The Vivint Arena is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and is home to the NBA’s Utah Jazz and was previously home to the WNBA’s Utah Starzz. Its sponsor, Vivint Smart Home, Inc., is a public smart home company in the United States and Canada.
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Arena Guide by Basketball Tripper
The Vivint Arena was built as a replacement facility to the Salt Palace; the arena didn’t officially break ground until May of 1990 and wasn’t finished until October of 1991.
Under a naming rights agreement with Delta Air Lines, the arena was known as the Delta Center, a hub at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions bought the naming rights in November of 2006 after Delta had decided they would not renew their 15-year contract because they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the year prior. From 2006-2015, it was known as EnergySolutions Arena. In October of 2015, the arena was renamed as part of a 10-year naming rights deal with Vivint.
During the summer of 2010, the Arena was renovated, which included installing a playground for kids (Bear’s Backyard), a new dining area for adults, and over 500 TVs. In June of 2013, the Utah Jazz announced that the arena would receive a new scoreboard and ribbon display, which included display screens in each corner of the arena. These new systems were installed in the 2013 NBA off-season.
In September of 2016, the Utah Jazz announced plans to renovate and upgrade the Arena. The majority of the construction was related to the building’s renovation, which cost $125 million. The construction began after the 2016–17 Utah Jazz basketball season and was completed during the Fall of 2017.
Best Bars Near Ground
Several popular bars are located within walking distance to the arena, with a few of the favorites being Bout Time Pub & Grub, Patrick’s Pub, Poplar Street Pub, Beerhive Pub, and Lake Effect. From hand-crafted cocktails, great food to nightly live musicians, Lake Effect’s overall atmosphere provides a one-of-a-kind experience. They aim to provide each guest with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that will have them returning for years to come. They have two bars that each offer our guests a different and unforgettable experience.
Food - Places to Eat
While several of the bars and pubs in the area offer several food options, a few other food options are a favorite of the locals and are right around the arena that you can stop at before tip-off. Some of the area’s choices include Cupbop, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Chile-Tepin, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Bruges Belgian Bistro, and many others.
Since the Jazz is very popular in the area, there are several spots near Vivint Arena that are sports-themed and will be great places to catch a bite to eat before the game or even watch the game while you eat.
The Vivint Arena currently does not offer tours open to the public.
Utah Jazz Tickets
Typically, Jazz tickets vary on who they are playing on the given night, but tickets can be found for as low as $15, with an average price of $77. Vivint Arena also offers a wide range of premium seating options, including the Eide Bailly Suite Level, Level 3 Corner Lounge, Loge Boxes, Courtside Suites, and the Toyota Club. . Vivint Arena has a wide range of tickets scaling all ticket prices, so you will be able to find any seat in the building that caters to your taste.
Visiting the Arena - Travel
Since the Vivint Arena is located near the heart of Salt Lake City, there are several travel options you can choose from. The most popular transportation methods would include the Utah Transit Authority, which operates commuter trains, buses, and light-rail systems. There are also various forms of care services and thousands of parking spots if you chose to bring your vehicle.
The address for Vivint Arena is as follows:
• 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
While traffic during game nights will drive larger crowds than usual down to Salt Lake City, you should be in the clear of heavy traffic if you leave a few hours before tip-off. If you are coming from surrounding suburbs, you will most likely be coming into the city on one of the major highways (I-15 and I-80).
While there are public/paid parking options on any given game night, the lots that the Vivint Arena sponsors are Park Place, Salt Palace Parking, The Gateway Mall, The Triad Center, City Creek Mall, and the Hyatt House. There are also thousands of other parking spaces that are within a few blocks of the arena.
For public transportation, you are most likely looking to be on the Utah Transit Authority, which operates commuter trains, buses, and light-rail systems. Whether you are coming from the airport, the mountains, or anywhere in the city, you will be able to find reliable public transportation on game day.
Airports and Flying
If you are coming from out of state and flying, you will most likely fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. The drive from the airport to the arena is 7.5 miles and will roughly take 20-40 minutes to reach the arena. The most popular transportation methods to the Vivint Arena are by tram ($3), bus ($3-$3), taxi ($20-$30), or car.