Muhammad Ali's US Airways Center
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N 33° 26.710 W 112° 04.274
12S E 400433 N 3701152
Quick Description: US Airways is a sports arena where the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA Mercury play basketball.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 11/2/2011 1:45:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMD0C7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Raine
Views: 15

Long Description:
In 2009, we were surprised to see the famous Muhammad Ali enter the US Airways Center and sit just a couple of rows in front of us to watch the Phoenix Mercury play basketball. The WNBA Mercury is the sister team to the Phoenix Suns. He stayed for the entire game and had several people with him.

We have also seen Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, and former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford at the games. There are often players from the NBA who attend to watch the Mercury play.
Celebrity's Name: Muhammad Ali

Celebrity Description:
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali was both idolised and vilified. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently to Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War – "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong... No Vietcong ever called me nigger" – one of the more telling remarks of the era. Widespread protests against the Vietnam War had not yet begun, but with that one phrase, Ali articulated the reason to oppose the war for a generation of young Americans, and his words served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that would rock the 60's. Ali's example inspired Martin Luther King Jr. – who had been reluctant to alienate the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda – to voice his own opposition to the war for the first time. Ali would then be arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was eventually successful. Ali would go on-to become the first and only, three-time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed "The Greatest," Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were three with rival Joe Frazier, which rank among the greatest in boxing history, and one with George Foreman, where he finally regained his stripped titles seven years later. Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the Ali Shuffle and the rope-a-dope. Ali had brought beauty and grace to the most uncompromising of sports and through the wonderful excesses of skill and character, he had become the most famous athlete in the world. He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would "trash talk" opponents, often with rhymes. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.


Celebrity Type: Sports Star

Time celebrity was spotted: 7:05 PM

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