US Airways Center

US Airways Center is a dazzling sports and entertainment arena that can be found in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. It is here where the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association play their home games, and those who want to catch some basketball while in town can also keep the Phoenix Mercury in mind. The Mercury is the city's WNBA team. Phoenix Suns tickets are especially hard to get, in which case those who want to get a look inside the venue while watching a basketball game might have better luck with a WNBA game. Arena football games and mid-level hockey games also take place at this downtown arena, so sports enthusiasts won't be limited to basketball games when it comes to the schedule of events.

The US Airways Center usually goes crazy when the Suns play their home games. While some of the Phoenix Suns tickets are relatively affordable, they all tend to go fast. Planning ahead is recommended when trying to secure Phoenix Suns tickets, and if nothing else, visiting the box office at least one day before a game might result in something. While last-minute tickets are available for Phoenix Suns games, they usually come at a premium. In other words, they can get expensive. As for the Suns season, it gets underway in the fall and lasts well into the spring, offering numerous opportunities to catch a home game.

In addition to Suns games and other sporting events, the US Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix also hosts ice skating performances, big ticket concerts, and other events. The center can also be used for private events, with the onsite Casino Arizona Pavilion being one of the city's most popular private events venues.

Whether you are attending a game or another kind of event at the US Airways Center, the experience is likely to be a good one. Visitors can always do some shopping on the side at the team shops, or enjoy some nightlife at the onsite bars and clubs. There's also the 6,400-square-foot APS Gorilla Green House, which is essentially an interactive playground for families and kids.

On any given week, something is going on at the US Airways Center, and for sports fans, it is worth noting that Chase Field is close by. In fact, it can essentially be found right next door. Chase Field is where Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks play, and as is true of the Airways Center, it is a dazzling sports venue.

Some good hotels can be found near the US Airways Center and Chase Field for those who want to stay close to the action, not to mention be within easy reach of all of the other great downtown attractions. These hotels include the Wyndham Phoenix Hotel and the Hyatt Regency, both of which offer excellent rooms and a considerable amount of amenities.

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