One of the best kept secrets at downtown’s new CityScape project will be unveiled this weekend in conjunction with the Phoenix Suns 2010 NBA Playoff opener on Sunday, April 18 at US Airways Center, when operators flip the switch on a spectacular “Tower Crown” light feature that will illuminate the top of the building and create a glow in the center of downtown Phoenix.
Naturally, the light feature – which can be composed in an assortment of colors and with a variety of effects – will make its debut in orange.
“We are extremely flattered that our newest neighbors in downtown would choose to honor the Phoenix Suns as they share this exciting new feature with the community,” said Rick Welts, President and CEO of the Suns. “We think CityScape is an exciting addition to downtown Phoenix and we think the project will look great bathed in an orange glow. It’s a good look for the entire city right now.”
RED Development, the project’s development lead, has been working closely with downtown partners to not only make the project successful, but to make all of downtown Phoenix a more successful and attractive destination. Managing Partner Mike Ebert said the Phoenix Suns – downtown’s original pioneer at the arena, which opened in 1993 – were the perfect teammate for sharing in the unveiling of CityScape’s unique halo light feature.
“One good surprise deserves another,” said Ebert. “The Suns have been a very pleasant surprise for the city of Phoenix this year, and they have a long tradition of bringing the community together, so we are pleased to be able to honor the franchise as we share this exciting new feature with the community.”
The night-light feature will turn on at 7:00 p.m., the night of the Suns opening home game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. The feature, which can change colors and has an assortment of special effects, will operate from sunset to sunrise. The light will illuminate the crown of the office tower at CityScape for the remainder of the playoffs, and on a nightly basis throughout the remainder of the year, with unique lighting features corresponding with holidays and special events.
It’s just one way for us to introduce the project to the community and add a little visual excitement to downtown Phoenix,” said Ebert. “You won’t see anything like this anywhere else in the United States. “It’s a signature statement.”
Tickets are still available to catch the Suns in action when the open their First Round playoff series versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, April 18 at US Airways Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so online at suns.com/playoffs, by phone at 1-800-4-NBA-TIX, at the US Airways Center ticket office and at all Ticketmaster locations.