Phoenix Suns return to Flagstaff for training camp

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SunsThe Phoenix Suns will make their return to Flagstaff for the first time since 2004 when they report for training camp at Northern Arizona University from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5.

This year marks the 21st time the city of Flagstaff has hosted the team’s training camp. The team first used Flagstaff as a training camp site in 1986, coincidentally the first training camp as a player for now-Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek.

“I have great memories of training camps in Flagstaff from my time as a player with the Suns,” Hornacek said. “The Flagstaff community has always been very supportive, and I’m looking forward to returning there to get camp started.”

Lisa Campos, vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU, said the university is “thrilled” to host the Phoenix Suns for their annual training camp. “We have a history with the Suns, and to bring the team back to Flagstaff and the NAU campus is something we are proud to do,” she said.

The Suns’ week in Flagstaff will culminate with an open-to-the-public scrimmage, starting at noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Skydome. The training camp workout schedule begins at the Rolle Activity Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and continues through the intrasquad scrimmage.

Phoenix opens the preseason schedule at home against Maccabi Bazan Haifa at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at US Airways Center to tip-off a seven-game exhibition schedule in preparation for the club’s 46th NBA season.