NBA basketball franchise Utah Jazz has revealed further details of the renovation work being carried out at Vivint Smart Home Arena, with the facility set to lose its iconic green seats.
Work on the arena begins this week, with one of the main elements of the revamp to be the installation of blue cushioned seats. The seats will replace the plastic green chairs that have been in place since the facility opened in 1991.
The new seating areas will feature chairs with armrests and cup-holders, with sliding seat platforms to be installed to allow for maximum safety and performance.
Jazz president Steve Starks said: “While we will all miss the green seats, these new cushioned Jazz blue chairs will provide our guests an upgraded experience as they attend Jazz games, concerts and other events in the arena.
“These new chairs, along with the upgrades to the food, technology and club spaces, will further enhance the game night experience and make the arena feel new again.”
Season ticket-holders who renew their seats for next season will be offered their green chair as a keepsake.
Spectator seating specialist Hussey Seating, which provided the original chairs, has been contracted for the installation of the new seats.
The team has also announced that a new ‘super club’ will open as part of the arena renovations. The space will seat 1,700 guests and will be located on level two of the arena, behind the lower-bowl seats. The club will wrap around nearly two-thirds of the arena.
The Vivint Smart Home Arena renovation is expected to cost $125m (£100.3m/€115.7m) and it is hoped the renovation will significantly enhance the fan and visitor experience. As well as serving as the home of the Jazz, the arena hosts a variety of other sports events and music concerts.