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Vivint Smart Home Arena Set for Major Overhaul

Vivint Smart Home arena renovation rendering

The Utah Jazz continue to plot a new era at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is set to receive a major overhaul following the completion of the current NBA season.

In recent weeks, the Jazz have announced more details about the $125 million renovation that is set for Vivint Smart Home Arena. The most recently-unveiled improvement is the installation of new blue cushioned chairs throughout the venue.

The effort to offer a more comfortable viewing experience is one of several changes the Jazz have in store for the venue, which will be overhauled in several areas. In February, the team unveiled plans for the post-renovation concession offerings—which will span from local fare such as R&R BBQ, to nationally-known brands such as Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza.

Vivint Smart Home arena main entrance renovation rendering.

In addition to the overhauls to the seating and the concessions, the Jazz are planning a number of other changes throughout the venue. Following the arena’s recent turn at hosting NCAA tournament games, construction crews began exterior improvements at the main Gate 5 entry. The project, which began on Monday, will help lead to the completion of an overhauled main entrance that includes an extended lobby, new ticket offices, and an outdoor plaza with viewing screens.

Inside, Vivint Smart Home Arena will receive overhauled concourses on both its lower and upper levels. Along with those changes, the Jazz plan to introduce an open social space concept to all four corners on level six. Plans unveiled by the Jazz last fall also call for changes to the arena premium seating offerings, which will lead to revamped suites on level four, and level two will be equipped with five themed club areas.

Vivint Smart Home Arena will also see upgrades to home and visiting locker rooms, as well as solar panels on its roof. The changes amount to the latest in the Jazz’s aggressive push to modernize Vivint Smart Home Arena. Before the 2013-14 season, the Jazz undertook a project that improved the video displays throughout the venue.

There has been something of a push across the NBA for new and renovated arenas. Of the NBA’s current venues, only six opened before Vivint Smart Home Arena debuted in 1991 and that number could decrease if the Detroit Pistons—who have played at The Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988—finalize a move to Little Caesars Arena next season.

Certainly, the Jazz are making it a point to ensure that Vivint Smart Home Arena outlasts many of the venues that opened before it. With the latest changes expected to be in place before the 2017-18 season, Vivint Smart Home Arena figures to have many good years ahead.

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