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Updated Sep 27, 2013 - 10:28 am

Suns offering discount tickets to teachers, first responders

PHOENIX -- Valley teachers and first responders may be saying "Shazam!" when they find out how little it may cost them to get Phoenix Suns season tickets this year.

The Suns are calling it their "Commitment to Community" ticket program.

"We are offering up season military, nurses, teachers, police and firefighters for $149 for the entire season," said Suns President Jason Rowley. "That breaks down to about $3.39 per game, per ticket."

Rowley says the package is a way to honor teachers and first responders, and it comes with a lot of other goodies.

"You get a membership card that will get you a 20-percent discount at about 20 different Valley restaurants," Rowley said. "There will also preferential concession lines at the games."

To get the upper deck tickets, you'll have to verify your position. Rowley says the team has also taken extra steps through Ticketmaster to make sure that whoever buys the tickets isn't reselling them for a profit.

Rowley said that about 1,200 tickets were set aside for the program. About 700 are still for sale, and there's a limit of eight season tickets per person.

Commitment to Community tickets can be purchased at, use the code word "community."

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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