Utah Jazz owner posts rendering of proposed downtown Salt Lake stadium district

In a tweet, Ryan Smith calls downtown Salt Lake City “the heart of Utah” and said it “desperately needs investment.”

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith speaks with Gary Vaynerchuck during the Silicon Slopes Summit at the Delta Center, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023.

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith has made his pitch for public funding for a sports and entertainment district.

Now he’s sharing a glimpse of his vision for the project.

Utah’s SB272, which would allow Salt Lake City to create such a district funded by a city-wide sales tax increase, unanimously passed through committee last week. On Tuesday, Smith tweeted out the first prospective rendering of what the project might look like.

The rendering shows a massive stadium at the end of a pedestrian boulevard, lined with retail shops, restaurants and a high-rise building that appears to have a pool with cabanas overlooking the street.

The verbiage of the tweet itself is interesting, too: Smith calls downtown Salt Lake City “the heart of Utah.” He also said downtown “desperately needs investment,” and that “NBA / NHL” — it’s not clear whether Smith means both or one or the other — would be at its core.

The Utah Senate is expected to discuss the bill this week. The legislation would clear the way for a sales tax increase of up to .5%, creating approximately $1 billion for the project over 20 years.