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Arizona Central CU teams up with Suns, Mercury

Arizona Central Credit Union has announced the signing of a multi-year marketing partnership agreement with the Phoenix Suns and Mercury basketball teams.  The NBA and WNBA teams play home games at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.  Also headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona Central Credit Union serves more than 55,000 members across Arizona with locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Show Low.

“We can’t think of better organizations to partner with than these two community favorites – and very community-minded – basketball teams,” said Todd Pearson, President and CEO of Arizona Central Credit Union.  According to Pearson, the partnership will include special promotions and events that focus on efforts important to both organizations, such as ‘Get Fit’ nights and even a home mortgage giveaway.

“We’ll also be announcing joint events that bring together the Phoenix Suns’ Gorilla, one of the more famous mascots in the NBA, and Molly & Moe, the official mascots of our Monkey Money savings program created especially for kids 12 years old and younger,” Pearson said.  In addition to Monkey Money, which helps kids learn early the importance of saving, Arizona Central also sponsors community events throughout the year, sending employees out to local charities to provide helping hands with projects.

Through the combined efforts of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns Charities, more than $15 million has been invested in the community through monetary and autographed item donations, benefitting hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout Arizona.

Both organizations indicated that specifics of the sponsorship and details on special events will be announced at a later date before the new NBA season starts this fall.

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Things to do this week: Bacon Festival, Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids at Marquee Theatre
With the month and week coming to an end, head over to the Marquee Theatre to catch the Cold War Kids. A lively rock band, the group’s songs revolve around honesty and human experience. The band has been going strong for ten years and recently released their fifth album this past October.  Singer and songwriter Elliot Moss will open the show. If you can’t catch them Thursday at the Marquee, the band will play another show at the Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff Friday night.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, February 26, $25

Bacon Festival
The America Loves Bacon Festival is an event that travels around the nation to celebrate one of America’s favorite things―bacon. Vendors will offer multiple bacon creations for the masses. Entertainment will include a number of local bands such as Jared and the Mill and Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers. celebrity Chef Brian Duffy of Bar Rescue will also make an appearance for demonstrations. In addition, there will be contests including bacon eating competitions and the 2015 South Carolina Bacon Off.
Rawhide Wild West Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, February 28, $20-$60

Lights, Camera, Murder!
Murder Ink Production puts on an interactive dinner murder mystery. The scene is set to the class reunion for Prickly Pear Prep’s class of 1968. Dinner features an Italian buffet, cocktails, and the chance to mingle with characters. Guests will have a chance to take part in the thrilling tale as a character of their own.
Fazio’s Catering Hall, 700 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, February 28, $45

Annual Honor Walk
The annual Honor Walk and 5K run honors active and veteran service members. The event will benefit local organizations that service veterans. This is the biggest fundraising event for the Honor Walk foundation. The walk will start and end at US Airways Center with a stop at the Wesley Bolin Plaza. In addition, the event will feature a vintage military aircraft fly over, color guards, and a replica of the USS Arizona.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, March 1, $40

Beauty to the RESCUE
The 15th annual Beauty to the RESCUE features a partnership between Mane Attraction Salon and nonprofit animal rescue organization RESCUE to fundraise for pets. The salon has set a goal of fundraising $20,000 to help find homes for the animals that are dropped off every year. For a minimum donation, anyone can take part in a day of pampering including haircuts, blowouts, and a deep conditioning masque. BBQ will be provided by Bobby-Q. The event will feature vendors, chair massages and other health services.
Mane Attraction Salon, 3156 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, March 1, Donation suggested: $10-$75

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US Airways Center will now be Talking Stick Resort Arena

The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced today that US Airways Center — the home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers, as well as the Valley’s premier concert venue – is poised to take on a new name, Talking Stick Resort Arena, under an agreement reached between the two parties.

“Like Talking Stick Resort, this venue has become an iconic destination for entertainment in Arizona,” said President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the owner and operator of Talking Stick Resort. “Thousands of families and individuals have created long-lasting memories at this venue which makes its new name, ‘Talking Stick Resort Arena,’ all the more meaningful. We have a shared commitment with the Phoenix Suns in building a sense of community in the Valley and we are honored to help them provide a place for so many people to gather and celebrate.”

The naming rights agreement for the downtown venue is a multi-year deal that builds substantially on the existing agreement between the two parties. The name change will be visible throughout the facility, 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 Casino Arizona Pavilion – the arena’s main lobby area – will retain its name. Additional details on the provisions of the naming rights agreement will be released as the transition begins.

“We could not be more excited about our expanded relationship with Talking Stick Resort,” said Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley. “Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona has been a trusted and valued partner of the Phoenix Suns for many years. This naming rights agreement brings our partnership to a new level and will have an astral impact on the visibility of their support for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the entire community.”

“This is an exciting day for Phoenix, and another example of what an incredible partner the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is for all of us,” said City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We welcome the new name and look forward to the day when a Suns championship banner hangs from the rafters at Talking Stick Resort Arena.”

American Airlines, the current naming rights partner and owner of US Airways, has fulfilled all of its obligations and elected not to extend its naming rights agreement beyond the 2014-15 season. The facility’s naming transition to Talking Stick Resort Arena, from US Airways Center, is expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns season.

US Airways Center, 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.

In the past year, the arena has welcomed blockbuster acts such as Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, adding to its long list of legendary performances from U2, George Strait and Garth Brooks as well as many others. Upcoming events include the UFC’s first-ever visit to Arizona in December, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Church with Dwight Yoakam, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, and Bette Midler. The arena also is known for its family content and is the host site each year for Disney on Ice, Marvel Adventure and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Phoenix Suns operate and manage all aspects of US Airways Center under a long term agreement with the City of Phoenix, which owns the facility.

Talking Stick Resort is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination. Talking Stick Resort is locally owned and proudly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 sq. ft. property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe guest rooms, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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Phoenix Suns, Skrillex, a film festival + more to do this weekend

10/8: Phoenix Suns vs. Rio de Janeiro Flamengo

After barely missing the playoffs last season, the Suns are opening the 2014 preseason against the Rio de Janeiro Flamengo. The Flamengo Basketball team is one of the most successful in Brazil, and the game should be a good kickoff for the Suns preseason.

US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $10-$125 


10/9: Skrillex

The EDM artist and DJ has picked up six Grammy awards during his time as a solo artist, including awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. Special guests A$AP Ferg, Branchez and David Heartbreak are joining Skrillex for the Mesa concert.

Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Thursday, Oct. 9, Doors open at 4 p.m., show at 4:30 p.m., $38.50-$60 


10/9: Scottsdale International Film Festival Opening Night

The Scottsdale International Film Festival is now in its 13th year, and will be screening 40 different feature films as well as some short films. The festival is beginning with William H. Macy’s Rudderless at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, but all other film screenings will be at Harkins Shea.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 Second St, Scottsdale, Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., more information


10/10-11: Arizona Dance Festival

Over 20 dance troupes, mainly from the Phoenix area but some from around the nation, are hitting the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts to showcase their talents. Dances from tap to jazz and ballet to hip-hop will be featured in the two evenings of the festival.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., $18 adult, $15 senior, $13 student


10/10-11: Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho has been performing for nearly two decades, since her first album came out in 1996. Cho is known for openly discussing personal issues laced with profanity. Outside of stand-up, Cho was in Dancing with the Stars and guest-starred on the sitcom 30 Rock as Kim Jong-Il.

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $ 30


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Linkin Park, Steve-O, a taco fest + more to do

9/10: Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars

The Carnivores Tour is stopping by US Airways Center with Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI for a show that’ll take many a Phoenician back to the height of emo and male eyeliner. The tour is meant to support Linkin Park’s sixth album and Thirty Seconds to Mars’ fourth album, with a dynamic Davey Havok-fronted AFI opening for the two bands. The crowd should be pretty rabid, given the hometown cred Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington’s current residential status.

US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 10, doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6:30 p.m., $95 to $332


9/11-14: Steve-O

Taking a break from his usual stunts and pranks, Steve-O of “Jackass” fame is coming back through Phoenix for some stand-up. Clean, sober and vegan since 2008, Steve-O’s jokes and stories about his life vary widely from the stunt-loving skateboarder that most people are familiar with.

Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 and 10 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., 18 & older, two-drink minimum, $22  


9/12: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

In honor of 9/11, a remembrance ceremony will be held the day after the 13th anniversary of the tragedy. Events will include an opening ceremony by State Veterans of Foreign Wars, an illuminated walk, folding of the flag and Honors Guard Taps. First responders and veterans will be honored during the event as well.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek, Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., $6 per vehicle park entrance fee


9/13: El Palacio’s Rockin’ Taco Street Fest

The third annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is taking over Chandler with margaritas, tacos, a salsa competition, live entertainment and more. With chances to win a vacation get away in a raffle, play beach games, and more family fun, the street fest is a good time for the whole family and all your taste buds.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, Saturday, Sept. 13, 4-10 p.m., $5 general, 12 & under free, food and drink sold separately


9/12-19: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This Tony-winning improv sketch that was turned into a musical gives a glimpse into the competitive and overachieving world of spelling bees. With some audience participation, this show is bound to captivate audiences with its witty portrayal of over-achieving competitive spellers.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, Sept. 12 to19, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m., $20


US Airways Center will be getting a name change

It looks like the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury won’t be playing in US Airways Center next season.

The Arizona Republic reports that American Airlines, which merged with US Airways, will not renew the naming rights with the expectation that the US Airways named will be phased out. US Airways’ 10-year contract, which began in 2005 after the merger of America West Airlines and US Airways, runs through Oct. 2015, but the airlines say the Phoenix Suns, which manages the arena, have the option to seek a new sponsor before then, the Republic report said.

US Airways Center opened in 1992 and is the home of the Suns, Mercury and Arizona Rattlers. The arena was known from its opening until 2006 as America West Arena, with naming rights having been sold to Tempe-based America West Airlines. In 2005, America West purchased rival carrier US Airways and assumed its name, with the naming rights agreement carried with it. The venue adopted its current name in 2006 after a rebranding, and is the second arena that US Airways has owned the naming rights for after Washington, DC’s Capital Centre, which was known as US Airways Arena from 1996 until 1997 after the company, which had been known as USAir prior to that, rebranded.

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Lady Gaga and other spectacles to see this weekend

July is shortly coming to an end, so why not end it with a bang? Party it up at Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball. Watch in awe as Slash rocks on his guitar. Enjoy all things dino at Phoenix Dinocon. Spend your morning alongside your most loyal companion at the Dog Days of Summer. Dance the evening away with your kids while listening to kid-friendly pop hits. Without a doubt, you’ll have a blast this week!

7/30 Lady Gaga’s ARTRAVE- The ARTPOP Ball
Calling all of Lady Gaga’s little monsters! The pop queen is invading U.S. Airways Center! With multi-platinum hits, such as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way” and “You and I,” Gaga is bound to put on a pop-music spectacle. The ARTPOP Ball tour is in support of her album released last year, “ARTPOP.”
US Airways Center, 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix. Wednesday, July 30. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200

8/1 Slash
The top-hatted guitarist from Guns N’ Roses is making a come back with his band the Conspirators. Best recognized during his GnR days and for such hits as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” Slash has kept busy fronting for Snakepit and performing alongside Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd., Salt River Reservation . Friday, Aug. 1. 8 p.m. $60-$100

8/2 Phoenix Dinocon
Relive those fond memories of when you aspired to become a paleontologist as a child and enjoy all things dino at Phoenix Dinocon. From dinosaur-inspired arts and crafts to dinosaur-themed panels and discussions, you won’t want to miss this Jurassic Party!
Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N Third St., Phoenix . Saturday, Aug. 2. 2:30 p.m. $5

8/2 Dog Days of Summer
Grab your fur baby and pay tribute to Valley service dogs at the annual Dog Days of Summer celebration! The event will feature educational seminars, photo booths and mobile vet service to ensure your pooch is in tiptop shape. Don’t forget to treat your mutt to cool treat from Frosty Paws!
Murphy Park, 7010 N 58th Ave., Glendale . Saturday, Aug. 2. 7-10 a.m. Free

8/3 Kidz Bop
Parents, get ready to dance and sing along with your kids at this interactive musical experience! Known for their kid-friendly renditions of popular hits, Kidz Bop’s latest production is “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” tour. This high-energy performance will have you partying like a pop star with your family.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa . Sunday, Aug. 3. 5 p.m. $25-$95

Ron Shurts, Rattlers owner, Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, and Louis J. Manuel, Jr., Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman.

Rattlers partner with Ak-Chin Community

The Arizona Rattlers announced a major multi-year partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community that includes naming rights on the Rattlers home field at US Airways Center.

“We are proud to partner with the Ak-Chin Indian Community,” said Rattlers majority owner Ron Shurts. “It is an honor to not only support this tribal community but to join our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others through our community initiatives.”

Highlighting the partnership is the renaming of the Rattlers home field to “Ak-Chin Indian Community Field.” The new logo will be featured midfield and measures 40-feet long. Governor Jan Brewer was on hand at Saturday’s news conference to help announce the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Arizona Rattlers’ commitment to supporting the Children’s Heart Gallery, an organization dedicated to using the work of photographers to help older children in foster care find adoptive parents. Ak-Chin Indian Community will be donating 150 tickets to the Children’s Heart Gallery for each game during the remainder of the 2014 season.

“We are looking forward to the possibilities this continued partnership with the Arizona Rattlers will bring to our Community,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “Our commitment to the community matches that of the Rattlers and we appreciate the multiple opportunities our children will be able to participate in over the next three years.”

The Rattlers will once again utilize its assets to serve the Ak-Chin Indian Community with an emphasis on supporting its youth and education.

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury.

The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury President Jason Rowley, Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Casino Arizona’s Senior Director of Marketing Peter Arceo, during a press conference inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center.

Highlighting the partnership is the appearance of the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logo across the front of the Phoenix Mercury home and away jerseys, as well as on the team’s warm-ups. With the deal, the Mercury remains one of five WNBA teams with a corporate-branded jersey, after becoming the first team in WNBA history to sign a marquee partnership in 2009.

“The Phoenix Mercury is thrilled to announce our new marquee sponsorship with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Mercury President, Jason Rowley.  “Having served as the presenting partner for the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA Championship run, Casino Arizona has been a loyal supporter of women’s basketball and we are excited to take that collaboration to an unprecedented level.”

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort’s logo will also be featured on the Phoenix Mercury’s home court at US Airways Center, and incorporated into the team’s official logo. Images of the court and logo are attached. The new co-branded logo will appear on Mercury tickets and other collateral.

“The partnership between Casino Arizona and the Phoenix Mercury is truly an obvious fit,” said Peter Arceo, Senior Director of Marketing for Casino Arizona. “We both provide the ultimate entertainment in our respective fields. We are proud to be a part of all the excitement the Mercury will bring this season and beyond.”

In addition to marquee placement on player jerseys and on-court logo recognition, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort will receive brand exposure on the team’s website, in-arena signage and throughout various in-game promotions. During each Friday and Saturday home game, one lucky Mercury fan will compete in the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout for the opportunity to win up to $77,777.

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The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Starring Beyoncé, Coming to Phoenix

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, starring Beyoncé, is extending its successful global run with additional dates – Phoenix included, of course. The tour dates will include performances in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and over a dozen US cities including a stop in Phoenix at US Airways Center on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Put on your alarm and time your phone for Ticketmaster alerts, because tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m., NEXT MONDAY, July 1 at ticketmaster.com, the US Airways Center box office or at 1-800-745-3000.  The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation Global Touring and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, kicks off on Friday, June 28 in Los Angeles.

With its explosive special effects and intricate, strobe-laden light show, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is an artistic triumph and the entertainer’s most ambitious undertaking to date. It is bigger in scope than any of her previous shows, fittingly designed for the vastness of arenas and stadiums. For an exclusive look at this spectacular live show featuring footage from the European leg in broadcast quality format click here.

Huge fan? A special pre-sale for registered members of Beyoncé’s BeyHive Blog will begin at 10:00AM/EDT in select markets on Wednesday, June 26. Fans can go to Beyonce.com to sign up for the chance to be the first to purchase tickets. In addition, MasterCard pre-sales start Thursday, June 27 at 10:00AM/EDT in select markets.

And yes, we’re excited.

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US Airways Center Relaunches Website

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, US Airways Center has relaunched its official website (USAirwaysCenter.com) and is hosting a sweepstakes to give away 20 prizes to visitors of the site.

Between now and July 14, visitors to USAirwaysCenter.com may enter to win ringside seats to WWE’s “Money in the Bank” on July 15, or tickets to see The Fray and Kelly Clarkson on Aug. 1, Jason Mraz on Oct. 2, or Disney’s Phineas & Ferb LIVE in October. Additional prizes include tickets to the Phoenix Suns’ 2012 home opener, as well as autographed memorabilia from Suns players such as Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye, and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi.

“We decided to break the mold of the traditional venue website,” explained general manager of Sports and Entertainment Services, Ralph Marchetta. “It’s not just about tickets anymore. We want this to become a destination site for sports, music and entertainment fans.”

The new-look website includes information on all the upcoming events at US Airways Center, which first opened its doors on June 6, 1992, but also features a visitor’s guide of downtown Phoenix and unique editorial content. Online guests will enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, photo galleries from events throughout the year, desktop wallpaper from past shows, insider blogs, social media updates and interviews with select performers.

Visit the US Airways Center website at USAirwaysCenter.com. It is also accessible via mobile smart phones and tablets.

Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod Inducted

Suns Induct MacLeod Into Ring Of Honor

Former Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod, was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor, the club’s highest achievement, during halftime of Wednesday’s Suns-Thunder game.

MacLeod coached the Suns from 1973 – 1987, and remains the winningest head coach in franchise history, having tallied 579 victories during his tenure. Only five coaches in NBA history have won more games with a single team.

“The Phoenix Suns are proud to induct John MacLeod into the Suns Ring of Honor,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver. “Coach MacLeod played an instrumental role in our organization’s legacy of success, so it’s only appropriate to put his name up alongside the other Suns legends.”

The induction ceremony took place at halftime with “The Voice of the Phoenix Suns,” Al McCoy serving as emcee. Ring of Honor members were on hand for the ceremony, which featured comments from Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams, with MacLeod’s family and friends nearby. Throughout the night former colleagues, players and friends also paid tribute to MacLeod with video messages.

As fans entered US Airways Center, they were able to write a personal message to MacLeod, in addition to enjoying photos and memorable moments of the honoree during his tenure with the Suns.

MacLeod led the 1976 Suns to one of the team’s two NBA Finals appearances, and still holds Suns coaching records for NBA Playoffs appearances (9) and playoff victories (37). MacLeod’s 707 career coaching victories place him as one of the NBA’s Top 20 all-time wins leaders.

MacLeod joins twelve other Ring of Honor members (Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal).

Fans interested in leaving comments or well wishes for Coach John MacLeod can do so by logging on to Suns.com/MacLeod.

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Kimpton Palomar Hotel Set To Open June 5

The countdown is on for the opening of the 242-room Kimpton Palomar Hotel at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix.

The 225,000 SF boutique hotel at 2 E. Jefferson St. is scheduled to open June 5, company officials said yesterday during a hard hat tour of the property.

The Kimpton will occupy 10 floors in the second tower of CityScape. Of its 242 rooms, 116 will be deluxe rooms, including 16 suites and 12 studio rooms. There will be a 1,400 SF presidential suite and a 900 SF junior presidential suite. The 520 SF studio rooms will include soaking tubs in the bathrooms.

It will also include 10,000 SF of flexible meeting space, 2,700 SF of pre-function space and 10 meeting rooms, including a high-tech boardroom for 15 guests. The 6,000 SF pool deck and pool bar area will be available for private functions.

The new hotel will also feature a signature restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

The hotel’s rooms offer views of South Mountain, Chase Field and US Airways Center. The pool deck area also overlooks Downtown Phoenix.

The Kimpton Palomar plans to hire 150 employees once it opens, and officials said that number could rise to 250 in the future. (For information on a job fair, visit kimptonhotels.com).

Kimpton, headquartered in San Francisco, owns 55 properties across the U.S. The Palomar, Kimpton’s lifestyle boutique brand, is in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Hunt Construction Co. is the general contractor and Callison is the architect.

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Phoenix Suns Host ‘APS Green Night’ Against Lakers

The atmosphere at US Airways Center always feels a little different when the Phoenix Suns host the Los Angeles Lakers. There is a sense of passion, excitement and energy that only occurs when a long-time rival such as the Lakers comes to town.

It will be no different on Saturday, April 7, except for the energy. Not the energy from the fans or the players, but the kind powering the arena. One hundred percent of the electricity used at US Airways Center during Saturday night’s Suns-Lakers matchup will come from renewable energy provided by Arizona Public Service.

Phoenix Suns “APS Green Night” is being held in conjunction with NBA Green Week 2012, a league initiative running April 4-11 encouraging fans to “Go Green.” Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., with doors scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m.

Throughout the game, the Phoenix Suns and APS will communicate “Green Tips” both in-arena and during the Suns TV and radio broadcasts, in addition to giving away 1,000 compact florescent light bulbs (CFL’s) to two lucky ticket sections.

APS and the Phoenix Suns will also celebrate the newly dedicated APS SunsPowered Solar Structure, a 227-killowatt solar system located on the roof of the US Airways Center parking garage. The APS-owned system utilizes 966 solar panels, covers approximately 17,000 square feet and produces 378,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each year – enough to power 20 game days each season for the Suns.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Suns-Lakers matchup on Saturday night. Fans can purchase theirs today at Suns.com or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX.