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Volume 26 No. 178
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Suns Building New Practice Facility As Part Of $230M Arena Deal

The Suns are "building a practice facility" as part of the $230M deal for renovations to Talking Stick Resort Arena that will be "located within Phoenix city limits with an estimated cost" between $25-50M, according to Duane Rankin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The team's current practice facility is "inside the arena." The Suns "haven't announced a specific location" for the new facility, but they are "hoping to begin construction later this summer." Practice facilities "typically take 18 months or so to complete." Based on that timetable, the Suns' new facility "could be complete" during the '20-21 season. The $25-50M price range for the facility "falls in line with [the] cost of several of the NBA's new practice havens." Meanwhile, the Suns are "still in the planning stages and still must select a general contractor and architect" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/19).