Experience Utah Jazz basketball at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where a combination of live action, enthusiastic fans, delicious local food, and the coolest team gear—including the new Nike team store—creates the most exciting night out Salt Lake has to offer.
The Jazz are poised for another great year after last season was a huge success in nearly every single way. Not only did the team outperform preseason expectations, but they also managed to turn what—in late January—looked like a lost season into one of the best in recent memory. The Jazz boasted a top-five defense for the second straight season, and they put together three separate winning streaks of at least six games—something they hadn’t done since the 2006-07 season.
After missing 15 games with a knee injury, Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert returned to the lineup and played in every game to finish the season. After his late-January return, the Jazz posted the second-best record in the NBA. Donovan Mitchell, who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, led all rookies in scoring at 20.5 points per game, joining David Robinson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only rookies in NBA history to lead a team with 45+ wins in scoring. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was a finalist for the 2018 NBA Coach of the Year Award, and point guard Ricky Rubio was one of 10 finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.
Founded as the 18th member of the NBA in 1974 (and located in Salt Lake since 1979) the Utah Jazz are the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships while winning at least 50 games 14 times.The Jazz are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports, and Vivint Smart Home Arena is renowned for its electric game-night atmosphere. Off the court, the Jazz are extremely active in the local community and have assisted a large number of organizations and worthy causes by way of service, charitable donations and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA. The program includes more than 50,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven western states.
The Jazz play their home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is located just west of downtown Salt Lake—approximately three minutes from team hotels and about 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Situated at 301 W. South Temple, just two blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the arena is within walking distance from downtown restaurants and Temple Square, and adjacent to The Gateway—an outdoor shopping and dining area. Originally opened as the Delta Center on October 7, 1991, the building was known as EnergySolutions Arena from November 20, 2006 until it was renamed Vivint Smart Home Arena as part of a 10-year agreement announced on October 26, 2015.
Leading up to the 2017-19 season the arena was transformed by a $125 million renovation. A series of top-to-bottom upgrades on all six levels has elevated the guest experience with redesigned lower and upper bowl concourses; vibrant social spots, from private clubs/suites to open gathering spaces; more food choices with the installation of popular local restaurants and “live” kitchens; and a new 12,000-square-foot indoor lobby to welcome guests. The arena has played host to the 1993 NBA All-Star Weekend, two NBA Finals, the 1999 U.S. Figuring Skating Championships, figure skating and short track speed skating in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and hundreds of popular concerts and other events.