It has been 16 years since the last renovation to Talking Stick Resort Arena. That is about to change and the Phoenix Suns just released the first rendering of the upcoming renovations.
The home of the Phoenix Suns is about to get an HGTV-style makeover.
The arena has gone by many names in its 27 year history, but it is currently known as Talking Stick Resort Arena. It is a fine arena, but many would agree it is just fine.
The entire building was constructed in 1992 for $89 million and underwent its last major renovation in 2003 at a cost of $67 million.
The upcoming facelift will cost more than both of those projects combined at $230 million, so that should give you an idea about the level of updating on the horizon.
The project is planned to start in the spring of 2020 with the expectation it will be ready for the beginning of the Suns’ 2020-21 season.
Call me burned by every contractor I’ve ever worked with in my life, but that seems like an unrealistic timeline. Expect an around-the-clock crew to work on getting this done in time, but don’t be surprised if fans have to dodge a few power tools and exposed beams for the first part of next season.
I say this is home of the Suns, but of course, they are just the building’s highest profile tenants. It also serves as residence for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and the Arizona Rattlers of Arena Football glory.
And of course, name your favorite musical artist and they have likely found their way here on tour for a night.
The Suns recently revealed the first rendering of Project 201: PHX Reimagined. The 201, if you’re wondering, is in reference to the location’s address: 201 E Jefferson St.
Like any good reveal, the team didn’t give away too much, only giving fans a sneak peek of what is to come, however, there is a lot to be gleaned from one 3D image.
Here are the five things that stuck out to me. I suggest you open this link in a new tab for easy reference and follow along.