US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona


US Airways has had their name on a few different Arenas in the past. A current arena is the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It used to be called America West, but the merger with US Airways caused a name change. The arena is next to Chase Field and it opened in 1992. The City of Phoenix owns the stadium, but it is run by the Phoenix Arena Development LP. Construction costs were $90 million with Ellerbe Becket as the Architects. The facility is located on 201 East Jefferson.

The facility is home to the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers, and Phoenix Mercury. They are NBA, AFL, and WNBA teams respectively. The center used to host the Arizona Sandsharks CISL team, Phoenix Coyotes NHL team, and Phoenix Roadrunners ECHL team. As a multipurpose center ice shows, concerts, professional wrestling, and sporting events are offered there. The exterior decor of the building has given rise to the nickname of the Purple Palace. It was also called the Snake Pit because of the Rattlers.

Three games of the NBA Finals in `93' between the Suns and Bulls were hosted at the arena. Also, the WNBA finals, Arena Bowl games, and NBA All Star Games have been at the center. Upcoming events include Kristi Yamaguchi and Friends with the Backstreet Boys lending live music, Fame Kills, and Jeff Dunham. Women of Faith, AC/ DC, 1st Annual Tequila Fest, and New Disney Live will also have shows in 2009 at the US Airways Center. For Christmas the Christmas Mariachi Festival will be coming back. For 2009 this will be the 18th annual festival, so it will also be returning in the next few years. Another special event coming soon is the Toby Mac's Winter Wonder Slam. Each year US Airways Center Arena attempts and often succeeds at having some of the more popular performers come to their facility.

Parking at the center is highly convenient, with 900 parking spaces in a garage and another 1500 spaces in a garage nearby. Parking will become available a few hours before the event starts. An hour prior to the event the center will allow ticket holders inside. For those who wish better seats or need more room there are 87 luxury suites and some club seating available for purchase. The suites are located on the mid level concourses. There are also six party suites. Unlike some of the arenas in the United States the US Airways Center will allow re-entry for individuals who have tickets.

The egg shaped arena has numerous concessions at various levels. Food and beverages typically found at events will be provided. For instance hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken dishes, fries, popcorn, cotton candy, and peanuts are all part of the fare. Beverages can consist of beer, wine, soda, lemonade, bottled water, and snow cones. On each level there will be food with some of the stands operated by the same companies. At club levels there are private restaurants for the ticket holders.

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