Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, has re-opened in Salt Lake City after a $125 million upgrade project.
The plaza greets people with a supersized J-note as the centerpiece, while a new 12,000ft2 America First Credit Union atrium has been added with a 76ft long video screen on top of the foyer for outdoor watch parties.
The lobby is a perfect location to gather with the box office, Utah Jazz Team Store full of unique arena-only merchandise and memorabilia, and easy access to the Toyota Club on level two and the suites on level four.
Concourse walls have been removed for the creation of a new porch that gives fans a full view of the lower bowl.
They now see an ocean of blue, with the iconic green plastic chairs being replaced by fully-cushioned seats in both the lower and upper bowls.
Designed for style and comfort, the new seats are Jazz navy blue with a blue/black nylon weaved fabric. The fixed seating areas feature chairs with armrests and cup holders.
Fans are also able to taste another change. A multitude of food selections – more than 30 restaurants and vendors – have created destination dining with a lineup of new culinary choices.
The four corners of the main concourse at Vivint Smart Home Arena feature specialty menus with barbecue from R&R, hand-tossed pizzas from Maxwell’s, Mexican food from El Chubasco, and gourmet hamburgers and signature beef sandwiches from Cubby’s.
Working kitchens in the dining areas showcase the preparation of fresh food.
Levy, one of America’s premiere sports and entertainment hospitality partners, has formed a joint venture with the arena to manage food and beverage experiences, and introduced Salted Honey Hospitality as its signature brand of service.
Another substantial upgrade for the arena is the formation of the Toyota Club with gathering space for 1,700 guests.
Located on level two behind the lower bowl seats, the club wraps around nearly two-thirds of the arena. The open floor layout has comfortable social spaces for a quick bite to eat or a full-service meal from an array of live cooking stations and new restaurant offerings.
The club is open throughout Jazz games with eight portal entrances along with a members only main entry from the arena lobby.
The club experience at a Jazz game is unlike any other entertainment option in Utah. The WCF Insurance Club and the Silicon Slopes Club are additional speciality spaces that have been remodeled.
With its top-to-bottom approach for improvements and desire to implement sustainable practices, the renovation started on the roof with the installation of 2,700 Vivint Solar panels, covering 80,000ft2 and producing the energy equivalency worth two seasons of Jazz home games.
The Jazz players also have a new home away from home with the remodeling of the locker room complex and the addition of weight rooms, training rooms and family areas on level one.
Technology has also been deployed to enhance the guest experience through a new mobile app, high-speed public Wi-Fi, cloud-based technology and predictive analytics.
More than 400 televisions are located throughout the arena, providing information, directions and a constant eye on what’s happening on the stage or court.
Greg Miller, Utah Jazz representative on the NBA Board of Governors said:
The renovations to the arena and practice facility will play an important role in our pursuit of an NBA Championship. This will help develop, retain and recruit talent both on and off the court, and represents our family’s commitment to doing things the right way.