City of Phoenix preparing to vote on $150 million makeover of Suns' arena | Arizona News | Arizona Public Safety Coalition

City of Phoenix preparing to vote on $150 million makeover of Suns’ arena | Arizona News

by dwelch@azfamily.com (Dennis Welch)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Phoenix Suns appear to be on pace to miss the playoffs for the ninth straight year.

But the basketball franchise appears to be on the verge of scoring a big victory next week at Phoenix City Hall.

The City Council is preparing to vote on a deal to renovate the 26-year-old Talking Stick Resort Arena with taxpayer money.

According to numerous sources at the City, the makeover will cost taxpayers in excess of $150 million.

[RELATED: City of Phoenix set to decide whether to sell Sheraton to fund Suns arena face lift]

The team’s lease on the building is nearly up, giving the Suns a chance to opt out and move to a new location.

For the past year, the team has pressured the City for major upgrades.

However, word of the potential deal did not sit well members of the Phoenix police union who think the money could be better spent on beefing up the understaffed police force.

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