Friday , Jan , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Taking their Road Show Outside


NBA fans might see the Suns and the moon at once next preseason.The Suns are planning to put on the NBA’s first outdoor game, an October night event that would be played at the Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden, Suns President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts said.Suns part-owner Dick Heckmann, who lives in the Palm Springs, Calif., area, got the idea to play at the 8-year-old, 16,100-seat stadium from a local parks manager and passed it along to Welts.

Plans progressed to the point that the Suns laid a basketball court on the surface and had General Manager Steve Kerr make a site visit. Details need to be arranged, but the game could be announced in a month. ‘It’s a completely unique experience,’ Welts said. ‘We like to do new and exciting things. I think it would be remarkably successful.’ Click here for more from the Arizona Republic.