Yes, you’re undoubtedly aware of the Jazz’s new players and the Jazz’s new uniforms — and the mixed reviews of them. But other changes to the Vivint Arena fan experience this season are expected to get a more positive reaction.
The 31-year-old building has undergone a number of changes over the summer, and construction is nearing completion as the team prepares for it’s regular season opener on Oct. 19.
Here’s what’s changed.
All of the in-arena video boards have been upgraded with either bigger screens or with screens with higher resolution.
If you view the video boards up close, you’ll see that they look a lot like an old-school Lite-Brite. “Pixel pitch” is a term used to describe the resolution of the boards, and measures the distance between the center of each light on each panel to the center of the light next to it.
The video boards hanging in the center of the arena facing all four sides have now been upgraded from having a pixel pitch of 6 millimeters to 4 mm. The arena has also added corner video boards connecting the four sides of the center-hung main screens.
For lower bowl fans sitting on the lower rows of the baselines, two more smaller screens have been added that face them directly.
The video rings circling the arena bowl have been more substantially upgraded, going from a pixel pitch of 20 mm to 4 mm.
Finally, perhaps the biggest change is more than doubling the size of the upper-bowl corner video screens, from 10-by-37 feet to 10-by-80 feet. Those video screens have been upgraded from a pixel pitch of 10 mm to one of — you guessed it — 4 mm.
Suites in the upper bowl
Also new this season are upper-bowl luxury seating areas, which the team is calling “premium lofts.”
They’ve removed hundreds of normal seats in sections 121-123 (behind the baseline) to create these premium suites — some of which will have room for six people, others with room for 10 people. The front row of each of the suites actually contains a couch with enough room for 4-5 fans to watch the game.
In the second row, the suites will have additional swivel stools, plus a food “nook” with a number of amenities — hot plates for warm food, a refrigerator for drinks and cold snacks, and other items. People in these suites can also head upstairs to the arena’s highest level to a club-like area, where they’ll be able to have appetizers, snacks, desserts, and, of course, drinks.
The suites will be sold on both a season-long and a per-game basis, at least to start.
When the 2017 arena renovation occurred, one key focal point was the four local “restaurants” in each corner. One of those restaurants changed this season: the R&R Barbecue spot has been replaced by a Costa Vida Mexican outlet. (R&R will still be available to fans, but in a smaller concession stand on the concourse.)
A new San Diablo churro stand will open at Portal S, and a “Buzzer Bar” in the upper bowl concourse at portal DD. The arena also expects to have a Wingstop location open this winter, along with a grab-and-go store run by American Express. (American Express cardholders will also have a dedicated entrance to the arena.)
Overall, the arena team says it has 15 local food partners in all: Bon Bon desserts & gelato, Costa Vida, Cubby’s, J.Dawgs, Maxwell’s pizza, Proper Burger, Float On, Spilled Milk ice cream, San Diablo, R&R, Totally Nutz, Thirst drinks, Cupbop Korean barbecue, Chile Verde Mexican burrito, and Honest Acai.
Finally, the team announced the existence of “The Crumbl Crew,” who will give away cookies every game, and the “Utah Jazz Breakers,” a new hip-hop dance troupe to perform during timeouts.