City council vote on Suns arena renovation proposal delayed until January

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The proposed renovation "will include significant fix and replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure" for the arena, which the Suns have called home since the 1992-93 National Basketball Association season. He basically told me the team will go [if they don't get a renovated arena].

The Phoenix City Council was in line to vote on a proposal in which the city would pay $150 million of a renovation plan for Talking Stick Resort Arena, with the Suns to chip in $80 million. "The arena and the Suns play a vital role to our downtown economy", he wrote, sounding like a guy who is going to vote yes.

"Whether they get a continuance or not could mark the beginning of a showdown between the city and Suns owner Robert Sarver, who is telling some council members that he will take the team to Seattle or Las Vegas".

Still, the arena deal reportedly had three confirmed "no" votes, with one more dissenting vote set to scuttle the project.

Sarver, 57, purchased the Suns for $401 million in 2004.

He also threatened to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas, two very popular locations owners like to use as a bargaining chip in arena deals, via Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic.

The Suns agreed to a 40-year lease in 1992, but the deal included a provision for the team to opt out at 30 years.

"I first want to say that I am proud and honored to have Talking Stick Resort Arena and the Phoenix Suns in District 7".

Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams and Councilwomen Laura Pastor and Debra Stark have asked for a postponement of the vote. "Our priority remains being in Downtown Phoenix long term, and we're excited about the opportunity that lies ahead".

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