#25 – Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix Suns
The Name: It’s more hilarious than sad. On one hand, you have the implication that the arena is made out of millions of sticks, probably bundled together. On the other, you have the blatant connection with gambling, which the NBA wants to simultaneously court and avoid. It’s too bad that the naming rights didn’t happen right when Michael Jordan “retired” the first time because of gambling. 8/10 for comedy
The Aesthetics: What is wrong with purple? The Suns have chosen to turn away from the strongest aspect of their look, instead going for a black-and-orange travesty that gives the stadium a feeling of a jack-o-lantern. Outside, the arena has the look of new money: it’s shiny and reflective, but not very stately.
The Experience: Is the NBA experience complete without enduring a nauseating bathroom? Fans of dozens of NBA teams would say yes, the experience is complete without enduring a nauseating bathroom. But Suns fans will continue to bring hand sanitizer to the arena.
Overview: This has been a sad year for Suns fans, and perhaps a change in arena would do well to wipe the memory.