ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix Suns Gorilla marks 35 years as team’s mascot

Jan 21, 2015, 2:39 PM | Updated: 2:40 pm

...

PHOENIX — In 1980, a guy dressed in a gorilla suit showed up at a Phoenix Suns game to deliver a singing telegram to a fan who was celebrating a birthday.

He was such a big hit the team made the Gorilla its official mascot. It’s been that way ever since.

“For 35 years, he has been the focal point in our games, and a big focal point in our community as well,” Suns President Jason Rowley said.

Rowley said the Gorilla does about 400 appearances per year, in addition to being at all 41 home games.

The Suns are throwing their Gorilla a birthday party during Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers.

Rowley said a lot of other mascots will be joining in the fun.

“Big Red is coming over from the Cardinals, Baxter from the Diamondbacks, Jazz the Bear from the Utah Jazz, Stuff the Magic Dragon from the Orlando Magic and the Raptor from the Toronto Raptors,” he said, adding Howler from the Arizona Coyotes and Scorch from the Phoenix Mercury will also be there.

“It will be a good time during the game,” Rowley said.

The first 10,000 fans inside U.S. Airways center on Wednesday night will receive a free Gorilla magnet.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Kason Nelson is one of the two teenagers who were arrested after a home burglary in Scottsdale on A...

KTAR.com

Surprise Police arrest 2 teenagers allegedly involved in attempted home burglary

Two teenagers were arrested in Surprise after an attempted burglary at a residence on Monday, authorities said.

2 hours ago

Split-panel image with a photo of Chris Greicius, the 7-year-old boy who inspired the creation of M...

Kevin Stone

Make-A-Wish getting replacement for inspirational statue stolen from Phoenix headquarters

Make-A-Wish is getting a replacement for the cherished statue that was stolen from the non-profit group’s Phoenix headquarters last year.

4 hours ago

2015 K&A Kisidiaris Trust bought Glendale retail center Avenue at Olive Park for $5.5 million...

Bailey Leasure

Retail center near Glendale Community College sells for $5.5 million

Avenue at Olive Park, a fully leased 3-acre retail center near Glendale Community College, was sold recently for $5.5 million.

4 hours ago

Volleyball will take place on Friday but will take place at Avondale's American Sports Center. (Spe...

David Veenstra

Glendale high school hosting Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games

Special Olympics Arizona's Summer Games are returning this week. More than 1,500 athletes will make their way to Glendale to compete.

4 hours ago

Frutilandia Taqueria Factory dual location opening in Mesa...

Serena O'Sullivan

Frutilandia and Taqueria Factory opening dual-concept restaurant location in Mesa

A dual location of Frutilandia and Taqueria Factory is opening in Mesa next weekend. Giveaways and food promotions will accompany the event.

4 hours ago

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers holds the supersized scissors at the ribbon cutting at Glendale's newly...

Damon Allred

Glendale officials cut ribbon at newly renovated city court

Glendale officials welcomed a newly updated courthouse, as city leaders cut the ribbon at the public service building.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Phoenix Suns Gorilla marks 35 years as team’s mascot