The Delta Center is back: New agreement restores the Utah Jazz arena’s original name

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SALT LAKE CITY — For many fans, it has always been the Delta Center.

It’s been nearly 17 years since the beloved name was removed from Utah Jazz’s home arena. Since then it has been EnergySolutions Arena, Vivint SmartHome Arena and finally Vivint Arena.

The marquee may have changed, but for a large number of jazz fans, the name has remained the same. For them it was – and always has been – the Delta Center.

The Delta Center was the arena that Larry H. Miller built. It was the place where Karl Malone and John Stockton became Hall-of-Famers. It was where Jerry Sloan became a legend. It was where many in the state fell in love with the Utah Jazz.

And now the Delta Center is back.

The Utah Jazz announced Saturday that they have entered into a long-term naming deal with Delta to restore the arena’s original name that opened in 1991. The name change is effective July 1, 2023. deal were not disclosed.

“I have so many great memories of the Delta Center as a child and I know that countless people throughout Utah and beyond have had similar experiences and created core memories there, whether attending the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, the NBA Finals, concerts or other events. incredible events,” Jazz owner Ryan Smith said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to be working with (Delta CEO) Ed Bastian and the entire Delta team to not only bring back the arena’s original name, but also leverage the great work Delta is doing to deliver incredible experiences to the people of our state and help show the world how great Utah is.”

The news follows a groundbreaking deal between Delta and Salt Lake City. The two parties finalized a contract last month that will keep Salt Lake City as a major Delta hub until at least mid-2044, with an option to extend the lease for an additional 10 years.

Delta has referred to Salt Lake City as the “Atlanta of the West” — Delta’s headquarters and main hub — and the deal is the airline’s latest example of an investment in the city and surrounding community.

“Today we celebrate a new chapter in the long history between Delta, the Utah Jazz and the Salt Lake City community,” Bastian said in a statement. “The homecoming of the Delta Center represents an ongoing investment and commitment to Salt Lake City, and together we will provide a leading sports and entertainment experience to the city and jazz fans around the world.”

Vivint will remain a partner of the Jazz after the name change. The Provo-based company announced Saturday that it has entered into a new partnership agreement with the Jazz that will run through the 2030 season.

The original naming rights deal was set to expire in 2025. With the new agreement, Vivint retains the rights to a courtside suite and will also be present in the arena with in-game promotions and advertising. However, the exterior will bear a different but familiar name.

And one that many have never stopped saying.

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