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The NBA’s Utah Jazz announce new arena naming rights partner

The home arena for the NBA’s Utah Jazz will now be known as the Vivint Smart Home Arena, following the signing of a naming-rights deal with the Utah-based technology company.

The team announced the new name for the building, which was previously called EnergySolutions Arena, on Monday.

The agreement with Vivint is for 10-years. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed.

Vivint is a smart home provider and technology company based in Provo, Utah, USA. The agreement includes the “Vivint Smart Home Experience” in the Arena’s concourse and other services aimed at improving the fan experience at the venue. Security and other technologies are also scheduled to be upgraded.

The 19,911-seat building opened in 1991 and over USD$25m has been spent on the facility in upgrades in the last five years. The Arena hosts about 1.8 million guests and more than 100 sports and entertainment events each year. The basketball court is named after Larry H. Miller, who spearheaded the construction of the building 25 years ago.

Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment (LHMSE) President, Steve Starks, said:

The Utah Jazz and the arena are proud to have Vivint as our new naming rights partner. Vivint is a long-time supporter of the Jazz, is a Utah-based company, and has a deep commitment to the community and our fans. These were all qualities we looked for when we began this process.

Vivint will also partner with LHMSE, which owns and operates the Arena, on an autism awareness campaign as part of their joint community outreach.

Todd Pedersen, Chief Executive of Vivint, said:

This agreement extends far beyond a typical ‘logo-on-the-building’ arrangement – it’s a true partnership built around innovation, community impact and the drive to elevate the prominence of Utah.

EnergySolutions will continue as a champion partner of the Utah Jazz.

The name change, effective immediately, will be visible throughout the facility, with Vivint Smart Home Arena being prominent on the exterior of the building, the lower panels of the centre-hung scoreboard, all digital building signage and on the Utah Jazz basketball court.

The venue’s naming transition to Vivint Smart Home Arena will occur throughout the end of 2015, as the building hosts marquee events beginning with the Garth Brooks World Tour on Oct. 29-31 and the Jazz home opener on Nov. 4.