Fain Signature Group Champions NBA Contract for Prescott Valley Events Center
Northern Arizona Suns, NBA D-League Coming to Prescott Valley Events Center
The Fain Signature Group was instrumental in inking a deal with the Phoenix Suns (D-League) team to play at the Prescott Valley Events Center. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Prescott Valley Events Center during a press conference.
The Suns D-League Team, named the Northern Arizona Suns (www.nazsuns.com) will play a total of 24 home games and another 6 home based events at the Prescott Valley Events Center including a scrimmage with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, a WNBA preseason game (Women’s Pro Basketball) and additional family entertainment events, shows, and concerts. The basketball season runs November thru April.
“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President, Jason Rowley. “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.”
“We are excited to work with the Phoenix Suns and the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation (PVEDF) and the Town of Prescott Valley to bring the Phoenix Suns Professional Basketball D-League team from Bakersfield, California to Prescott Valley, Arizona. This is a major step in creating a foundation upon which the Prescott Valley Events Center can build on the process of establishing a long-term financially viable operation. To work with the Phoenix Suns is an honor and helps to secure a place for the Prescott Valley Events Center in our local communities as well as all of Northern Arizona. This deal provides for family friendly events and will benefit the region’s employers and business owners through economic development,” says Brad Fain.
“The Prescott Valley Events Center is so excited to have the Phoenix Suns’ pro level D-League basketball team come to our arena and the Quad-City area. What a great tenant and partner to have here in Prescott Valley. We look forward to seeing you all here next fall for some exciting basketball,” remarked Gary Spiker, General Manager, Prescott Valley Events Center.
“The Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation (PVEDF) is energized and honored to work with the Phoenix Suns organization, along with the Fain Signature Group and the Town of Prescott Valley, in establishing a permanent home for the Phoenix Suns Professional Basketball D-League in Prescott Valley. PVEDF is fully dedicated to diligently work hand in hand with the Phoenix Suns through this transition. Working with such an elite organization will allow the region to become a destination for Suns fans worldwide and make a major and positive economic impact in our community,” says Mike Paredes, Executive Director, Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation.
“This is another great day in the history of the arena that will serve Central Yavapai County for decades to come. We are very excited to welcome the Phoenix Suns brand to our facility, and to Northern Arizona.” Larry Tarkowski, Prescott Valley Town Manager
“We’re happy to have an organization the quality of the Phoenix Suns in our community and region. It’s an exciting thing to bring the Suns brand and legacy to Prescott Valley,” says Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog.
According to DLeague.NBA.com, “The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises for the first time ever during 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.”
About The NBA D-League Draft Picks
Each fall, the league office signs 200+ players and places them in the NBA D-League Draft. Approximately 50% of these players are selected on Draft day.
“About half of them are selected on Draft day, which features a field of NBA and NBA D-League vets, international pros, undrafted rookies and NBA D-League National Tryout players,” according to NBA D-League. Many of the top picks arrive just days before the Draft after either arriving from overseas or being waived by NBA teams — a group that included eventual Sixers Call-Up Robert Covington, eventual Santa Cruz Warriors champion Elliot Williams, and former Kentucky standout Marquis Teague in 2014,” according to NBA D-League.
NBA Player Examples from the D-League (2014-15)
Robert Covington (Grand Rapids Drive)
Brady Heslip (Reno Bighorns)
Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz Warriors)
[Source: NBA D-League].
About The Prescott Valley Events Center
The Prescott Valley Events Center is a $36 million dollar facility with fixed seating for 5,000, expandable up to 6,500 for concerts and family shows and capable of hosting basketball games, ice hockey games, concerts, conventions and other prime events in Central and Northern Arizona. It is located in the Prescott Valley Entertainment District, home to many restaurants, shops and movie theater – all within walking distance of Central Arizona’s premier event center.
3201 N Main Street
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
Events and Tickets: http://www.prescottvalleyeventcenter.com/events/eventlist
Header image courtesy of NBA.com