SALT LAKE CITY — A massive project that required 129 days, 200 trucks of concrete, 2,000 workers, 3,000 LED light fixtures, 17,500 ceiling tiles, 100,000 bolts for many of the 18,300ish cushioned seats, 500,000 man hours and countless hours of planning and beads of sweat from the Okland Construction-led crew — not to forget $125 million — has been completed.
On time, even.
After one heck of a busy summer, Vivint Arena is open again.
The Utah Jazz will leave the new J-Note light on for you.
With tears in her eyes and gratitude in her voice Tuesday morning, Jazz owner Gail Miller opened the doors to her family’s renovated home away from home and welcomed the world back to a cherished Utah hot spot that has hosted thousands of sporting events and entertainment shows since first opening in 1991.
“It’s the same old building,” Miller said, “but it has a new spirit, and it welcomes you.”
Let the games and concerts begin.
Legendary country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are first up on Wednesday night.
The Jazz, who had quite the 26-year ride in the original arena, will then take center court three times next week in preseason action.
Early reviews of the overhaul have been overwhelmingly positive. The Miller family, which owns the building and the NBA team, hosted an open house for the public on Tuesday after giving season-ticket holders a sneak preview of the arena last week. Employees who worked on the renovation were invited to a test-run concert by “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten a week ago.
“It looks amazing,” Jazz fan Mike England said after walking through the arena Tuesday morning. “It just looks updated. It looks modern. We’re going to be excited to go to a Jazz game.”
Jazz president Steve Starks liked how the changes — from sprucing up the exterior to widespread changes on all six interior levels — were described as making the building appear more “cosmopolitan” than previously.
“Somebody said the arena looks grown up,” Starks said.
The details — from the signage with basketballs and a unique Jazz font, the breathtaking views of the arena bowl from the opened-up corners, the stylish and expansive clubs and suites to the new cushioned seats — are dazzling.
Before the open house began, the Jazz…