- Address: 201 East Jefferson, Phoenix
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 18,000
- Opened: 6 June 1992
- Main use: Basketball
- Tenants: Phoenix Mercury (basketball), Phoenix Suns (basketball)
Extra stadium info – Footprint Center
The construction costs of the venue, which opened as the America West Arena, were $90 million. It was named after the America West Airlines. The airline acquired the US Airways in 2005. The America West Airlines adopted US Airways as the brand name for the company. The Footprint Center was also known as the US Airways Center, the Talking Stick Resort Arena, the PHX Arena and the Phoenix Suns Arena. The arena was named after the Talking Stick Resort, a luxury hotel and casino resort located in Arizona which opened in 2010.
The Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Suns both use the Footprint Center for home games. The Mercury perform in the Women’s National Basketball Association and the Suns perform in the National Basketball Association. The Phoenix Suns basketball club was founded in 1968. The Phoenix Mercury basketball club was founded in 1997. The Suns moved to the Footprint Center in 1992. The Mercury played their first WNBA home games at the Footprint Center.
The championship round of the NBA
In 1993, the Footprint Center hosted its first three games for the championship round of the NBA. The Suns faced the Chicago Bulls from Illinois in the championship round, which consisted of six games. The Chicago Bulls won four of those six games. On 9 June 1993, the first Footprint Center hosted its first match for the championship series of the NBA. The Bulls won the match in front of a crowd of 19,000.
Stephen John Nash
Stephen John Nash, who was born in the South African city of Johannesburg, played numerous matches for the Phoenix Suns. He also played NBA games for the Dallas Mavericks from Texas and the Los Angeles Lakers from California. Nash became the first basketball player who was born in Africa with 1 million followers on his main social media page. He won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice.