Utah Jazz announce plans to renovate arena

The Utah Jazz have unveiled plans to renovate Vivint SmartHome Arena in downtown Salt Lake City. The $125 million upgrade will include enhancements to all six levels of the arena and above, highlighted by new suites, remodeled locker rooms, a 12,000-square-foot atrium, and a solar panel installation on the building’s roof.

The renovation is extended outside the venue walls with the addition of multiple large LED screens on an outdoor plaza for watch parties and other events.

On the interior, social gathering spaces will be developed in the four corners of the upper bowl to open the concourse to the court or concert stage. On the premium levels, all suites and club lounges will be redesigned and brought up to modern fan experience expectations, as will the arena’s restaurants and retail spaces.

The design-build team is led by SCI Architects, ICON Venue Group, and Layton Construction – a Utah-based general contractor.

All of the projects upfront costs are being privately financed, with the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency pitching in an additional $22.7 million in tax breaks. The renovation is scheduled for completion in time for the tip-off to the 2017-18 NBA season. 

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