SALT LAKE CITY (November 20, 2006) – Larry H. Miller announced today a new partnership and naming rights for the home of the Utah Jazz. In agreement with EnergySolutions, a national energy services company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the home of the Utah Jazz is now renamed the EnergySolutions Arena.
The sponsorship deal reached today is a ten-year agreement which includes exclusive sponsorship and advertising rights and prominent signage on the exterior and interior of the building.
"As we were looking at companies to approach, EngerySolutions quickly rose to the top of the list as an ideal partner," said Larry H. Miller. "It is a national company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with a bright future and values shared by the Utah Jazz. For our arena, EnergySolutions was the right choice. This partnership strengthens our organization which provides the best in professional sports as well as the most entertaining family shows and concerts in Utah."
Early in the season, this year’s Utah Jazz has emerged as a young and progressive team in the NBA. EnergySolutions has also emerged this year as an industry leader making for an ideal partnership between the two organizations.
"I have long admired Larry Miller and his commitment to this community," said Steve Creamer, the president and chief executive officer of EnergySolutions. "No one has done more to make our community an attractive place to live. We share a common goal of making Salt Lake City and the State of Utah one of the most desirable and livable places in America. When the Larry H. Miller Group asked if we would be interested in a partnership, we were delighted with the opportunity."
Larry H. Miller built the arena in 1991 as the multi-purpose home of the Utah Jazz. Since that time the arena has entertained millions of Jazz fans, hosted the NBA Finals, 2002 Olympic Winter Games, hundreds of concerts, the circus and ice shows as the entertainment center of Salt Lake City.
EnergySolutions, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2004, provides a full range of waste management solutions, including decommissioning, decontamination, site closure, nuclear materials management and the safe, secure disposition of nuclear waste. EnergySolutions’ customers include government, utilities, universities, medical laboratories and pharmaceutical firms. It employs more than 2,000 people with over 500 based in Utah, comprised of scientists, nuclear engineers, technicians and support teams.
EnergySolutions is owned principally by Lindsay, Goldberg & Bessemer of New York City as well as the Utah investment firms of Peterson Partners and Creamer Investments.
Delta Air Lines will continue its relationship with the Utah Jazz as a sponsor and advertiser.
For a place that vibrates with monster truck energy and rock concert mayhem on so many nights of the year, Salt Lake City’s Delta Center is a wonderfully predictable place for sporting events.
That’s because when the Utah Jazz play here, it is where visiting teams come to lose. Home court advantage? It’s more like a weapon: the Jazz are 402-115 here.
"That’s the way we like it," said Scott Williams, Senior Vice President of Facilities for Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment.
Outside of Utah, the Delta Center is known as one of the nation’s top sports venues. Inside the state, it is known as the epicenter of action - hosting everything from 2002 Olympic Figure Skating to extreme sporting events like Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam.
Visiting NBA players like it for the same reasons most visitors do. It’s clean and well lit and features a stylized "twisted" architectural shape, so it appears inviting and energetic, rather than sitting squarely like an office tower. Plus, the full-time staff of 175 (and more than 1,000 part time employees) add immeasurably to its clean and friendly atmosphere.
And, according to Williams, visiting players also like the big, clean locker rooms and it’s easy access. On the other hand, these same visiting players do not like it for many reasons.
"On any given night, the Delta Center becomes it’s own city with 20,000 energetic fans alongside ushers, catering, security, police, paramedics and media – all doing their thing amidst an NBA basketball game, " said Dennis V. Haslam, President of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment. "It’s a loud, noisy place. Jazz fans love it. And our opponents often find it intimidating," Haslam added.
Simply put, Utahns have put the "fan" back in fanatic. In a state with just over 2 million people, a total of 1.1 million visitors come to be entertained here every year. That includes an average of 17,000 fans attending 43 Jazz games, not counting playoff games. During the drama of the 1997 and 1998 NBA finals, it was the Jazz that brought the Delta Center its greatest moments; and what was then thought to be Michael Jordan’s last career shot.
During those memorable occasions, more than 600 media were present amidst capacity crowds. But the NBA finals were hardly the only noteworthy occurrences here.
"The Grateful Dead came in the early ‘90s, and brought plenty of culture shock, with deadheads living in the parking lot across the street for three days," Williams said. "It was a big sanitation challenge but they came to have fun, not cause damage, and it went over well. Four straight nights of sold out Garth Brooks in his heyday was memorable, as well."
And who could forget the afternoon of August 11, 1999? That was the day when a surprise tornado tore a hole in the roof and ripped the Delta Center wide open, blowing out 700 windows at total cost of $5 million. Yet within 48 hours, the shows went on.
New this year at the Delta Center is a video production room. Instead of outsourcing video elements that are shown on the jumbo screen during live events, each video piece will now be created on-site with cutting-edge technology.
Also, one of the most popular ways Utah corporations reward their employees just got better. Seats in the Delta Center’s luxury suites and meeting rooms are being remodeled with new carpet and lighting. The Delta Center’s floor is newly painted as well, and freshly upholstered seats reflect the new Jazz colors of dark and light blue.
Sound appetizing? Most of us can’t have dinner at an NBA star’s house, but you can come close by eating at the home of the Jazz.
Most folks are unaware the Delta Center has six full-time chefs. All-Star Catering is an independent, on-site entity offering everything from concessions, like pizza and ice cream, to black-tie sit-down dinners served to more than 2,500 people.
There are 56 luxury suites, but All-Star also caters to small groups (18 to 20 guests) for parties, banquets, and receptions, and they also serve up their fine fare off-site as well.
Food, luxury suites and NBA action aside, the Delta Center is simply where the action is in Utah. "I’ve been here since pre-construction 14 years ago," Williams said, "and I still get excited about just coming into the building."
When the crowds disperse, when the applause dies down, Williams likes to come and sit in the empty arena.
"You can just shut your eyes and see indoor motorcycle races or Michael Jordan leaping, or an Olympic Russian figure skating scandal unfolding or Apollo Ohno speed skating," he said. "And every day becomes a new season. We had 26 events in September! There definitely aren’t any days to sit around and get bored."