Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Office of Community Relations
Published October 9, 2015
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) officially opened the doors to Talking Stick Resort Arena tonight, prior to the Suns’ first preseason home game against the Sacramento Kings.
Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley, SRPMIC President, Delbert Ray Sr., and Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, celebrated the naming rights transition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Talking Stick Resort Arena plaza. Members of the Tribal Council and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community were in attendance for the event, and were the first individuals to enter the facility under its new name.
“The Talking Stick is an emblem of our traditional Pima calendar stick which is used to record significant events that happen for our Community and its members. The Talking Stick Resort Arena name is a nod to this calendar stick,” said Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President, Delbert Ray.
“We want this naming acquisition to be an extension of our branding efforts for the Talking Stick Destination. There is no better partner than the Phoenix Suns to align ourselves with because they are an exceptional organization.”
The name change is evident throughout the venue, with Talking Stick Resort Arena being prominent on the exterior of the building; on the underbelly of the center hung scoreboard; on the arena’s rooftop; and featured on the Suns and Mercury basketball courts. The naming rights agreement builds upon a 15-year relationship between the Community and the Suns.
“As we tip off our 48th season of Suns basketball, we look forward to continuing a tradition of unforgettable moments and events in an arena that now bears the Talking Stick Resort name,” said Suns President Jason Rowley. “Tonight we build upon our historic partnership by opening the doors to Talking Stick Resort Arena, a name which speaks volumes about our respect and appreciation for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, which opened in 1992, has earned a reputation for excellence, having received a prestigious Prime Site Award from Facilities & Event Magazine as well as a Top 30 ranking for North American Arenas from Pollstar. It hosts an average of 130 events each year with a collective annual audience of one million people. Not only is the arena the home of the Phoenix Suns, but also the three-time WNBA world champion Phoenix Mercury. It is also the home field for five-time arena football world champions, the Arizona Rattlers.