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EnergySolutions Arena
"ESA"
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Energysolutionsarena
Location 301 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Broke ground May 22, 1990
Opened October 4, 1991
Owner Estate of Larry H. Miller
Operator Estate of Larry H. Miller
Construction cost $93 million
Former names Delta Center (1991–2006)
Salt Lake Ice Center (2002 Winter Olympics)
Tenants Utah Jazz (National Basketball Association) (1991-present)
Utah Blaze (Arena Football League) (2006-2008)
Utah Starzz ([Women's National Basketball Association) (1997-2002)
Utah Grizzlies (IHL) (1995-1997)
Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL) (1991-1994)
Capacity Basketball: 19,911
Ice hockey / Ice Floor: 14,000
Concert in the round: 20,000
End stage concert: 15,000
Dirt show: 15,000

The 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 until EnergySolutions purchased the naming rights, effective November 20, 2006. The arena is the home of the National Basketball Association'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 and short track speed skating competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics (during the Olympics, the arena was referred to as the Salt Lake Ice Center).

History Edit

The arena 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. Under the leadership and private financing of Utah businessman Larry H. Miller, ground was broken on May 22, 1990, and it was completed on October 4, 1991 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 on October 16, 1991, which the home team lost 4-2. The Eagles had also played the inaugural game in the Salt Palace when it opened on October 10, 1969. The Eagles, which were purchased by Miller in 1990, lost nearly a million dollars annually and would not long play in the Delta Center.


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