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Phoenix releases breakdown of estimated costs for proposed renovations to Talking Stick Resort Arena

PHX to vote on $150M for Suns arena renovation
Posted at 4:05 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 21:35:56-05

PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix released a breakdown of costs Thursday for proposed renovations to Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers, as well as a number of concerts and other events each year.

The total cost of requested repairs and upgrades to the arena comes to $234.9 million. The Phoenix City Council will vote on the proposed renovations Wednesday.

The city held five public meetings to discuss the proposed upgrades and released a summary of public comments from those meetings Thursday.

Here's a breakdown of estimated costs. Go here for more details.

$99.58 million: Maintenance for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and communication systems. This includes brand-new pipe, fittings, insulation, valves and instrumentation, upgraded digital control systems, a new LED lighting system, a replacement of outdated communication systems, new plumbing fixtures, new sewer lines and new rainwater drain systems. The city says it would fund the majority of these expenses.

$26.37 million: Replacements for worn-out and non-working furniture, fixtures and equipment throughout the arena, along with new arena artwork, and repairs to food service areas and food service equipment for over 30 arena concession stands.

$18.65 million: Technology and security upgrades, including CCTV security system upgrades and a new multi-function video board, ribbon board and digital control room.

$17.63 million: Enhancements to the exterior wall and building envelope that will, in the city's words, "improve building efficiency and enhance the architecture and streetscape appeal of the facility."

$14.81 million: Improvements to lower- and upper-level seating areas, including resurfacing and recoating of stairs and platforms, replacement of damaged seats, new hallways and entrances to seating sections, and a widening of the concourse in the corners of the arena in order to provide views of the event floor.

$13.17 million: Improvements to locker rooms, VIP and premium spaces, and repurposing of the current practice courts in order to free up space for storage and circulation.

$11.67 million: New and repaired elevators and escalators throughout the arena.

$9.8 million: Main concourse improvements, including an expansion of the concourse to create more space, more concession stands, and improved circulation in order to make loading and unloading easier.

$7.21 million: Improvements to Lower Suite Level A, which includes club upgrades, improved circulation and back-of-house spaces. The Suns would pay for these improvements.

$5.01 million: Roof and structural upgrades.

$4.88 million: Improvements to the upper concourse, including widening of the concourse in order to improve circulation, which will improve access to seating, concession stands and restrooms. Also, new concession stands and storage improvements in the upper concourse.

$4.21 million: Improvements to Upper Suite Level B, including access, storage and circulation enhancements. The Suns would pay for these improvements.

$1.91 million: New signage and graphics, including "enhanced wayfinding, advertising, and other patron communications improvements throughout the arena."

If approved, the Suns will also build an off-site practice facility in Phoenix, at an estimated cost of $25-$50 million, in order to free up space at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Suns would be required to pay for the facility.