The Utah Jazz today will make a "major facility announcement," and are expected to unveil plans to update EnergySolutions Arena. A news conference is scheduled for this 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." 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.
Utah Jazz arena announcement expected this afternoon
Salt Lake Tribune | Jun 17