The Utah Jazz celebrated a milestone on Tuesday, when they hosted an open house at the newly-renovated Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Over the NBA offseason, the Jazz carried out a $125 million renovation that will affect several areas of the facility. Along with an overhauled main entrance, Vivint Smart Home Arena is equipped with new blue cushioned seats, updated concessions, improved premium and social spaces, public Wi-Fi, an Jazz expanded locker room, and more.
The first scheduled event since the renovation was completed–a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert–is slated for Wendesday, but the Jazz staged a public open house at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday. Upon seeing it for the first time, many gave the newly-renovated arena a positive reception. More from Desert News:
Early reviews of the overhaul have been overwhelmingly positive. The Miller family, which owns the building and the NBA team, hosted an open house for the public on Tuesday after giving season-ticket holders a sneak preview of the arena last week. Employees who worked on the renovation were invited to a test-run concert by “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten a week ago.
“It looks amazing,” Jazz fan Mike England said after walking through the arena Tuesday morning. “It just looks updated. It looks modern. We’re going to be excited to go to a Jazz game.”
Jazz president Steve Starks liked how the changes — from sprucing up the exterior to widespread changes on all six interior levels — were described as making the building appear more “cosmopolitan” than previously.
The Jazz will begin playing preseason games at the facility early next month. Their home opener for the 2017-18 NBA season is scheduled for October 18.
Rendering courtesy Utah Jazz.
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