Vivint Arena
Vivint Arena in 2016
Vivint Arena
Vivint Arena
Location in Utah
Vivint Arena
Vivint Arena
Location in the United States
Former namesDelta Center (1991–2006)
Salt Lake Ice Center (2002)
EnergySolutions Arena (2006–2015)
Vivint Smart Home Arena (2015–2020)
Address301 W. South Temple
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates40°46′6″N 111°54′4″W / 40.76833°N 111.90111°W / 40.76833; -111.90111Coordinates: 40°46′6″N 111°54′4″W / 40.76833°N 111.90111°W / 40.76833; -111.90111
Public transitUTA icon.svg TRAX Light Rail
 701  Blue Line
 704  Green Line
at Arena Station
OwnerRyan Smith[1]
OperatorSmith Entertainment Group
Capacity18,306[2]
Construction
Broke groundMay 22, 1990
OpenedOctober 9, 1991
Construction costUS$93 million
($184 million in 2020 dollars[3])
ArchitectFFKR Architecture[4]
Structural engineerRalph L. Wadsworth Engineering
Services engineerOlsen & Peterson Consulting Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractorOhbayashi/Sahara
Tenants
Utah Jazz (NBA) (1991–present)
Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL) (1991–94)
Utah Grizzlies (IHL) (1995–97)
Utah Starzz (WNBA) (1997–2002)
Utah Blaze (AFL) (2006–08, 2011–13)

Vivint Arena (stylized as vivint arena) is an indoor arena located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The arena serves as the home venue for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Utah Jazz, and has been the home venue for other professional athletic teams, such as the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)'s Utah Starzz. It seats 18,306 for basketball, has 56 luxury suites, and 668 club seats.

Opened in 1991, the arena was known as the Delta Center, under a naming rights deal with Delta Air Lines, which has a hub at Salt Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions purchased the naming rights in November 2006, after Delta decided not to renew their 15-year contract due to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the year prior. From 2006 to 2015, it was known as EnergySolutions Arena.[6][7] On October 26, 2015, the arena was renamed as part of a 10-year naming rights contract with the Provo-based home security system provider Vivint.[8] In August 2020, the arena dropped the “Smart Home” title to become Vivint Arena.[9]

The arena was also home to the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics, where it was referred to as the Salt Lake Ice Center.

History

Interior arena bowl, May 2007.
Interior arena bowl, May 2007.

The arena was originally imagined as 20,000-seat home for the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Golden Eagles to replace the since-demolished arena of the Salt Palace, which had 12,616 seats.[10] Under the leadership and private financing of Utah businessman Larry H. Miller, ground was broken on May 22, 1990, and it was completed on October 4, 1991, in time for late-October basketball games, at a cost of $93 million ($177 million in 2020 dollars).[11][3]

The first game played in the arena was a Golden Eagles match against the Peoria Rivermen on October 16, 1991, which the home team lost 4–2.[12] The Eagles had also played the inaugural game in the Salt Palace arena when it opened on October 10, 1969.[13]

The first basketball game played in the arena was a Jazz pre-season loss against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks, 101–95.[14]

Exterior view of arena under original name, 2005
Exterior view of arena under original name, 2005

In addition to the Utah Jazz and Blaze, the arena has also been the home of the WNBA's Utah Starzz from 1997 to 2002, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles from 1991 to 1994, and the Utah Grizzlies from 1995 to 1997, both of the International Hockey League. Notably, on June 8, 1996, the Delta Center hosted what was then the largest crowd in the history of American minor league hockey: 17,381 fans attended Game 4 of the 1996 Turner Cup Finals.[15]

Dan Roberts serves as the public address announcer for the Jazz. He has been the Jazz's home game announcer since before the arena was built.[16]

Upgrades and renovations

The exterior of the arena in 2009
The exterior of the arena in 2009

On September 21, 2016, the Utah Jazz announced plans to renovate and upgrade the Arena. The majority of the construction related to the building's renovation, which cost $125 million. The construction began at the conclusion of the 2016–17 Utah Jazz basketball season and was completed during the Fall of 2017.[17]

Renaming

EnergySolutions Arena logo, 2006–2015
EnergySolutions Arena logo, 2006–2015

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the arena was referred to as the Salt Lake Ice Center due to IOC policies barring corporate sponsorships.[18]

After Delta Air Lines declined to renew their 15-year naming rights contract, which expired on September 30, 2006, the arena's owner, Larry H. Miller, opted to sell naming rights to EnergySolutions, a low-level nuclear waste disposal company headquartered in Salt Lake City.[19][20] The new name was unveiled November 20, prior to the Jazz home game against the Toronto Raptors. Two stickers were placed on the court, covering up the arena's old name with the new one.[21] The temporary logos were replaced with official logos on the court sometime in December. EnergySolutions naming rights were set to expire in 2016.[22]

Initial fan reactions to the new name were predominantly negative. Early nicknames for the arena included "the Dump," a jab at EnergySolutions' radioactive and hazardous waste disposal operations.[23] Other suggestions included the Glow Dome, Radium Stadium, Isotope, Chernobowl, Jazzmat, Big Bang, Tox Box, Power House, Hot Spot, Plutonium Palace, Fallout Shelter, Melta Center, and Energy Pollutions Arena.[24]

On October 26, 2015, the naming rights were acquired by the locally based home security and automation provider Vivint in a 10-year contract.[8][25]

Larry H. Miller Court

On April 15, 2010, over a year after the death of Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, the Jazz basketball court was named in his honor.[26]

Sale

In December 2020, Ryan Smith purchased Vivint Arena from the Miller family as part of a larger agreement including the Utah Jazz.[27]



Notable events

Other sports

The arena hosted the 1999 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The figure skating and short track speed skating competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics were held at the arena.[28]

Beginning in 2021, the arena began hosting Frozen Fury, a National Hockey League preseason series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights.[29] =

Tornado

The arena's roof was damaged by severe winds associated with the Salt Lake City Tornado of August 11, 1999, costing $3.757 million to repair.[30]

Recognition

Vivint Arena is well known for being one of the hardest places to play for visiting teams in the NBA. According to an NBA Players Poll taken by Sports Illustrated on February 11, 2008, the Vivint Arena is considered "the most intimidating arena in the NBA" with 20% of the vote made up of 240 current NBA players.[31] Many commentators referred to the arena as the "Decibel Center," a play on the name "Delta Center." During Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, a decibel meter installed at floor level had readings of over 110 decibels, close to the noise generated by a jet takeoff. Also, during the 1997 NBA Finals, NBC's Hannah Storm called the then-named Delta Center "one of the loudest places in sports."[32]

Concerts

In addition to sports, the arena was intended to host large music concerts. On October 24, 1991, Oingo Boingo became the first headlining act to play the Delta Center.[33]

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
February 10, 1992 Metallica Wherever We May Roam Tour
May 29, 1992 Rush Mr. Big Roll the Bones Tour
June 4, 1992 Metallica Wherever We May Roam Tour
July 7, 1992 The Cure Cranes Wish Tour
August 25, 1992 Jimmy Buffett Recession Recess Tour
December 8, 1992 Kiss Great White
Trixter
Revenge Tour
April 7, 1993 Guns N' Roses Blind Melon Use Your Illusion Tour
August 10, 1993 Aerosmith Jackyl Get a Grip Tour
August 19, 1993 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour
August 20, 1993
November 4, 1993 Depeche Mode The The Devotional Tour
April 26, 1994 Janet Jackson Mint Condition Janet World Tour Janet Jackson took ill 40 minutes into the concert. She was treated at a hospital emergency room for what was reported to be "flu-like symptoms and dehydration."
April 27, 1994
July 28, 1994 Phil Collins Both Sides of the World Tour
September 10, 1994 ZZ Top Ian Moore Band Antenna World Tour
October 18, 1994 Nine Inch Nails Marilyn Manson
Jim Rose Circus
Self Destruct Tour
February 19, 1995 Grateful Dead - -
February 20, 1995
February 21, 1995
June 8, 1995 Phish Summer Tour 1995
September 18, 1995 Elton John Made in England Tour
September 19, 1995 Van Halen The Balance "Ambulance" Tour
November 1, 1995 Pearl Jam Fastbacks Vitalogy Tour 9,000 -
November 2, 1995 Pearl Jam Fastbacks Vitalogy Tour 9,000
January 31, 1996 Rod Stewart A Spanner in the Works Tour
August 28, 1996 Smashing Pumpkins Garbage Infinite Sadness Tour [34]
September 5, 1996 Kiss The Hunger Alive/Worldwide Tour
November 2, 1996 Dave Matthews Band Meshell Ndegeocello 1996 Fall Tour 6,274 [35]
January 2, 1997 Metallica Korn Poor Touring Me
May 20, 1997 Rush Test for Echo Tour
May 29, 1997 Tina Turner Cyndi Lauper Wildest Dreams Tour
April 18, 1998 Aerosmith Spacehog Nine Lives Tour
July 9, 1998 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour
July 10, 1998
July 11, 1998
July 12, 1998
August 11, 1998 Elton John Big Picture Tour
December 1, 1998 Depeche Mode Stabbing Westward The Singles Tour
February 4, 1999 Rolling Stones Bryan Adams No Security Tour 16,579 / 16,579 $1,753,807
May 17, 1999 Aerosmith The Afghan Whigs A Little South of Sanity Tour
June 9, 1999 Bob Dylan Paul Simon Never Ending Tour 1999
October 28, 1999 Backstreet Boys Into the Millennium Tour
October 29, 1999
November 19, 1999 ZZ Top Lynyrd Skynyrd
Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies
XXX Tour
November 27, 1999 Ricky Martin Jessica Simpson Livin' la Vida Loca Tour
January 28, 2000 Cher Do You Believe?
May 15, 2000 Tina Turner Lionel Richie
Janice Robinson
Twenty Four Seven Tour
May 29, 2000 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reunion Tour
July 28, 2000 Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Soul2Soul Tour
August 14, 2000 Britney Spears Mikaila
Josh Keaton
Aaron Carter
A–Teens
Oops!... I Did It Again Tour
October 3, 2000 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera in Concert
November 7, 2000 Sarah Brightman La Luna World Tour
January 29, 2001 Billy Joel
Elton John
Face to Face 2001 16,538 / 16,538 $1,668,470
March 8, 2001 Sarah Brightman La Luna World Tour
April 28, 2001 Bon Jovi One Wild Night Tour
August 28, 2001 Dave Matthews Band The Iguanas 2001 Spring/Summer Tour [36]
October 5, 2001 Backstreet Boys Sisqó Black & Blue Tour Originally scheduled for August 20, but was postponed in order for group member A. J. McLean to seek treatment for clinical depression.[37]
October 12, 2001 Janet Jackson 112 All for You Tour
November 9, 2001 U2 No Doubt Elevation Tour 17,197 / 17,197 $1,347,245
November 13, 2001 Britney Spears O-Town Dream Within a Dream Tour
January 7, 2002 Aerosmith Cheap Trick Just Push Play Tour
August 14, 2002 Cher Cyndi Lauper Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 9,959 / 13,074 $535,121
August 23, 2002 Rush Vapor Trails Tour
April 5, 2003 Bon Jovi Goo Goo Dolls Bounce Tour
July 9, 2003 Dixie Chicks Michelle Branch Top of the World Tour 15,435 / 15,435 $929,425
August 2, 2003 Fleetwood Mac Say You Will Tour
October 22, 2003 Aerosmith
Kiss
Porch Ghouls Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour 12,000
December 2, 2003 Shania Twain Up! Tour
March 6, 2004 Sarah Brightman Harem World Tour
March 26, 2004 Kelly Clarkson
Clay Aiken
The Beu Sisters Independent Tour
August 3, 2004 Van Halen Shinedown Summer Tour 2004
November 15, 2004 Avril Lavigne Butch Walker Bonez Tour
January 31, 2005 Cher Village People Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 9,981 / 13,018 $584,474
September 21, 2005 Green Day My Chemical Romance
Simple Plan
Jimmy Eat World
Against Me!
American Idiot World Tour
November 22, 2005 Rolling Stones Jason Mraz A Bigger Bang
December 17, 2005 U2 Kanye West
Damian Marley
Vertigo Tour 18,197 / 18,197 $1,709,317
August 4, 2006 Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Soul2Soul II Tour
August 5, 2006
August 11, 2006 Nickelback Hoobastank
Chevelle
All the Right Reasons Tour
August 16, 2006 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Mars Volta Stadium Arcadium World Tour
November 13, 2006 The Who The Who Tour 2006–2007
June 11, 2007 Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Soul2Soul II Tour 11,289 / 12,049 $944,919
August 28, 2007 Josh Groban Angelique Kidjo Awake Tour This concert was professionally filmed and recorded then released as Awake Live on May 6, following a showing in Movie theatres on May 1, and before premiering on PBS Soundstage on June 26.
October 26, 2007 Miley Cyrus Jonas Brothers Best of Both Worlds Tour The first show was filmed for a Disney Digital 3D release, entitled Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.[38]
October 27, 2007
October 10, 2008 Reba McEntire
Kelly Clarkson
Melissa Peterman 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour
November 3, 2008 Metallica Down
The Sword
World Magnetic Tour
November 22, 2008 Coldplay Jon Hopkins
Sleepercar
Viva la Vida Tour 11,598 / 11,598 $935,607 [39]
February 22, 2009 Céline Dion Taking Chances World Tour 16,212 / 16,212 $1,245,743
April 14, 2009 Britney Spears The Pussycat Dolls The Circus Tour 17,095 / 17,095 $1,076,551
May 26, 2009 Taylor Swift Kellie Pickler
Gloriana
Fearless Tour 13,042 / 13,042 $555,207
June 3, 2009 Fleetwood Mac Unleashed
August 16, 2009 Green Day Franz Ferdinand
Tré Cool
21st Century Breakdown World Tour
September 29, 2009 Miley Cyrus Metro Station Wonder World Tour 10,885 / 12,525 $718,727 During the performance of "7 Things", Cyrus ran off the stage because of illness from strep throat and the necessity of medical attention. Her band and back up singers covered for her, and, 15 minutes later, Cyrus returned to resume the concert. "Kicking and Screaming" and "Wake Up America" were both omitted from the setlist to make up for the loss of time.[40][41]
February 19, 2010 Billy Joel
Elton John
Face to Face 2010 16,057 / 16,057 $1,729,539 Postponed from November 20, 2009.[42][43]
June 23, 2010 Backstreet Boys This Is Us Tour
July 15, 2010 Carole King
James Taylor
Troubadour Reunion Tour 7,104 / 7,377 $563,319 [44]
October 20, 2010 Nickelback Three Days Grace
Buckcherry
Dark Horse Tour
February 25, 2011 Linkin Park The Prodigy A Thousand Suns World Tour
March 19, 2011 Lady Gaga Scissor Sisters The Monster Ball Tour 14,385 / 14,385 $1,313,005
March 22, 2011 Bon Jovi Ryan Star Bon Jovi Live 17,146 / 17,146 $1,338,116
July 25, 2011 Katy Perry Robyn
DJ Skeet Skeet
California Dreams Tour 11,745 / 12,080 $432,840
September 19, 2011 Diana Ross More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour
September 28, 2011 Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 13,720 / 13,720 $896,946
November 28, 2011 Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
November 29, 2011
November 30, 2011
February 14, 2012 Lady Antebellum Darius Rucker
Thompson Square
Own the Night Tour
June 12, 2012 Nickelback Seether
My Darkest Days
Bush
Here and Now Tour
July 12, 2012 Demi Lovato A Special Night with Demi Lovato
January 5, 2013 Justin Bieber Carly Rae Jepsen Believe Tour 14,693 / 14,693 $1,007,579
January 25, 2013 George Strait Martina McBride The Cowboy Rides Away Tour
April 17, 2013 Bon Jovi Because We Can 16,004 / 16,004 $1,233,763
June 1, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 14,007 / 14,007 $1,139,360
September 19, 2013 Muse Cage the Elephant The 2nd Law World Tour
November 14, 2013 Selena Gomez Emblem3
Christina Grimmie
Stars Dance Tour
November 19, 2013 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 To Be Loved Tour 8,571 / 8,571 $714,585
January 20, 2014 P!nk The Kin The Truth About Love Tour 15,738 / 15,738 $1,182,944 This show was originally scheduled to take place on October 17, 2013, but was postponed due to vocal rest.[45]
January 24, 2014 Lady Antebellum Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Thomas Rhett
Lauren Alaina
Take Me Downtown Tour
July 8, 2014 Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour The first show was originally scheduled for July 7, but was cancelled due to scheduling issues.
July 9, 2014
August 4, 2014 Lady Gaga Lady Starlight
Babymetal
ArtRave: The Artpop Ball 9,359 / 9,359 $516,910 "Mary Jane Holland" was temporarily removed from the setlist.
August 7, 2014 Paul McCartney Out There 15,064 / 15,064 $2,001,260
September 2, 2014 Eagles History of the Eagles – Live in Concert
September 29, 2014 Katy Perry Tegan and Sara
Ferras
Prismatic World Tour 13,860 / 13,860 $1,218,622
May 19, 2015 Ed Sheeran x Tour
July 28, 2015 Imagine Dragons Halsey Smoke + Mirrors Tour
July 29, 2015 Mötley Crüe The Cringe
Alice Cooper
Mötley Crüe Final Tour
August 6, 2015 Kenny Chesney Jake Owen
Chase Rice
The Big Revival Tour 9,689 / 10,548 $505,748
August 15, 2015 Shania Twain Gavin DeGraw Rock This Country Tour 11,677 / 11,677 $854,366
September 4, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy The 1989 World Tour 14,131 / 14,131 $1,589,686
October 29, 2015 Garth Brooks
Trisha Yearwood
World Tour Four shows[46]
October 30, 2015
October 31, 2015
April 2, 2016 Justin Bieber Post Malone
Moxie Raia
Purpose World Tour 15,115 / 15,115 $1,400,612
April 27, 2016 Rihanna Travis Scott Anti World Tour
July 16, 2016 Twenty One Pilots Mutemath
Chef'Special
Emotional Roadshow World Tour
August 11, 2016 Demi Lovato
Nick Jonas
Mike Posner Future Now Tour
August 31, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Bishop Briggs
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 15,645 / 15,645 $1,871,968
October 8, 2016 Maroon 5 Tove Lo
Phases
Maroon V Tour
February 25, 2017 Stevie Nicks The Pretenders 24 Karat Gold Tour 10,092 / 19,860 $928,314
March 21, 2017 Ariana Grande Victoria Monét
Little Mix
Dangerous Woman Tour 10,291 / 20,840 $584,595
April 9, 2017 Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary World Tour 11,887 / 11,887 $994,905
September 27, 2017 Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Cam Soul2Soul: The World Tour 12,528 / 12,528 $1,189,950
October 16, 2017 Janet Jackson State of the World Tour
November 24, 2017 Katy Perry Purity Ring Witness: The Tour
November 29, 2017 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 16,003 / 16,003 $1,641,808
December 12, 2017 Foo Fighters Bob Mould Concrete and Gold Tour
December 14, 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour 12,688 / 12,688 $1,425,214
February 6, 2018 The Killers TBA Wonderful Wonderful World Tour 11,449 / 12,062 $553,965
September 4, 2018 The Smashing Pumpkins Shiny And Oh So Bright[47]
November 30, 2018 Metallica Jim Breuer WorldWired Tour 16,215 / 16,215 $2,026,905
July 13, 2019 Ariana Grande Normani
Social House
Sweetener World Tour 12,569 / 12,569 $1,163,364 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on April 22, but was rescheduled due to Grande headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[48]
September 4, 2019 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 13,521 / 13,521 $1,802,270

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Events and tenants
Preceded by Home of the
Utah Jazz

1991 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

1993
Succeeded by