The Utah Jazz ownership unveiled the Vivent Smarthome Arena renovation plan, as the team expects upgrades to the 25-year-old arena to be completed for the 2017-2018 NBA season.
The changes are extensive: they include an overhaul of seating on all six levels of the arena as well as new suites, a new 12,000-square-foot atrium (shown above), fan lounges and upgraded home locker room. The plaza will feature an extended entryway that brings visitors inside for ticket and box office services. The indoor atrium will be the go-to meeting place with game-night entertainment and the Jazz Team Store. The plaza will feature a videoboard for outside watching parties. A new marquee features a covered stage with full-circle graphic capabilities.
The four upper corners of the arena will be opened up with casual gathering spaces where fans can watch the game. All the individual suites on level four are being remodeled with new sightlines and an array of first-class amenities. Larger suites are being added to host business and community groups for special event night experiences. Level two will house five themed club experiences for pre-game dining and halftime socializing. Four unique floor suites will also be added where fans enter their box seats in the stands through a private portal and hospitality suite.
Work on the project will begin after the upcoming NBA season. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
“From top to bottom, from the solar roof to the locker room, from the upper bowl to the lower bowl, there are changes in store for the benefit of all,” Vivint Arena president Jim Olson said.
From the outside, passersby will see the extended lobby, which will house ticketing and box office services. The renovations will also include the addition of large screens on the plaza for outdoor watch parties.
“We’re looking forward to late spring games, into May and June, where people gather to watch the game on the new LED signs as the bowl is filled on the inside as well,” Jazz president Steve Starks said.
Icon Venue Group will manage the project.
Rendering courtesy Utah Jazz.