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My First Phoenix Suns Basketball Game at Talking Stick Arena

Recently, I went on a vacation to Phoenix, Arizona. One of the reasons for the trip was to go to a Phoenix Suns basketball game.  My parents had a few other things they wanted to do, but I was excited about my first Phoenix Suns basketball game. 

Phoenix Suns Game

We stayed in downtown Phoenix at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Our room at Kimpton Hotel Palomar was amazing.  The room had a very nice bathroom and large TV. Our room was also very well decorated and was one of the most lavish hotels in the city.

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

The hotel was located right across the street from Talking Stick Resort Arena, which is where the Phoenix Suns play. When we checked into our room, I opened the curtains and our view was Talking Stick Arena.

Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona

About five hours after we arrived at our hotel, we left to go to Talking Stick Arena to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Phoenix Suns. We got media passes to go to the inside area of the Phoenix Sun’s side of the arena near their locker rooms. I got to see the Sun’s players come out of their locker room and run out to the court which was very cool.

A couple of the players even gave me a high five.

Devin Booker is a Shooting Guard for the Phoenix Suns. He earned All-Rookie First Team honors after averaging 13.8 points per game and also became the sixth player in NBA history to score 1,000 points as a teenager.

Devin Booker is by far the best player on the Phoenix Suns and even though it was only his second season in the NBA, he scored 70 points in a single game during the season. This tied him with Wilt Chamberlain for the 10th most points ever scored in a single NBA game. He was also the youngest player to ever score this many point in a single NBA game.

In the 2016-7 Phoenix Suns Season Devin played the most games, started in the most games, averaged the most time on court and averaged the most points scored per game. If you want to learn about more Phoenix Suns stats you can find them here: espn.com/nba/team/stats/phx/phoenix-suns.

Devin Booker from Phoenix Suns Basketball team

We had really great seats thanks to Talking Stick Arena Resort giving me and my family an amazing experience. One of my favorite things that I got to do was go on the floor and really close to the court when the players for both teams were warming up for the game. This allowed me to see some of the best players in the NBA such as Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker close up.

Phoenix Suns Basketball Game

This game was really exciting because Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder was only two assists away from breaking a triple-double record that Oscar Robertson set in 1962. Russell didn’t break the record at this game, but did in the next game they played against the Denver Nuggets. 

Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns played really well and hit a lot of pull-up jumpers (when you run up the court and jump and shoot). He also had really impressive handles (which is dribbling the ball). During halftime, I was able to get within just a few feet of Devin when they were waiting to start playing again.

Phoenix Suns Game

I loved the game and the experience of being so close to actual NBA players and some of the greatest athletes in the world. 

It was honestly one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far. If you ever get a chance to go to the area where basketball players enter the court at a NBA game, do not pass it up. Even if you aren’t a big NBA fan it’s exciting. Plus, you can say you met some NBA players which is very cool to many people.

Although I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Phoenix, I still had a great time watching the basketball game, going out to eat at nice restaurants and exploring the city. One of my other favorite things we did on the trip was hanging out at the hotel pool. The pool is on the top level of the hotel and you could order food and drinks. The view from the pool was of Talking Stick Arena which was cool. When we visited it was pretty hot, so it was really nice to be able to swim. 

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Swimming Pool

Overall my short vacation in Phoenix was a fun and very memorable.  

Planning a Trip to Phoenix?

My mom suggests using Hotels Combined to find the best hotel prices. I suggest you stay at Kimpton Hotel Palomar especially if you plan to go to a Phoenix Suns Basketball game.

Click here to check for the best hotel prices for Kimpton Hotel Palomar and here to learn about upcoming Phoenix Suns games and to buy tickets.


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A huge thank you to the Pheonix Suns and Kimpton Hotel Palomar for their hospitality. My family and I were guests at the game and the hotel, but everything I share is my opinion.

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  1. Roland, what a fun experience you had and this is a great article. I am a former English teacher and I can say you did a fantastic job! I am adding this to my list of thing to do if we vodit Phoenix and I know my kids would enjoy it, too!

  2. You mentioned you want to visit all seven continents. How many have you been to so far? Do you want to visit Phoenix again?

  3. What a great experience to watch the game and then stumble across the road to your hotel room! That is indeed in the centre of the action.

  4. The best way to get into the American culture was for me to attend a baseball game. Next time I’ll probably go for a basketball game. The rules might be easier to understand 😉

  5. Wow what an awesome opportunity! Definitely putting this on the list when we visit this part of the world! Awesome that you got so close to the players!

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