Phoenix City Council has approved $230 million for the renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena in Arizona.
The arena is home to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers indoor American Football team. The venue also hosts concerts and other live events.
The arena will undergo extensive renovations between 2019 and 2021 with the City of Phoenix contributing $150 million towards the project and the Suns stumping up $80 million.
Renovations include repair and replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure for the arena.
Improvements will also be made to locker rooms, seating areas, concourses and VIP and hospitality areas.
Suns president and chief executive Jason Rowley said:
We’ve been extremely proud to call downtown Phoenix our home since Talking Stick Resort Arena opened in 1992 and, today, we are thrilled to officially extend our All-Star partnership with the City of Phoenix by agreeing to reinvest in downtown with a $230 million renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Together, we will bring the 27-year-old facility into the 21st century with infrastructure, technology and creature comfort innovations that will elevate every level of the arena and enhance the fan experience for all guests that attend games, concerts and events in this building.
When renovations are completed in 2021, the city, state and the entire community will celebrate Talking Stick Resort Arena as a premiere sports and entertainment venue and an amenity that can be enjoyed by both local residents and the millions of visitors that frequent the Valley annually.
The Suns will also build a new off-site practice facility in Phoenix to make more room for parking at the newly renovated arena.