The Phoenix Suns joined the NBA for the 1968-69 season, and almost immediately experienced success. After winning the rights to ABA star Connie Hawkins, the Suns propelled themselves into the playoffs just their second season in the league. Though the team put together some good seasons in between, the Suns didn’t return to the playoffs until the 1975-76 season, when Phoenix romped all the way to the NBA Finals before falling just short against the Boston Celtics. Through the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s the Suns remained one of the NBA’s elite teams, making eight straight playoff appearances, but never would capture the franchise’s first NBA title. In the late 1980s the Suns again became a perennial threat. Phoenix made the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons, highlighted by a run to the finals in 1993. Seven Suns scored in double figures that season, led by Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and Kevin Johnson, but Phoenix couldn’t knock off Michael Jordan’s Bulls. In the 2000s the Suns again threatened to be tops in the NBA with a strong core of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, but today Phoenix is still without an NBA title. The Suns have retired nine players’ numbers over the course of their history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Phoenix Suns basketball tickets.
2016 Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs for a 5th straight season last year, posting their 2nd losing season in 3 years. But the Suns come into the 2015-16 season with much optimism. In the offseason, Phoenix was able to sign veteran center Tyson Chandler, as well as talented rookie forward T.J. Warren. The additions of Chandler and Warren should help improve the Phoenix Suns front court drastically on both ends of the court. The combination of Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt, should give the Suns the best scoring threat they have had in years, and the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns look to be a contender for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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Phoenix Suns Basketball at Talking Stick Resort Arena Address: 201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004
The Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. When filled to capacity, Talking Stick Resort Arena can hold more than 18 thousand screaming Suns fans. While at a game, look out for Go the Gorilla, the Suns’ popular and enthusiastic mascot. The Phoenix Suns home bench is on the Talking Stick Resort Arena court side in front of section 101. Talking Stick Resort Arena parking information is covered in our Suns event guide.
Suns vs. Spurs
With over 8 playoff meetings dating back to the first round of the 1992 playoffs, these two franchises have established themselves as one of the better rivalries in the NBA. Stars such as a David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Kevin Johnson, and Steve Nash have participated in this rivalry. With the Suns and Spurs constantly meeting in the playoffs, this rivalry has shown no signs of slowing down.
Suns vs. Lakers
Suns vs. Lakers games have been heated at times, but it has also evolved into one of the better matchups in the NBA over the years. A highlight of this rivalry came when the teams met in the 2010 Western Conference Finals. Trash-talk and hard fouls have also been a part of this rivalry and has featured such stars as Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant.
Suns vs. Mavericks
Often considered one of the best rivalries in the league during the mid-2000s, these two teams had many epic battles as they both fought for Western Conference supremacy. The rivalry became bitter when start Steve Nash departed Dallas for the Suns. With both teams in contention on a yearly basis, the rivalry continues to only get better.
Suns in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Suns have established themselves as a consistent playoff performer and with their 5+ division titles and are now one of the more successful franchises in the NBA. Phoenix has won multiple Western Conference Championships and they will only add to that number in the years to come as they continue to add to their resume.
Phoenix Suns Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Suns game?
Doors typically open 90 minutes before game time. Getting to the arena early lets you miss a lot of the lines at the door, and allows you to soak in the atmosphere before the game, grab some nachos and watch your favorite Suns players shoot around.
Where are some good places to eat before a Suns game?
Come basketball season Phoenix erupts with basketball fever. We recommend having your pre-game meal with lots of other Suns fans. Majerie’s Sports Grill is named after and owned by one of the most beloved Suns players of all time and has a menu to suite just about everyone. Another great option is Coach & Willie’s. It is right across the street from Talking Stick Resort Arena and is usually packed with Suns fans. If you are looking for a trendier place, try The Arrogant Butcher. It close to the arena, has a casual atmosphere, and great food. For a more upscale dining experience, try the Compass Room at the Hyatt Regency. It has an unbelievable view of downtown Phoenix and is a truly unique way to relax before game time.
Where is the best place to park at Talking Stick Resort Arena?
There is one large parking garage just to the west of the arena, but it fills up quickly and we recommend purchasing a parking pass if you want to guarantee yourself a spot in this convenient location. For other parking options try looking in-between E Van Buren Street and E Washington Street. There are plenty of parking places in that area, and most of them are reasonably priced. Avoid going to the south of the stadium as the majority of the parking opportunities are directly north to northwest of Talking Stick Resort Arena.