Author: Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Renovations Start Early at Phoenix Arena

A rendering shows the remodeled Casino Arizona Pavilion with new video screens and bar. (Courtesy Phoenix Suns) Work continues at Talking Stick Resort Arena on $250M project The transformation of Talking Stick Resort Arena, the home of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, was slated to begin after a concert by the Eagles on April 26. When COVID-19 swept the world and shut down sports and entertainment, crews were able to start the overhaul early. “With the unfortunate shutdown and postponement of the season and the rest of our events, we were able to start on the work sooner than we anticipated,” said Ralph Marchetta, the arena’s general manager.  “We gained about three weeks. How that factors into the overall length of what we have planned on getting done this summer is going to depend on supply chain disruptions or labor disruptions going forward.” Dubbed Project 201: PHX Reimagined, the transformation is […]

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For Cantone, Words Mean Something

Tom Cantone: “It’s something everyone should take a second look at, to make sure everyone feels special to the team.” (Courtesy Mohegan Sun) Bothered by terms for employee categories, Mohegan exec switches to ‘required,’ ‘not required’ In some ways, Tom Cantone feels like an air traffic controller. As the president of sports and entertainment for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Cantone said he could complete the task except that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he doesn’t have anywhere to fly his planes. “We postponed about 140 or 150 shows right now,” he said of all MGE properties, headed by the 10,000-capacity Mohegan Sun Arena at Mohegan Sun casino and resort in Uncasville, Conn., which has temporarily closed to fall in line with Connecticut social distancing guidelines.  “We had no cancelations other than a sporting event. All of our shows are in a postponed status. Some have landed on other dates. Others […]

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