8/12 American Idol Live Tour coverage at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ (PHOTOS)

After two days of rest, the tour made its way to the beautiful Grand Canyon State.

Phoenix is def a hot place, and the Idols will bring the heat higher with their one-night concert.

Photography by LUKE HOLWERDA | Phoenix News Times


About the venue: via Wikipedia

Seating capacity:

*Basketball: 18,422
*Ice hockey: 16,210

US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It opened in 1992, and is the home of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association, the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

The arena, which is situated near Chase Field, is named after its sponsor, US Airways. After America West’s merger with US Airways, it was announced that America West Arena would be renamed to US Airways Center on November 14, 2005 with the name change taking place in January 2006.

The arena finished renovations in 2003, which added an air-conditioned glassed pavilion to keep people cool wait in line for tickets or before events. These renovations were part of the Phoenix Suns plan to keep the arena viable when Glendale Arena would open and take event dates from America West Arena. The idea to remake the arena came to Jerry Colangelo when he visited Staples Center, and envisioned a similar entertainment district in Phoenix.


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