As part of an 11-acre complex, including Chase Field, US Airways Center is a popular destination for travelers looking to enjoy the best live sports and performances in the city of Phoenix. Constructed nearly 25 years ago, the arena has hosted a number of popular events in its time, including the 2013 WWE Royal Rumble, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, and concerts by U2 and Depeche Mode. Book a room or suite in hotels near US Airways Center in Phoenix and be close to events like these.
US Airways Center Facts and Figures
US Airways Center, also known as the Purple Palace and the Snake Pit, opened in 1992 on June 6th. Its estimated construction cost was nearly $90 million. Originally it was home to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, and the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. In 2003, the Coyotes moved to the nearby Jobing.com Arena.
In 2003, the arena was expanded to include an air-conditioned glass atrium over the ticketing and northwest lobby areas to help combat the high temperatures and constant sunlight of Phoenix. The renovation cost an estimated $67 million.
The largest capacity for the arena is in its basketball configuration with seating for over 19,000. Its lowest capacity is in its arena football layout, offering room for 15,500 attendees. Popular music and sporting events often sell out the arena, making tickets to the most popular events a commodity. If you plan to attend a headlining event, purchasing tickets well in advance is recommended.
Getting to US Airways Center
Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 form a loop around US Airways Center, making it easy to access by from a number of directions. During major events, parking in the area becomes quite heavy. Allowing for delays of a half-hour or more is recommended.
The location of the arena in Downtown Phoenix, provides a number of additional options as well. Both METRO rail and local bus systems offer multiple service stations in the area. The Third Street/Jefferson LIght Rail Station is located directly across the street while the Central Avenue and Jefferson Street bus stop leaves you less than a block from the arena.
If you are staying in hotels near US Airways Center, check with the front counter or concierge before arranging transportation. Many of the popular hotels in the area offer complimentary scheduled shuttle service to US Airways Center and other popular attractions and businesses in the area. Accounting for the price of parking near the arena, both options offer savings and convenience when compared to driving.
Attractions near US Airways Center
The location of US Airways Center also places a variety of popular attractions just steps away as well. For additional sports action and other events, Chase Field is less than a five-minute walk away.
Phoenix Convention Center North and Phoenix Civic Plaza host events right across the street. The historic Orpheum Theater features shows, comic acts, and other entertainment a short walk east of the arena.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat or nightlife attractions after a game or concert, there is plenty to enjoy ranging from the unique atmosphere of Alice Cooperstown to the potent brews of Starbucks. At the end of that night, you have a comfortable room or suite in a hotel near US Airways Center in Phoenix awaiting you.