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Phoenix Suns Arena Discussions Taking Place

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Discussions about the Phoenix Suns arena situation are continuing, as the Phoenix City Council will consider the issue in an executive session Wednesday. 

The Suns currently play at downtown Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena, a venue that originally opened in 1992. In the summer of 2017, the Suns indicated that they would pursue a major renovation to Talking Stick Resort Arena, but no agreement has ever been reached. Although the team has a 40-year lease with the city for the arena, the agreement contains a clause that allows the Suns to opt out of the deal in 2022 if the venue is deemed obsolete.

While no firm plans have plans for a new or renovated arena have emerged to this point, the Phoenix City Council held an executive session discussing the situation last week. The arena will once again be discussed in an executive session–a type of meeting typically limited to the city council and certain city officials–on Wednesday, but many details remain unknown. More from the Arizona Republic:

Phoenix spokeswoman Julie Watters confirmed that the arena is a topic in executive session Wednesday, “as it has been in the past.” She said details are confidential.

“The city considers the arena an important asset to the downtown and values its 25-year relationship with the Suns,” Watters said in a statement.

Suns spokesman Casey Taggatz declined to comment about discussions with the city.

Talking Stick Resort Arena is currently the fifth-oldest arena in the NBA. Some of the venues that predate it–including Minnesota’s Target Center and Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena–recently underwent major renovations.

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