Prescott Valley civic and community leaders were joined by dozens of others from the greater region when the Prescott Valley Event Center was renamed the Findlay Toyota Center on Jan. 5.
Scott Norton, general manager for Spectra, which provides private management services for the Entertainment Center Community Facilities District, says, “We are excited to have Findlay Toyota as our naming rights partner. Spectra, the Northern Arizona Suns professional basketball team, and Findlay all share core values of giving back to the community and providing value for customers.”
The free three-hour event was highlighted by a ribbon-cutting with local leaders officially designating the 6,000 seat arena as the Findlay Toyota Center. During the celebration, Scandalous Hands performed live music. Activities for children included a jump house, rock wall, face painting and balloon artist. Some NAZ Suns players and the team mascot, Buckets, also greeted celebrants.
In a statement to the press, Findlay Automotive Group Market Area Manager Jamaal McCoy explained that Findlay Toyota was proud to be a strong local partner in the communities it serves.
“We believe this partnership with the center and NAZ Suns reinforces our commitment to the greater Prescott area,” he says. “It helps support the quality of life through entertainment and community events.”
The arena opened in 2006 and currently is the home for the NAZ Suns (a team owned by the Phoenix Suns and an NBA Gatorade League affiliate). From 2006 to 2014, it was the home rink for the Arizona Sundogs, then a member of the Central Hockey League.
Over the years, the facility has hosted a wide variety of community events, including concerts from such internationally known performers as Mannheim Steamroller, Willie Nelson and Stevie Nicks. It also is the host facility for various regional and state athletic championships, motorsports, and community activities such as ice skating and the annual home and garden show.