The Utah Jazz announced Monday that they would be moving their D-League affiliate to Salt Lake City. Last year the Jazz purchased the Idaho Stampede with plans to strengthen the overall development process of the franchise. The Stampede will be leaving Boise and moving to Utah as the Salt Lake City Stars. The Jazz have been one of the league’s pioneering organizations when it comes to the D-League. Monday’s announcement was the next step in the process of integrating the D-League affiliate more fully into the franchise. The decision to move the D-League affiliate to Salt Lake will enable the Jazz to work more closely with the players they are developing, as well as give fans an opportunity to see future members of the Jazz during the growth process. The move will also multiply the resources at the disposal of the D-League affiliate.
The naming of the team hearkens to the history of basketball in the state of Utah. The Utah Stars of the ABA played in Salt Lake from 1970-1975. That team won a championship during the 1970-71 season. Long-time Jazz broadcaster Ron Boone played for the Stars during their championship run. Boone holds the record for most consecutive games played by a professional basketball player with 1041. The popularity of the Utah Stars was instrumental in bringing the Jazz to the state of Utah. The name also pays homage to the Utah Starzz of the WNBA. The Starzz played in Utah from 1997-2002 before relocating to San Antonio. The Salt Lake City Stars tie the gold and navy blue of the current Utah Jazz with a retro look that pays tribute to the Utah Stars of the ABA.
The Salt Lake City Stars will play their home games at Salt Lake Community College. They will play a 24-game home slate between November and April. Fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $3.25 per game.
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