On the heels of the opening of the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, the city is set to unveil two other developments by year-end — Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail network will start service Dec. 27, and the newly expanded Phoenix Convention Center will open five days later. The $1.4 billion light-rail system will link Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa and include stops at attractions like the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Chase Field and the U.S. Airways Center.
Fares will be $1.25 per ride and $2.50 for an all-day pass. The system will have 28 stations, and trains will stop at those stations every 10 minutes.
The $600 million Phoenix Convention Center consists of a three-building campus with nearly 900,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.
Its Grand Canyon-inspired environs include three ballrooms with audio and video technology, $3.2 million worth of public art, and ecologically friendly features like solar panels and a water-harvesting garden. User-friendly features include exhibit halls with pre-scored floors, temperature-controlled loading bays, outdoor meeting spaces and a food court with five themed eateries.
About 400 groups representing 1.8 million attendees have already reserved space at the new center. More than 60 groups are booked for 2009 alone, including the National Basketball Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In addition, the NBA is bringing its 2009 All-Star Game to Phoenix in February in what will amount to a coming-out party for the city’s downtown additions. The league will set up its Jam Session fan experience in the convention center.
All-Star players will stay at the Sheraton. and many of the 100,000-plus fans and visitors will ride the 20-mile light-rail line that week.
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