After months of construction, Vivint Smart Home Arena’s new look is ready to be shown off by the Utah Jazz. While concerts and NBA preseason games have already taken place at the overhauled venue, Wednesday will mark its first regular season contest since the completion of a $125-million renovation project.
Over the course of the offseason, the Jazz undertook an extensive renovation that reshaped several aspects of Vivint Smart Home Arena. New cushioned seats were installed, while the team also overhauled the main entrance, and completed upgrades to concessions, premium and social spaces, arena technology, and player facilities.
All of these touches should alter Vivint Smart Home Arena, as the Jazz considered multiple aspects of the facility in the project, from the fan experience to the environments for the front office and team. More from The Salt Lake Tribune:
Touches like the 400 or so digital signs that dot the arena now, enabling the Jazz to convert to digital signage and not waste material or time installing new poster board. There are the cameras lining the tiers of the arena and wired to a central security system, empowered with facial recognition software to help find faces in the event a security breach. Even the restrooms of the suites were considered: Rather than keep them inside the suite, the renovations have moved to make more centralized restrooms on the club level for more discreet use, which fans requested.
The most personal touches, of course, have been reserved for the team. The front office now occupies the most robust office and video room it’s ever had in the arena, while coach Quin Snyder has a wall completely covered by whiteboards (and covers for when he’s not in the room) in his office. The home locker room (which is equipped with safes for each player) is now an oval to facilitate socializing before and after games, but the showers are now individualized for privacy.
It’s not just that the Jazz now believe that they have the largest locker room facilities in the NBA that make them special — it’s what’s in them.
Considering 2016’s opening of Golden 1 Center, this year’s debut of Little Caesars Arena, and the multitude of renovation projects that have taken place in recent years, it is clear that the NBA arena landscape is changing. The result is that Vivint Smart Home Arena—which originally opened as Delta Center in 1991—is now the fifth-oldest arena in the NBA, but the work completed by the Jazz could offer a completely new experience.
Rendering courtesy Utah Jazz.
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