EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States owned by the estate of
the late Larry H. Miller
. The arena seats 19,911 for basketball
, has 56 luxury suites
, and 668 club seats
. Opened in 1991, the arena was known
as the Delta Center
purchased the naming rights,
effective November 20, 2006. The arena is the home of the NBA
's Utah Jazz
From 2006 to 2008, the arena was the home of the Arena Football League
's Utah Blaze
. It was also home to the figure skating
track speed skating
competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics
Olympics, the arena was referred to as the Salt Lake Ice
was originally imagined as 20,000-seat home for the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Golden Eagles to replace
the since-demolished Salt
Palace arena, which had 12,616 seats.
leadership and private financing of Utah businessman Larry H. Miller
, ground was broken on May 22
, and it was
completed on October 4
in time for late-October basketball games, at a
cost of $93 million.
The first game played in the arena was a Golden Eagles match
against the Peoria Rivermen
which the home team lost 4-2. The Eagles had also played the inaugural game
in the Salt
Palace when it opened on October
The Eagles, which were
purchased by Miller in 1990, lost nearly a million dollars annually
and would not long play in the Delta Center.
The first basketball game played in the arena was a Jazz pre-season
loss against Patrick Ewing
New York Knicks
, 101–95. In addition
to sports, the arena was intended to host large music concerts. On
October 24, 1991, Oingo Boingo
the first headlining act to rock the Delta Center.
June 2005 photo of the venue, when it
was known as the Delta Center.
The 1993-95 Western Athletic
men's basketball tournaments were held at the
facility, as was the 1993 NBA All-Star Game
The arena's roof was damaged by severe winds associated with the
Salt Lake City Tornado
costing $3,757,000 to repair.
The facility played host to the 1999 US Figure Skating
. The arena was also home to the figure skating
and short track speed skating
competitions of the 2002 Winter
In addition to the Utah Jazz and Blaze
the arena has also been the home of the WNBA
's Utah Starzz
, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles
, and the
to 1997, both of the International Hockey
The movie Legally Blonde
was partially filmed in the arena.
serves as the
official EnergySolutions Arena public
voice for the Jazz. He has been the Jazz's home game
announcer since before the arena was built.
2006 photo of the name change taken by
a local resident.
Until November 20
, the arena was known as the Delta
. Delta Air Lines
declined to renew their 15-year naming rights contract, which
expired on September 30
. The stadium's owner, Larry H. Miller, opted to
sell naming rights to EnergySolutions
, a low-level nuclear waste
disposal company headquartered in Salt Lake City. The new name was
unveiled November 20, prior to the Jazz home game against the
. Two stickers were
placed on the court, covering up the arena's old name with the new
one. The EnergySolutions temporary logos were replaced with
official EnergySolutions logos on the court, sometime between the
December 16, 2006 game vs the Sacramento Kings and the 12-26-06
game vs the Los Angeles Clippers.
Initial fan reactions to the new name were predominantly negative.
Early nicknames for the arena included "the Dump", a jab at
EnergySolutions' radioactive and hazardous waste disposal
operations. Other suggestions included the Glow Dome, Radium
Stadium, the Isotope, ChernoBowl, JazzMat (short for Jazzardous
Materials), the Big Bang, the Tox Box, the Power House, the Hot
Spot, Plutonium Palace, the Fallout Shelter, the Melta Center, and
Energy Pollutions Arena. Many Salt Lake City residents still refer
to it as the Delta Center.
John Stockton and Karl Malone statues
Outside the arena are statues of two players regarded as among the
greatest in the history of the Jazz. The John Stockton
statue was unveiled on March 30
. The Karl Malone
statue was unveiled on March 23
. The Jazz played
games on each of those nights but both games were lost.
1999 Salt Lake City
- Hosted the 1993 US Gymnastics Championships.
- Home of the 1999 US Figure Skating
- Hosted a PBR Bud Light Cup event in 1999 and
- The figure skating and short track speed skating
competitions were held there during the 2002 Winter Olympics
- Hosted a sold out Rolling Stones
A Bigger Bang Tour concert in
2005. The group performed a two song
performance via satellite for the 2005 American Music Awards, with an
introduction by Nicole Richie.
- U2 played a sold out concert here during
their Vertigo Tour
- Metallica played a concert here during
their Death Magnetic tour on November
- Josh Groban's live concert DVD,
Awake Live was filmed at the arena in
- Blue Man Group Performed their
famed "How To Be A Megastar Tour" at the arena on October 30, 2006,
and February 2, 2008.
- Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus performed two sold out concerts here
during her Best of Both Worlds
Tour. One of the concerts was filmed and released in 2008 in
Disney Digital 3D in select
theaters for a limited run worldwide and on DVD.
- Hosted auditions for the eighth season of American Idol on July 29, 2008.
- Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire performed their 2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour 2008 at
the arena on October 10, 2008.
- Celine Dion performed her Taking Chances Tour at the arena on
February 22, 2009.
- Britney Spears recently played a
sold out concert The
Circus Starring: Britney Spears which came to the arena on
April 14, 2009.
- Will host the Sweet Sixteen
and Elite Eight Rounds of the 2010 NCAA Men's
Division I Basketball Tournament
- Miley Cyrus will return to the arena
for part of her Wonder World Tour
September 29, 2009
- Taylor Swift performed here on her Fearless Tour
Hosted the 1993 NBA All-Star Game