The U.S Airways Center is an entertainment venue formerly known as America West Arena and is located at East Jefferson Street in Phoenix, Arizona. It is approximately three miles away from Phoenix International Airport. There is a five story parking garage attached to the U.S Airways Center with 800 spaces available to suite holders, premium seat owners and the general public and is open throughout the day as well as during events at the center.
The center opened in 1992 to host various sports events, concerts and other family entertainment and has inspired many similar event arenas in the United States ever since. Visitors to the center will be able to see basketball, arena football, ice hockey as well as wrestling, concerts and ice shows. Several sports teams play their home games here including the men and women basketball teams, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.
The arena includes the 14,000 square feet Casino Arizona Pavilion, which serves as a grand entrance highlighted by a large video wall of 12 x 20 feet. On the east side, the Bud Light Paseo is an outdoor entertainment venue covered by a massive canopy the length of a football field, as well as the Bud Light Bar area and a performance stage for music events.
Other features of the center include a 900-foot LED ribbon, a center-hung scoreboard with HDTV screens, a new sound system, a new Courtside Club, Lexus Club and Verve Energy Lounge. The Jungle is a 7,000 square foot family friendly interactive home to the Phoenix Suns Gorilla. The US Airways Center features a Starbucks, an expanded Team Shop and the Toyota Club, which are all located down on street level.
There are a number of different suites available to hire for special corporate events, which are ideal for entertaining clients before, during and after sporting or cultural events. The executive suites lease includes Phoenix Suns basketball, concerts and family shows, along with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury,the Arena Football League Arizona Rattlers, plus Minor League Hockey Phoenix Roadrunners' games. Some of the features of the suites include 12 theater style seats, six bar stools, four lounge chairs, plasma TV screen, wet bar, restrooms and telephones.
There is a Guest Relations desk with staff on hand to answer any questions visitors may have about the services and amenities within the US Airways Center. It is located on the Main Concourse level across from Section 117, in the Northwest corner of the building. Services here include assistive listening devices, booster seats, ticket enquiries, taxi request, wheelchair escorts as well as lost and found.
The center has a no smoking policy and visitors are not allowed to bring food or drinks in to the arena. However, there are concession stands for visitors to purchase snacks and drinks and there are additional portable locations for Phoenix Suns home games as well as some other events. There are other eateries near the center including First Watch, Hanny's and The Sweet Pea Bakery & Catering, which are all less than half a mile away.