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US Airways Center Renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena

Another local stadium's naming rights now belong to a casino.

Maybe our local sports teams owe someone money?

The venue formerly known as US Airways Center will now be called Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced today. The arena serves as home turf for the Suns, Mercury, the Arizona Rattlers and a slew of A-list concerts, like Paul McCartney and Black Keys.

See also: 11 New Sponsor Ideas for US Airways Center

Maricopa County's casinos are well represented on stadiums and concert venues. We've got Ak-Chin Pavilion (capacity 20,000), Gila River Arena (capacity 18,300), and now Talking Stick Resort Arena (capacity 18,422). Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark, capacity 49,033) and University of Phoenix Stadium (63,400) the remaining hold-out of all the major sports stadiums.

Make sure you bring cash when you buy beer at the newly named arena. We don't want anyone's knees being broken.

We're just bummed the powers that be didn't go with any of our suggestions. We thought Alice Cooperstadium had a nice ring to it.

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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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