Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Phoenix council postpones vote on Suns arena renovation

Phoenix council postpones vote on Suns arena renovation

According to The Arizona Republic, team owner Robert Sarver is threatening Phoenix city officials with a move to Seattle or Las Vegas if Talking Stick Resort Arena is not renovated.

Currently, the Suns' arena contract with the city runs through 2032, but the team could opt out as soon as 2022 if certain criteria are met.

The Phoenix Suns are playing in an 26-year-old arena and asking for a more modern home to play their games in.

The Suns' facility, Talking Stick Resort Arena, opened in 1992 as America West Arena. That year also saw the building's National Hockey League tenants, the Arizona Coyotes, moved to Gila River Arena, in nearby Glendale, Ariz. The Phoenix City Council postponed a vote on the arena deal Wednesday, reportedly because it was unpopular in polls and didn't have the required votes to pass in the council chambers.

Still, the arena deal reportedly had three confirmed "no" votes, with one more dissenting vote set to scuttle the project.

"While I have always supported efforts to strengthen and maintain our economy, I must hold true to the value I place on making sure people are informed and heard", he continued, sounding like a guy who is going to vote no.

Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns takes notes inside the lottery room during the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery at the New York Hilton in New York, New York.

Mayor Thelda Williams would like to host two community meetings to gain feedback before the council makes a decision. In total, the renovations would cost $230 million with Sarver spending $80 million of his own money in the deal. "Our priority remains being in Downtown Phoenix long term, and we're excited about the opportunity that lies ahead".

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