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Tempe partners with Wexford Developments, ASU Women’s Basketball to unveil new downtown basketball court

Post Date:08/11/2017 11:31 AM

MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Quillard,, 480-350-8805

What would have continued to be a vacant lot in downtown Tempe will soon be bustling with basketballs and activity thanks to a partnership between the City and Wexford Developments. The real estate development company has built a brand-new community basketball court on 7th Street just east of Mill Avenue.

“Creative partnerships like this are what make Tempe the special community that it is,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We are fortunate to attract companies like Wexford Development, that are committed to both the wellbeing of our community.  We look forward to working with them on a high quality development that complements our work to move Tempe forward.”

An unveiling celebration featuring special guests from the Sun Devil Women’s Basketball team will take place on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 a.m. Media is invited to attend.

Who: City of Tempe, Wexford Developments, Sun Devil Women’s Basketball representatives including Coach Charli Turner Thorne, Phoenix Suns dancers, youth basketball players

What: Unveiling and ceremonial first shot on the half court

When: Friday, Aug. 18 from 7-8 a.m. (arrangements can be made for earlier/later morning show requests)

Where: 11 East 7th Street, just east of Mill (half court is on south side of street just east of Mill Ave.)

Visuals: Young players going through coached drills, Mayor/councilmembers taking shots  

Tempe Councilmember Kolby Granville suggested the idea of a temporary use for this property prior to development taking place, and encouraged Wexford Developments to find a way to maximize the space that would otherwise sit dormant. 

“Development in downtown Tempe is a great thing but it often comes with a period of waiting,” said Councilmember Kolby Granville. “We knew there had to be a way to utilize this space during that downtime in a way that would benefit the community.”

Embracing this new concept of thoughtful use of space, Wexford Developments funded and built the half court, which will be open for public use until development of the property begins.

“As a property owner in downtown Tempe, we truly want to do our part in being a strong, innovative partner to the community.  We hope this contribution sets an example for other property owners and developers to follow suit and think outside the box in creating temporary uses that promote community engagement,” said Wexford Developments Principal Sam M. Gordon.

The half court will be open every day from sun up to sun down and is free of charge to the public. It creates a convenient spot for downtown residents and employees to exercise and be more active, which is important to the Sun Devil Women’s Basketball organization.

“The easier we make it for people to move around, become active and get more exercise, the greater the benefits for the entire community,” said Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne. “It’s refreshing to see a partnership like this in Tempe lead to something so beneficial to our community’s health and to the greater good of those who use the half court.”

About Wexford Developments LP

Wexford Developments is a real estate investment, development, and management company with offices in Calgary, Alberta and New York City.  Since 2014, Wexford Developments and its affiliates have made substantial investments in several properties in downtown Tempe, and Wexford is committed to being a collaborative partner to the Tempe community, to ensure the city continues its growth and prosperity.

About ASU Women’s Basketball

The Sun Devils are coming off their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as they advanced to the second round of NCAAs where they nearly upset eventual national champion South Carolina on its home floor after taking a one-point lead into the game's final minute. Turner Thorne, who posted her 400th win as ASU's head coach in March, will return for her 21st season and will lead a squad that will look to match the school record of five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and five straight 20-win seasons. Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign start at just $49. Deposits are now being accepted so fans can secure their seats for all the action. For more information call 480-965-5812.