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Utah Jazz to make ‘major’ arena announcement
NBA » Longtime home of the Jazz is seventh-oldest building in the league.
First Published Jun 14 2013 05:43 pm • Last Updated Jun 17 2013 08:53 am

The Utah Jazz on Monday will make a "major facility announcement," and are expected to unveil plans to update EnergySolutions Arena.

"I’m looking forward to a ‘big’ announcement relative to EnergySolutions Arena on Monday," Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group, posted to his Twitter page Friday afternoon.

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A news conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon at the arena.

The downtown arena seats 19,911 but has been has surpassed by newer, flashier arenas with more premium amenities since its construction in 1991. In recent years, the Jazz have made minor improvements, such as adding restaurants and clubs. However, by NBA standards the arena boasts relatively few suites (50) and even less luxury seating near the court.

Jazz president Randy Rigby told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier this year that plans for an ambitious arena upgrade had to be scaled back to fit within the organization’s budget. In October, Rigby said the Jazz were finalizing plans for a new video screen.

"We’re looking at major improvements over the next five or six years," he said at the team’s preseason media day, "continuing to build up our facilities to be a top-quality NBA property."

Rigby did not immediately respond to a message Friday left on his cellphone.

Last season, the Houston Rockets installed a 58-foot-wide video screen. Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera said earlier this year that FedEx Forum would soon install wireless Internet for fans.

Among the other 29 NBA arenas, only six are older than EnergySolutions, including legendary Madison Square Garden, which recently underwent a major renovation. The Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings all play in older buildings, although Sacramento is expected to build a new downtown arena after a local group of investors triumphed in the fight to keep the team from moving to Seattle.

Originally called the Delta Center and renamed EnergySolutions Arena in 2006, the building opened before the 1991-92 season, replacing the Salt Palace as the home of the Jazz. It hosted the 1993 All-Star Game as well as NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. It was the site for figure skating — including a major judging scandal — and short track speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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EnergySolutions Arena is also home to the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.


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