On Wednesday, October 14, the NCAA selected Phoenix to host the 2026 Women’s Final Four. The national semifinals are set for Friday, April 3, 2026, in downtown Phoenix, with the national championship game tipping off Sunday, April 5.
Nina King, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, cited Phoenix’s experience in hosting major championships as a factor in the selection. “Phoenix is a culturally diverse city that is experienced in hosting mega-events and has a proven history of supporting women in sport, business and philanthropy. The current renovation taking place at Talking Stick Resort Arena will elevate and transform that venue into one of the best in the country. We look forward to our student-athletes, coaches and fans being able to experience it for themselves in 2026.”
The Phoenix Mercury have announced the schedule for the 2020 WNBA regular season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl. Phoenix’s 22-game season begins Friday, July 25th with the Fry’s Food Stores Tip-Off against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Seven of the Mercury’s first eight games will be nationally televised on the ESPN family of networks including two games on ABC, three games on ESPN2, and one game on ESPN. A local broadcast schedule with games on FOX Sports Arizona will be announced soon.
The NBA has announced the schedule for the return to the 2019-2020 season. The league’s 22-team restart will be held on a single-site campus at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The Phoenix Suns will play eight “seeding games” at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, opening July 31st against the Washington Wizards. The Suns’ complete schedule, campus map, and more information about the 2019-2020 season restart can be found here.
The NBA and the NBA G League suspended game play for both leagues until further notice after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19.
We are working closely with the NBA on next steps and will provide updates to Suns fans, partners, PayPayl SixthMan season ticket members and all stakeholders affected by the postponement as soon as it becomes available.
This is an unprecedented and fluid situation, so we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we sort through this process.
Following Wednesday’s announcement that the NBA season has been suspended in response to COVID-19, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shared with fans yesterday that the hiatus would last for at least 30 days and the intent is to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.
Tickets that have already been purchased for impacted games will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If these games are ultimately not played or played in an empty arena, fans who purchased through the Suns, Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster affiliates, or the Talking Stick Resort Arena box office will have the option to receive a credit for a future Suns game or will be refunded at point of purchase.
As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15.