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Vivint Smart Home Arena Renovations Unveiled

Plans for Vivint Smart Home Arena’s $125 million renovations were announced today at a presentation and press conference inside the arena.

SALT LAKE CITY—Plans for Vivint Smart Home Arena’s $125 million renovations were announced today at a presentation and press conference inside the arena. Most construction at the downtown facility will being after the Utah Jazz’ 2016-17 NBA season.

“The arena has been a community gathering place for the past 25 years, and this renovation reaffirms our family commitment to the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City and the state of Utah,” said Gail Miller, owner and chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “The changes will benefit everyone who comes to the building for a sports event, concert or family show. We are pleased that the arena will once again serve as a first-class, state-of-the-art venue.”

CEO and Chairman of Larry H Miller Group of Companies Gail Miller speaks at the unveiling of Vivint Smart Home Arena's renovation plans.

CEO and Chairman of Larry H Miller Group of Companies Gail Miller speaks at the unveiling of Vivint Smart Home Arena’s renovation plans. (Jon LaFollette, ESPN 700)

Upgrade plans include the installation of solar panels around the building, aiming for a more environmentally friendly footprint. New chairback seats around the arena will be installed. There will be a reintroduction of the Utah Jazz mobile app and high-speed internet throughout the facility.

In the corners of the top of the arena behind the seats furthest from the court will be room for standing and walking, as well as a concessions area, intended to increase convenience for upper bowl fans.

Each corner of the main concourse will include areas devoted to hamburgers, pizza, healthy choices such as salads, and Mexican food. Cooking stations installed throughout the arena will allow for more and “live” kitchens in the clubs and concession stands throughout the arena, meaning guests will be able to see food being made on the spot.

Walking space along the main concourse will be increased by 40% and enhanced with remodeling and the installation of many high-definition TVs. The upper concourse will see 35% more walking space.

Suites on level four are being remodeled. Larger suites are being added to host business and community groups for special events. Five club areas will be included on level two for pregame dining and halftime socializing. Four unique floor suites will also be added where fans enter their box seats in the stands through a private portal and hospitality suite.

Utah Jazz president Steve Starks speaks at the unveiling of Vivint Smart Home Arena's renovation plans. (Jon LaFollette, ESPN 700)

Utah Jazz president Steve Starks speaks at the unveiling of Vivint Smart Home Arena’s renovation plans.

The outside of the arena will get a facelift as well, with the ticketing area expanded and widened. Also featured is a new circular video board for watch parties.

The 25-year-old arena is expected to produce $3.2 billion in revenue for Salt Lake City over the next 25 years, and $4.5 billion for the entire Wasatch Front.

Fans can view the progress of the arena at vivintarena.com, then click on “Arena Rising.”

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