The Phoenix Suns have obtained permits to possibly destroy two historic buildings near their the US Airways Center, and that raises questions about what the city and team are going to do about the 20-year-old arena.
The Suns and the city are currently investing $10 million in the US Airways Center for repairs and improvements, but time will come soon when the team will want a modern arena. With the typical life of an arena being 30 years, the Suns have been in discussions with the mayor's office on long-term goals and plans for updating the current arena or building an entirely new one, according to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal.
The two historical buildings would be demolished to make room for expanding parking. The structures were hotels that were built in 1909 and 1929, and are owned by the Suns. Interested parties in the downtown Warehouse District protest the demolition, and believe the historic buildings should be restored.