The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, the ownership group behind the Utah Jazz, unveiled Wednesday the team’s plans for $125 million arena renovations and updates to be completed next offseason. Built in 1991 as the Delta Center, the Jazz play their home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Rather than relocate and build a new arena, the Miller Group chose to upgrade the existing structure. At the unveiling of the new plans, Murray Beynon, Principal of Brisbin Brook Beynon and SCI Architects, who also oversaw the renovations at Madison Square Garden, praised the original architecture and planning of the building.
“It has been clear from the outset that Vivint Smart Home Arena’s bones are very good and form an ideal basis to create an unsurpassed 21st century NBA facility,” Beynon said, per Jazz.com. “The creation of interactive social and viewing platforms along with an array of new fresh food options will transform the fan experience on all six levels. From the front row to the top, the guest experience will be improved for everyone.”
Plans for the new arena were made with three criteria in mind: fan experience, sustainability, and fan connection with players and performers. From top to bottom, renovations include a full array of solar panels on the roof, redesigned social areas in the upper levels of the building, new luxury suites and club experiences, exciting live-dining options in the main concourse level, and new locker rooms for both the Jazz and visiting teams. The exterior of the building will also be receiving a face-lift with extended entryways and atriums. The plaza in front of the arena will soon feature video boards and live game-night entertainment:
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Construction is expected to begin following the 2016-17 NBA season with anticipated completion by fall 2017.