The seats at Vivint Arena are getting an upgrade. The Utah Jazz announced Monday that the green plastic chairs that have been a part of the arena since it opened in 1991 will be replaced with cushioned blue seats thoughout the arena as a part of the building’s renovation efforts that will be completed by this fall.
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In addition to the seating change, the Jazz announced there will also be formation of a “super club” on level two with space for 1,700 guests. The space will wrap around two-thirds of the arena and include open social spaces with a variety of meal options.
Qualtrics has been interested in a relationship with the NBA and had a brief discussion with the Jazz on arena naming rights. There is a business component to the relationships. Qualtrics is investing money in the Jazz and will provide the franchise with valuable information on the fan experience.
Andy Larsen: Steve Starks said the Jazz haven’t decided what color the new seats will be. Maybe even still green! I’d be surprised, though.
Andy Larsen: Jazz will reveal Vivint Arena renovation plans next Wed, Sept. 21, at 1:30 PM. Gail Miller, Steve Starks, Jim Olson speaking.
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February 24, 2018 | 4:56 pm EST Update
Tim Bontemps: The Timberwolves have announced an MRI on Jimmy Butler’s right knee revealed a “meniscal” injury. His timeline to return is TBD. Given the potential outcomes, probably the best news the Wolves could’ve hoped for.
Nick Friedell: The good news for T’Wolves is that it wasn’t an ACL injury for Butler. The bad news is that depending on how severe the meniscus injury is that’s usually at least several weeks off the floor in a best case scenario.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs have announced Manu Ginobili is QUESTIONABLE to play at CLE Sunday with a bruised sternum. Kawhi is also OUT.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets coach Michael Malone today on Torrey Craig, who’s battling a left hamstring strain – “I’m surprised its taken this long… I think it was in that last Houston game…he continued to push, push, push and I think he really reaggravated it.”
February 24, 2018 | 12:47 pm EST Update
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more — there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.”