Salt Lake Ice Center or Vivint Smart Home Arena
Backstory and Context
Vivint Smart Home Arena (or Salt Lake Ice Center) is an indoor arena located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The place is the home of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). According to Utah tourism department, the arena was opened in 1991 and was known as the Delta Center. In October 26, 2015, the arena was renamed as a part of a ten years naming contract with Provo, Utah based home security system provider Vivint. The arena has 19, 911 regular seats, 56 luxury suits, and 668 club seats.
During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, due to International Olympic Committee policies about having corporate sponsorship for venues, the arena was known as the Salt Lake Ice Center. The facility hosted the 1999 US Figure Skating Championships. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the arena was the home for the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions.
Vivint Smart Home Arena is well known for being on of the hardest places to play for visiting teams for NBA players. According Sports Illustrated, the arena is considered “the most intimidating arena in the NBA” and many commentators referred to the arena as the “Decibel Center.” During the 1997 NBA Finals a decibel meter installed at floor level indicated reading of over 110 decibels, close to the noise generated by a jet takeoff. As a result, the arena has a reputation being one of the loudest places in sports.
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The Olympic Winter Games, Fundamental and Ceremonies, Salt Lake City