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Renovations to Suns’ home well ahead of schedule

It might be awhile before you visit, though.

Seattle Storm v Phoenix Mercury Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

While the Phoenix faithful will be unable to enjoy the upgrades to the Suns’ home formally known as Talking Stick Resort arena, renovations are coming along at a rapid pace ahead of next week’s home opener.

In total, 80% of the work is complete. Another 5% will be finished throughout the season, that includes upgrades to the suite levels and food sections. The last 15% will be taken care of in the offseason, though that work will not impede upon events held in the building.

Among the upgrades:

Arizona’s longest sports bar, 60 feet long

Two LED walls stretching over 7,000 sq feet

A new video board over the court measuring 26 feet tall by 36 feet wide

Two new LED ribbon boards circling the interior of the arena

New court

Theatre lighting

15,100 new seats with cushioning and cupholders

Access to Club River Gila for those seated in the first six rows of the lower bowl

New, wider concourses

New restrooms

And so much more.

Kellan Olson of the Arizona Republic had the opportunity to tour the improved accommodations, and it’s impressive. Be sure to check out Kellan’s article for more detail and a video walkthrough. Here’s a taste:

The Suns kick off the 2020-21 season when they host the Dallas Mavericks on December 23rd. Tip is scheduled for 7:30p PT.