Which National Basketball Association (NBA) team played their home venue games in the Delta Center until 2006?
The arena that served as the home venue for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Utah Jazz until 2006 was the Delta Center. Opened in 1991, the arena was called the Delta Center, under a naming rights deal with Delta Air Lines, which has a flight hub at Salt Lake City International Airport. The Salt Lake City based company EnergySolutions purchased the naming rights in November 2006, after Delta decided not to renew their 15-year contract. Delta had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the year prior. From 2006 to 2015, the arena was simply known as EnergySolutions Arena.
On October 26, 2015, the arena was renamed as part of a 10-year naming rights contract with the Provo-based home security system provider Vivint. In August 2020, the arena dropped the words “Smart Home” in the title to become Vivint Arena.
Vivint Arena (Delta Center) seats 18,306 for basketball and has 56 luxury suits and 668 club seats. This arena is well known for being one of the hardest places for visiting NBA teams to play basketball against the Jazz. According to an NBA Players Poll taken by 'Sports Illustrated' on February 11, 2008, the Vivint Arena (Delta Center) is considered "the most intimidating arena in the NBA" with 20% of the vote made up of 240 current NBA players.