EMPIRE OF THE SUNS

Suns unveil progress made on Talking Stick Resort Arena renovations

May 26, 2020, 9:27 PM | Updated: May 27, 2020, 3:10 pm

 

PHOENIX — With masks on and social distancing measures taken, the Phoenix Suns opened Talking Stick Resort Arena’s doors for a peek for the first time since renovations got underway in late April.

Media was given a brief walkthrough on Tuesday of the $230 million renovations that the organization currently plans to complete 60% of by the start of next season.

That included a walk from the pavilion, where the space will open up to a view of the bowl.

Here’s a better look at what that space will look like at the beginning of this video.

“This is actually my second time in the building. I had a chance to see it a few months ago before they officially started construction and I can tell you it’s pretty impressive,” general manager James Jones said.

“What lies behind us is pretty spectacular.”

President and CEO Jason Rowley said the demolition phase is nearly done, with the infrastructure coming in next.

“If you’ve ever remodeled a house, it’s like a really big house [remodeling],” he said.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Rowley said they haven’t hit any major roadblocks thus far and did not need to halt any renovations because of the virus.

“So far, it’s turning out to be exactly what we’re (hoping for),” he said. “Frankly, better. When I first walked in and saw all this stuff down, in my mind, I just said, ‘Wow, I think we’re gonna outkick our coverage here. This is pretty awesome.’”

As the above images show, all the seats are no more, and over 17,000 new cushioned seats will be put in.

About 450 new screens will be installed across the arena, including a new one in the center of the arena that is roughly six times bigger than its previous version.

Plenty more amenities, including what the Suns are calling the most extensive 5G arena in the country, are included in the renovations which you can learn more about here.

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Empire of the Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shields the ball from Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell duri...
Kellan Olson

Suns nearly pull off last-minute rally before falling to Kings at buzzer

The Phoenix Suns continue to struggle to find their form from last season that won them the Western Conference.
14 hours ago
Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holme...
Kellan Olson

Kings’ offensive firepower presents good test for Suns’ recent defensive issues

The Phoenix Suns' defense hasn't been up to par three games into the season and they are hosting a Kings team with lots of offensive skill.
3 days ago
Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of the NBA game against ...
Kellan Olson

Suns can tighten up during lengthy homestand after challenging open to season

The Phoenix Suns get an extended break at home after starting the season with three games in four days and a road back-to-back.
4 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, is defended by Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covingto...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns get pounced on by Blazers in blowout loss

The Suns looked like they were back on the right track after beating the Lakers but they lost that against the Blazers the next night.
6 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game aga...
Kellan Olson

Chris Paul provides ‘jumpstart’ to Suns in bounce-back win over Lakers

Nothing like a little get right game, and that's what the Phoenix Suns got on Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
7 days ago
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., center, is pressured by Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns have uncharacteristic defensive performance vs. Nuggets

The Phoenix Suns made defensive mistakes in bunches against the Denver Nuggets in the loss for the season opener.
7 days ago
Suns unveil progress made on Talking Stick Resort Arena renovations