properties in Phoenix, Arizona


^ "2014–15 Phoenix Suns Media Guide" (PDF). Phoenix Suns. p. 344. Retrieved January 30, 2015.  ^ Condor, Bob (June 9, 1993). "Suns' Year-old Arena Colangelo's Pride And Joy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2011.  ^ a b Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ Ballparks.com - US Airways Center ^ Joseph Denardis - Experience ^ Severud Associates - Projects ^ Flack + Kurtz Sports Experience Archived February 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Perini Building Company - Sports Projects ^ Wiles, Russ (December 2, 2014). "US Airways Center's new name: Talking Stick Resort Arena". The Arizona Republic. Gannett Company. Retrieved February 16, 2015.  ^ Schwartz, David (May 26, 2003). "Suns Hopes Rise With 'Reinvented' NBA Arena". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved May 16, 2012.  ^ (October 27, 2003) Facelift At Arena Keeps It In Vogue ^ "Verve Energy Lounge, a chic Suns experience". Retrieved Aug 12, 2013.  ^ Baum, Bob (2016-08-25). "Philadelphia Soul, Arizona Rattlers set for Arena Bowl showdown". The Morning Call. The Associated Press.  ^ "Phoenix selected as host for 2009 NBA All-Star game". Yahoo! Sports. November 7, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2007.  ^ WWE PPV Money In The Bank, US Airways Center, 2012-06-17, retrieved 2012-06-17  ^ "WWE fans, Royal Rumble 2019 is coming to Chase Field in Phoenix". AZ Central. Retrieved January 24, 2018.  ^ Ballparks.com - Phoenix Coyotes (Past) ^ "Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announce Talking Stick Resort Arena" (Press release). US Airways Center. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.  ^ "Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announce Talking Stick Resort Arena". Phoenix Suns. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Official website

Events and tenants

Preceded by Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Home of the Phoenix Suns 1992–present Succeeded by current

Preceded by first arena Home of the Arizona Rattlers 1992 – present Succeeded by current

Preceded by first arena Home of the Phoenix Mercury 1997 – present Succeeded by current

Preceded by first arena Home of the Phoenix RoadRunners 2005–2009 Succeeded by folded

Preceded by Winnipeg Arena Home of the Phoenix Coyotes 1996–2003 Succeeded by Glendale Arena

Preceded by Target Center New Orleans Arena Host of the NBA All-Star Game 1995 2009 Succeeded by Alamodome Cowboys Stadium

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Phoenix Suns

Founded in 1968 Based in Phoenix, Arizona


Franchise Expansion Draft History Draft history All-time roster Head coaches Seasons Records Current season


Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Talking Stick Resort Arena

General managers

J. Colangelo B. Colangelo D'Antoni Kerr Blanks McDonough

G League affiliate

Northern Arizona Suns

Culture & lore

The Suns Gorilla The Shot 'Heard' Round the World 07 Seconds or Less STAT The Matrix Sir Charles Nashty The Greyhound Thunder Dan Shazam Oklahoma Kid Original Sun Hawk


San Antonio Spurs

Ring of Honor & Retired numbers

5 6 7 9 13 24 33 34 42 44 Jerry Colangelo Cotton Fitzsimmons John MacLeod Al McCoy Joe Proski

Hall of Famers

Charles Barkley Jerry Colangelo Gail Goodrich Connie Hawkins Grant Hill (To be inducted in September 2018) Dennis Johnson Gus Johnson Jason Kidd (To be inducted in September 2018) Ann Meyers Steve Nash (To be inducted in September 2018) Shaquille O'Neal Pat Riley Charlie Scott (To be inducted in September 2018) Rick Welts (To be inducted in September 2018)

Key personnel

Owner Robert Sarver President & CEO Jason Rowley General Manager & President of Basketball Operations Ryan McDonough Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones Director of Player Personnel Mark West Head Coach Jay Triano (interim) Voice of the Suns Al McCoy

Western Conference Championships (2)

1976 1993

Pacific Division Championships (6)

1981 1993 1995 2005 2006 2007


TV FS Arizona Radio Arizona Sports Announcers Tom Leander Tom Chambers Kevin Ray Eddie Johnson Al McCoy Tim Kempton Ann Meyers Casey Jacobsen Jon Bloom

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Arizona Rattlers

Founded in 1992 Based in Phoenix, Arizona


Franchise Seasons


Talking Stick Resort Arena

Head coaches

White Shell Nudo Guy

Playoff appearances (22)

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Division championships (10)

1996 1997 1998 1999 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

ArenaBowl appearances (10)


United Bowl appearances (1)


Retired numbers

13 14 17

Hall of Fame members

Sherdrick Bonner Hunkie Cooper Randy Gatewood Bob McMillen Gene Nudo Danny White

Current league affiliations

League: Indoor Football League

Seasons (25)


1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999


2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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Arizona Coyotes

Formerly the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes Founded in 1972 Based in Glendale, Arizona


Team General managers Coaches Players Captains Draft picks (Expansion draft) Seasons Current season


Bankruptcy Records Award winners Retired numbers


Owner Andrew Barroway General manager John Chayka Head coach Rick Tocchet Team captain Vacant Current roster


America West Arena Gila River Arena


AHL Tucson Roadrunners ECHL Fort Wayne Komets



Culture and lore

Winnipeg Jets Howler

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Phoenix Mercury

Founded in 1997 Based in Phoenix, Arizona


Franchise Current season


Talking Stick Resort Arena

Head Coaches

Cheryl Miller Cynthia Cooper Linda Sharp John Shumate Carrie Graf Paul Westhead Corey Gaines Russ Pennell Sandy Brondello


Owner: Jerry Colangelo Robert Sarver

General Manager: Cheryl Miller Seth Sulka Ann Meyers-Drysdale Corey Gaines Amber Cox Jason Rowley


DeWanna Bonner Anna DeForge Candice Dupree Brittney Griner Brandy Reed Cappie Pondexter Diana Taurasi Penny Taylor Michelle Timms Adrian Williams


1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Playoff appearances

1997 1998 2000 2007 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 2017

Conference Championships

1998 2007 2009 2014

WNBA Championships

2007 2009 2014


Houston Comets Los Angeles Sparks Minnesota Lynx Seattle Storm


TV: FS Arizona (FS-A) Announcers: Kayte Christensen, Tom Leander

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Phoenix Points of Pride

Ak-Chin Pavilion (formerly Cricket Pavilion) Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Arizona Center Arizona State University at the West campus Ben Avery Shooting Facility Burton Barr Central Library Camelback Mountain Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve Desert Botanical Garden Encanto Park Heard Museum The Herberger Theater Center Historic Heritage Square Ro Ho En (Japanese Friendship Garden) Mystery Castle Orpheum Theatre Papago Park/Hole-In-The-Rock Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area Phoenix Zoo Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park Shemer Art Center and Museum South Mountain Park St. Mary's Basilica Symphony Hall Telephone Pioneers of America Park Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden Talking Stick Resort Arena Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza Wrigley Mansion

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Current arenas in the National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference


Air Canada Centre Barclays Center Madison Square Garden TD Garden Wells Fargo Center


Bankers Life Fieldhouse BMO Harris Bradley Center Little Caesars Arena Quicken Loans Arena United Center


American Airlines Arena Amway Center Capital One Arena Philips Arena Spectrum Center

Western Conference


Chesapeake Energy Arena Moda Center Pepsi Center Target Center Vivint Smart Home Arena


Golden 1 Center Oracle Arena Staples Center Talking Stick Resort Arena


American Airlines Center AT&T Center FedExForum Smoothie King Center Toyota Center

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Current arenas in the Women's National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference

Bankers Life Fieldhouse Capital One Arena Madison Square Garden McCamish Pavilion Mohegan Sun Arena Wintrust Arena

Western Conference

College Park Center KeyArena Mandalay Bay Events Center Staples Center Talking Stick Resort Arena Target Center

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Current arenas in the Indoor Football League


Denny Sanford Premier Center (Sioux Falls, SD) Eihusen Arena (Grand Island, NE) Grossinger Motors Arena (Bloomington, IL) L. C. Walker Arena (Muskegon, MI) Resch Center (Ashwaubenon, WI) Talking Stick Resort Arena (Phoenix, AZ) U.S. Cellular Center (Cedar Rapids, IA) Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, IA)

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Music venues of Arizona

Outdoor venues

Ak-Chin Pavilion Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater Chase Field Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium Mesa Amphitheatre The Pool at Talking Stick Salt River Fields Sun Bowl Amphitheatre Sun Devil Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium

Theaters and clubs

Celebrity Theatre Chandler Center for the Arts Club Congress Comerica Theatre Fox Tucson Theatre Gammage Memorial Auditorium Marquee Theatre The Mason Jar Mesa Arts Center Modified Arts Orpheum Theater Orpheum Theatre Phoenix Symphony Hall Rialto Theatre Rhythm Room Safford Center for the Arts The Showroom at Talking Stick Skrappys Trunk Space Tempe Center for the Arts Tucson Music Hall


Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Equidome Arena GCU Arena Gila River Arena Mojave Crossing Prescott Valley Event Center Talking Stick Resort Arena Tucson Arena Walkup Skydome Wells Fargo Arena

Historic venues

Compton Terrace Graham Central Station Long Wong's P