By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic
Consultant hired to look at options for renovating existing arena if city doesn’t pursue new sports and entertainment venue
Phoenix leaders have for several years looked at building a new, taxpayer-funded arena for the Phoenix Suns. But the city will now spend tens of thousands of dollars to explore whether an upgrade of Talking Stick Resort Arena is a better option.
The city has extended its contract with Barrett Sports Group, a sports-business consultant, in a move that signals a possible shift in strategy for keeping the NBA team downtown.