Sarver says Suns are staying in Phoenix

Fans, there is nothing to fear. The team that has given us the greats such as Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire and Devin Booker is staying put.

The Phoenix City Council in January could consider a proposal for a renovation of Talking Stick Arena. The upgrade would cost $230, with $80 million from the Suns and $150 million from the City of Phoenix. The renovations would include new indoor dining options and luxury amenities to attract fans, bigger scoreboards, unique seating arrangements, large naming-rights deals, as well as planned development of shops and entertainment nearby.

Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver has put to rest rumors that the team is looking for a new home.

“First and foremost, the Phoenix Suns are not leaving Phoenix,” Sarver said in a video tweeted our by the Phoenix Suns. “I am 100 percent committed and have been for the last four years to find a solution to keep them in downtown Phoenix where they belong. I am a strong proponent as evidence of the term sheet that I signed last week, that we should renovate the Talking Stick Resort Arena and once again restore it to a world-class facility.”

“I am 100 percent all in, in keeping this team right here where we stand, and I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you,” he said.

Talking Stick Resort Arena is the oldest non-renovated arena in the NBA, hosting sports teams, concerts, and other eventsfor 26 years.

Numerous fans come across the state to watch the Suns and Mercury play, as evident by the arena celebrating its 40 millionth guest in November. Talking Stick Resort Arena generates $182 million annually in economic impact to the city of Phoenix, and, according to economist Jim Rounds, is one of the few city building that actually turns a profit.

Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon emphasizes the importance of the arena, noting that not only is it a revenue generator, but employs hundres of employees from entry-level to senior-level. Gordon also believes this is a great benefit for Phoenicians.

It’s a great deal for the taxpayers. Plus, the Suns are great ambassadors for bringing people into town to all the downtown restaurants, hotels, etc. Why we wouldn’t nail this deal down, I don’t know,” he said.

Phoenix City Council will take the renovation deal to a vote on January 23rd.

Morgan Carr

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