The Suns-Lakers rivalry has been raging since 1970 when Phoenix blew a 3-1 playoff lead against the Lakers. The two teams have also both played in the Pacific Division for much of their history meaning they have squared off many times in the regular and postseason over the years. In the mid-2000s the rivalry was particularly intense thanks to the two teams being among the best in the Western Conference. There’s always bad blood when these two get together, so don’t miss the Lakers when they come to town.
The Suns and Spurs have met in the playoffs ten times since 1992, which has led to the development of a deep-rooted hatred between these two Western Conference teams. In the early 90s, the Suns got the best of The Admiral and the Spurs. However, a decade later the Spurs would get their revenge as they stopped the Steve Nash-led Suns dead in their track a few times in the mid to late 2000s. If you want to see Footprint Center come to life, then make sure to attend a Suns-Spurs game.
Phoenix Suns Stadium Guide
The Purple Palace is an excellent place to take in a game, and you won’t have to break the bank to do so. You can typically find a great deal on Suns tickets if you check the secondary ticket market where on some occasions you can find tickets as low as $15 or even $5.
Once at the game, you’ll experience an in-game experience that can hold its own and features one of the best mascots in not only the NBA but all of pro sports. The Gorilla will keep you entertained throughout the game and get everyone into the action with his incredible stunts and antics. The Suns Dancers also does a good job of keeping everyone engaged, and no matter where you’re seated you’ll have an excellent view of the court.
The area around Footprint Center is also very well suited for having an outstanding time. The Legends Entertainment District is home to many bars and restaurants, so no matter what you have a taste for you’ll find it here. The Arrogant Butcher is a particularly great spot if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale. Otherwise, places like Majerle’s, Kincaid’s, or Alice Cooperstown will hit the spot.
You’ll have a great time in Phoenix where you’ll find an affordable in-game experience as well as plenty of pre and post game entertainment.
Located at the south end of Footprint Center, the Ring of Honor pays tribute to Suns greats of the past. The Ring of Honor honors Suns legends such as Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and Jerry Colangelo and is a must see for Suns fans and basketball fans.
Those of you bringing kids to the game will want to stop by Gorilla Greenhouse. The Gorilla Greenhouse play area is home to plenty of games and activities for children is an excellent place for them to hangout before or during the game.
The Suns Team Shop on the north side of the arena is the perfect place to grab a souvenir. Inside the shop you’ll find any kind of Suns gear you could want ranging from jerseys to hats to glassware, so make sure to check it out.
The Coors Light Zone is a great place to grab a drink at Footprint Center even if you’re not attending a game. It caters to fans both inside and outside the arena the perfect place to grab a drink at the arena.
One of the unique aspects of attending a Suns game is that if you appear on the Kiss Cam not only do you get all the attention on you, but you also have the chance to win a prize. The couple that receives the loudest reaction from the crowd goes home with jewelry, so bring your best if you appear on the cam.