Suns Owner Mat Ishbia Excited for Phoenix to Host NBA All-Star Weekend in 2027

Phoenix Makes Top 10 List for Best Sports Business Cities

The NBA All-Star Weekend of 2027 is set to take place in Phoenix, and Suns owner Mat Ishbia couldn’t be happier. The city’s recent ranking as one of the top 10 cities for sports business by the Sports Business Journal played a significant role in securing this prestigious event.

The report took into account various factors such as modern venues, media partnerships, key vendors, safety, hospitality, and entertainment options. Phoenix made it to the top 10 this year and was recognized as a leading sports market in the Western region, just below cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

What sets Phoenix apart is its accessibility and compactness. With 14 professional sports venues within an hour’s drive, the area is ideal for hosting major sporting events. Additionally, the Valley boasts a thriving casual golfing culture and is home to 26 major sports venues, including a Super Bowl stadium and a PGA Tour venue. Permanent events like the NASCAR United Rentals Work United 500 and the ATP Arizona Tennis Classic further enhance Phoenix’s reputation as a premier sports destination.

In recent years, Phoenix has invested billions of dollars in new venues like Legacy Sports Complex in Mesa. The city’s relatively low tax rate, with a room tax of only 12.57%, adds to its appeal for hosting major sporting events. As more impressive stadiums are constructed in the future, Phoenix’s status as a sports hub is only expected to grow.

Mat Ishbia expressed his excitement about hosting the NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix and believes that it will be a great opportunity to showcase what the city has to offer.

“We are thrilled about being selected to host this prestigious event,” said Ishbia. “Phoenix has always been known for its rich sports history and vibrant culture.”

With its modern facilities, world-class attractions, and commitment to hosting major sporting events, Phoenix is well-positioned to become one of the premier destinations for basketball fans around the world.

As Mat Ishbia puts it: “We can’t wait for everyone to come see what we have here.”

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