Top-Ranked Phoenix Suns Set to Host 2027 NBA All-Star Weekend: City Recognized for its Sports Business Success and Accessibility

Phoenix Makes Top 10 List for Best Sports Business Cities

The Phoenix Suns have been selected to host the 2027 NBA All-Star Weekend, and team owner Mat Ishbia is thrilled about the news. According to a recent report by the Sports Business Journal, Phoenix was chosen due in part to its ranking as one of the top 10 cities for sports business.

The ranking took into account several factors, including the abundance of 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.

One of the reasons for Phoenix’s success is its accessibility and compactness. The Valley has 14 professional sports venues within an hour’s drive and boasts a thriving casual golfing culture. It is also 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 contribute to its reputation as a premier sports destination.

In recent years, Phoenix has invested billions of dollars in new venues like Legacy Sports Complex in Mesa. Its relatively low tax rate, with a room tax of only 12.57%, adds to its appeal for hosting major sporting events. With more impressive stadiums on the way

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