PHOENIX SUNS

Suns to play at ‘Madhouse on McDowell’ if NBA season returns

Mar 31, 2020, 10:14 AM | Updated: 12:36 pm
A photo of Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Phoenix Mercury/Facebook)...
A photo of Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Phoenix Mercury/Facebook)
(Phoenix Mercury/Facebook)

The Phoenix Suns plan to play the rest of the 2019-20 home schedule at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum if the NBA regular season resumes, the Suns said in a team memo.

The move to the “Madhouse on McDowell” would allow for the Suns to resume the $230 million renovations on Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Veterans Memorial Coliseum will already be prepped for professional basketball, as the Phoenix Mercury were scheduled to move into the Suns’ old home for the 2020 season due to the arena renovations.

The NBA franchise last played at The Madhouse on McDowell on May 11, 1992, while facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the playoffs.

The Suns had six regular season games left on the schedule before the NBA season was postponed on March 11 amid coronavirus precautions. Phoenix was set to host Minnesota, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The $230 million-plus project to update Talking Stick Resort Arena was expected to go full-bore the day after the season ended, be it April 15 at the end of the regular season or after the last playoff game had the Suns made a run into contention.

The team was already involved in demo work and outside upgrades to their home with the expectation that 70% of the arena will be upgraded by the 2020-21 season that starts this October.

The Suns’ practice facility located on 44th Street and Camelback Road was previously expected to be up and running by summertime.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Bill Russell, left, star of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach afte...
Kevin Zimmerman

NBA retires No. 6 jerseys, to add jersey patch honoring late Bill Russell

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is the first to be retired across the NBA. Players will wear the patch on the shoulders this year.
3 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of Game One of the Western Confere...
Kevin Zimmerman

ESPN’s NBA staff still mighty high on 2022-23 Phoenix Suns

If you were wondering why the Suns have attacked the offseason with tinkering, it might be time to remember the past two full seasons.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
4 days ago
Kevin Durant attends "NYC Point Gods" premiere at Midnight Theatre on July 26, 2022 in New York Cit...
Dan Bickley

Kevin Durant’s exit could get messy for Nets, maybe Suns, too

By my calculations, there is only one way Durant lands in Phoenix. There must be a second act of petulance even worse than the first.
5 days ago
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket as Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns defe...
Arizona Sports

Report: Kevin Durant tells Nets owner to pick him or coach, GM

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reportedly met with team owner Joe Tsai in London on Saturday and reiterated his trade request.
6 days ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
6 days ago
Suns to play at ‘Madhouse on McDowell’ if NBA season returns