written by: Susan Lacke
The newly-redesigned Vivint Smart Home Arena makes every fan feel like an MVP.
The Utah Jazz are entering a new era: A new look, new roster and new arena have made the small-market team the talk of the NBA. It’s all part of the team’s pursuit of a championship: By transforming the run-down 25-year-old Vivint Smart Home Arena into a state-of-the-art marvel, the team hopes to attract and retain talent for years to come.
The players aren’t the only ones who benefit. The $125 million renovation has created a fan-friendly facility that makes a night at the Viv fun for everyone with a ticket.
- Check in on social media with a selfie in the plaza out front, which features a new, illuminated 14-foot high J-Note. (If you’re old school, pay homage to Stockton and Malone—their statues are still standing on the southeast corner.)
- Gain some perspective in the Team Store, which features an impressive array of Utah Jazz merchandise anchored by a towering life-size (7’1”!) mannequin of center Rudy Gobert.
- Take a lap of both levels before committing to dinner.
- Thirty restaurants and food stands, with an emphasis on local vendors, await. Craving BBQ? Head to R&R. Prefer pizza? Hit up Maxwell’s for slices as big as your head. Want a cookie? Head for RubySnap.
- Wash it down with an ice-cold brew. Perhaps the most refreshing update for fans? Beer—and good beer, at that–is served in 18 bars throughout the main and upper levels, featuring Uinta, Moab and Wasatch brews.
- Save room for dessert. Skip out a minute before half time to beat the line at Bon Bon, which scoops out creamy artisanal gelato and sherbet.
If you want to be with the rowdy crowd, snag a ticket in the lower bowl. For a more family-friendly experience (including multiple visits from the mascot, Jazz Bear) choose seats in the upper levels.
See more inside our 2018 Mar/Apr Issue.