Renovations continue at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where a major $125 million project is pushing toward a completion in the coming months.
Over the current Utah Jazz offseason, Vivint Smart Home Arena is receiving a significant overhaul in several areas. New seats are being installed throughout the venue, while the main entrance is being improved, and the Jazz have plans in place to upgrade concession offerings.
On the current schedule, the work at Vivint Smart Home Arena is expected to be completed by the middle of September so that it can host events in advance of the Jazz’s 2017-18 slate. In a recent apperance on 1280 The Zone, Jazz president Steve Starks said that work is taking place to meet that deadline and that a few more features could be announced before the project wraps up. Here are his comments, per the Desert News:
The $125 million project has a completion deadline of mid-September, and a picture of a countdown clock in the arena was posted to the Jazz’s Twitter account after Starks’ interview indicating there are just over six weeks left.
“That number is seared into my brain and into the brain the dozen or so people we have leading the project,” Starks said, noting that things are “on track.”
Most of the features of the project have been previously announced, although Starks said a few more will be revealed before renovations are complete. Starks noted that about 300 of the new blue-cushioned seats that will replace the old green ones are being installed each day.
He said the building will undergo testing before a Sept. 27 concert featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to ensure that everything from food to electricity is in order.
Vivint Smart Home Arena originally opened in 1991, and is one of a few NBA facilities currently undergoing a major renovation. The Atlanta Hawks recently kicked off the first phase of improvements to Philips Arena, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are continuing their overhaul of the Target Center.