December 02, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) Two Phoenix-area tribes have purchased naming rights for US Airways Center.

The downtown facility, home of the Phoenix Suns, will be called Talking Stick Resort Arena. The name change is to be completed by the start of the Suns' 2015-16 season.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community operates Talking Stick Resort, a casino-hotel-restaurant complex on the outskirts of north Scottsdale.

The building was known as America West Arena when it opened in 1992. It became US Airways Center in 2006 when US Airways and America West Airlines merged.

The name change will mean both major Phoenix-area arenas are named for casinos. Glendale's Jobing.com Arena, home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, recently announced it's changing its name to Gila River Arena, named for the Gila River Casinos.

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