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TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA is a sports and entertainment arena in downtown Phoenix , Arizona
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.

It is home to the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA), the Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury
of the Women\'s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Arizona Rattlers
Arizona Rattlers
of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Phoenix RoadRunners
Phoenix RoadRunners
of the ECHL
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
Chase Field
, home of the Arizona
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
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
Arena
opened. Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo
Jerry Colangelo
originally thought of the renovations after visiting Staples Center
Staples Center
in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and envisioned a similar entertainment district in Phoenix.

The arena also features the Verve Lounge, a high-class exclusive bar lounge.

CONTENTS

* 1 Sports teams and events

* 2 History

* 2.1 NHL years

* 3 Naming rights * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

SPORTS TEAMS AND EVENTS

Basketball, arena football, concerts, ice shows and other events are held in the arena.

The National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL)'s Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
played their first 7½ seasons at Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
Arena
Arena
following their arrival from Winnipeg
Winnipeg
, Manitoba
Manitoba
on July 1, 1996. The since-renamed Arizona
Arizona
Coyotes moved 12.5 miles (20.1 km) northwest to Gila River Arena
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".

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
1993 NBA Finals
between the Suns and the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
, including game six where John Paxson hit a last second 3-point shot to clinch the Bulls' 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 .

In boxing , Oscar de la Hoya
Oscar de la Hoya
had a few of his early bouts at the arena, and Michael Carbajal
Michael Carbajal
also fought there, including winning the WBO
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
Arena
and Gila River Arena). The PBR will be returning to the arena for the first time in March 2014.

On December 10, 1993, legendary singer Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
gave one of his last concerts at America West Arena.

The arena hosted numerous events for WWE
WWE
, including SummerSlam 2003 (as America West Arena), Judgment Day 2006. Cyber Sunday 2008, Money in the Bank 2012, Royal Rumble 2013 (as US Airways
US Airways
Center), and Elimination Chamber 2017 (as Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
Arena).

U2 performed at the venue on April 28 and November 23, 2001 during their Elevation Tour
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
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
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

Construction of this arena began in 1990, as Suns owner Jerry Colangelo envisioned a need for a new playing facility to replace Arizona
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

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When the Winnipeg
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. 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
Arena
(later Jobing.com Arena
Arena
and now Gila River Arena
Arena
), located in suburban Glendale , for the 2003–04 NHL season
2003–04 NHL season
.

NAMING RIGHTS

The arena was known from its opening until 2006 as America West Arena with the naming rights sold to Tempe, Arizona
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
US Airways
name in 2006 after a rebranding and was the second arena the company owned the naming rights for after Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
's Capital Centre
Capital Centre
(known as US Airways
US Airways
Arena
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
Arizona
Pavilion on December 2, 2014. The venue was renamed as Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
Arena. The name was established after the Scottsdale, Arizona
Arizona
-based Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
. The name change was completed before the 2015–16 Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
season , with the name going into effect after the end of the 2015 Phoenix Mercury season in September 2015.

SEE ALSO

* Arizona
Arizona
portal

* List of historic properties in Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

REFERENCES

* ^ "2014–15 Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
Media Guide" (PDF). Phoenix Suns. p. 344. Retrieved January 30, 2015. * ^ Condor, Bob (June 9, 1993). "Suns\' Year-old Arena
Arena
Colangelo\'s Pride And Joy". Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
. Retrieved September 19, 2011. * ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. * ^ Ballparks.com - US Airways
US Airways
Center * ^ Joseph Denardis - Experience * ^ Severud Associates - Projects * ^ Flack + Kurtz Sports Experience Archived February 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Perini Building Company - Sports Projects * ^ Wiles, Russ (December 2, 2014). " US Airways
US Airways
Center\'s new name: Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
Arena". The Arizona
Arizona
Republic . Gannett Company
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
Arena
Keeps It In Vogue * ^ "Verve Energy Lounge, a chic Suns experience". Retrieved Aug 12, 2013. * ^ "Phoenix