Phoenix Suns reveal ‘El Valle’ jerseys and matching lowrider
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix Suns will be sporting some new gear this season, and fans will be able to snag them! On Thursday morning, the Suns released their newest collection — the “El Valle” jerseys. Good Morning Arizona got an exclusive look at the new uniforms and the matching lowrider!
“The El Valle City Edition uniform is a celebration of our Mexican American fanbase,” said Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury Chief Executive Officer Josh Bartelstein. “The uniform captures the tapestry of the culture and weaves together the rich traditions of Phoenix’s Mexican American community.”
El Valle uniforms are available in the team shop at Footprint Center or online at shop.suns.com. The El Valle car will make its grand appearance at the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in honor of Día de los Muertos. The game will be carried on 3TV and Arizona’s Family Sports Network. Click or tap here to find out how to watch the game.
A year after releasing the turquoise jerseys to celebrate Native American culture, this year’s “El Valle” jersey has the classic Chicano cursive script, but it’s the pinstriping on the sides of the jerseys that caught everyone’s eye. It’s meant to embody the hand-painted pinstripes of a lowrider, like the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that the team showed off on social media earlier Thursday.
“The whole Valley, the whole community comes together with this thing,” Efrain ‘Bugs’ Gonzales said. Over the course of two months, Gonzales and a dozen or so of his colleagues worked on customizing a Suns Valle-themed lowrider, a car that he says has a deeper meaning here in the Valley. “I think what makes it special is how everybody is unique in the way they build their cars you know?” Gonzales said. “Everybody has their own style. I like seeing that kind of stuff. From old school to new school.” The car will be on display at select games and events throughout the season.
The new jerseys come days after the team announced the court will have a special “El Valle” design for an inaugural In-Season Tournament. The court will be decked out in purple and include a teal stripe from basket to basket. Two Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy designs will also be at each end. Suns’ players will debut the uniforms for the tournament on Nov. 10 as they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans can watch all four tournament games for free over-the-air on 3TV (KTVK) and Arizona’s Family Sports (KPHE).
The Suns collaborated on the jersey design with local artist Miguel Angel Godoy, who is also a fine arts professor at Arizona State. The team will wear the uniform 13 times throughout the 2023-2024 season. “The halftime of each El Valle home game will feature La Música del Valle concert series, fueled by the Desert Ford Dealers, with MC Magic performing at the first game,” the team said.
In addition to the jerseys, the first t-shirt of a five-piece merchandise collection will be up for sale. Other items from the collection are expected to become available starting Nov. 10. For every City Edition jersey purchased using PayPal, a donation of the proceeds will go to Phoenix Suns Charities.
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