The Vivint Smart Home Arena is an indoor arena located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, in the western portion of the United States. The arena is currently owned by Jazz Basketball Investors Incorporated, whose CEO is businessman Larry H. Miller. It was completed in 1991 and it opened its doors for the very first time on October 4 of the same year.
The Vivint Smart Home Arena is home to the NBA team Utah Jazz.
Originally, the stadium was named Delta Center, in reference to Delta Air Lines: the company had their main headquarters located in Salt Lake City. The nuclear waste company EnergySolutions was the title sponsor from 2006 to 2015. Since then it has been bearing the name of the security company Vivint.
The arena was originally designed for 20,000 seats, and served as the home for fans of the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Golden Eagles (the latterbeing an ice hockey team). The arena was built to replace the demolished Salt Palace, which could only accommodate up to 12,616 sports fans. Funding was provided by businessman Larry H. Miller, with works beginning on May 22, 1990. The arena was inaugurated on October 4, 1991. The total cost amounted to 93 million USD.
The first game ever played at the Vivint Smart Home Arena was between the Golden Eagles and the Peoria Rivermen on October 16, 1991, while the first NBA game was between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks.
Several important events have taken place in the arena, such as NBA’s Western Athletic Conference between the years 1993 and 1995, the All-Star Game of 1993, the United States Championship of Figure Skating in 1999, as well as various instances of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
In August 1999, the ceiling of the facility was completely redone as it had been severely damaged by a tornado – the repair costs amounted to nearly 4 million USD.