Three minutes into my first game, I planted my left foot awkwardly onto the court while passing the ball. I felt some weird and painful twinges in the bottom of my heel and hobbled off the court. Moments later, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey jokingly put me on the injured reserve list. A member of the training staff wrapped my foot in ice, another painful experience in and of itself. Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, walked by and joked something along the lines of, “Wait. Wasn’t the ice on your other foot a minute ago?”
A quarter-century ago, Utah welcomed “the place that Larry built” to downtown as it unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, then known as the Delta Center. On Wednesday, the team announced plans for “the place that Gail rebuilt” — which will be Vivint Smart Home Arena 2.0. The announcement was made during a presentation for dignitaries, season ticket holders and the media at the venue. “The arena has been a community gathering place for the past 25 years, and this renovation reaffirms our family commitment to the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City and the state of Utah,” said Gail Miller, owner and chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “The changes will benefit everyone who comes to the building for a sports event, concert or family show. We are pleased that the arena will once again serve as a first-class, state-of-the-art venue.”