US Airways Lands In Phoenix

Phoenix’s America West Arena will complete its name change to US Airways Center in January.

The change was anticipated: It reflects a $1.5 billion merger between the two airlines, with US Airways retiring the name of its former competitor.

The original naming rights agreement has been replaced by a 10-year deal with an undisclosed price tag. America West paid $26 million in a 30-year deal to put its name on the 19,000-capacity venue when the doors opened in 1992.

The arena recently completed a $70 million improvement and expansion project.