INDIANAPOLIS — Everybody who attends a Utah Jazz game in coming seasons will get a seat upgrade.
As part of their $125 million arena renovation, the Jazz are installing new seats throughout Vivint Arena.
Fans of the plastic green seats that have been a feature of the arena since it opened as the Delta Center in 1991 might be a bit disappointed. The new seats will be navy blue. They will also be much more comfortable — fully upholstered, plush back and contour foam seats. The team hasn’t announced the new seating arrangement, but the preliminary plans called for fewer than the current capacity of 19,911.
“While we will all miss the green seats, these new cushioned Jazz blue chairs will provide our guests an upgraded experience as they attend Jazz games, concerts and other events in the arena,” Jazz president Steve Starks said.
The green seats will be offered as a keepsake to season ticket holders who renew their seats for next season.
The team also announced that the arena renovation will include a super club with gathering space for 1,700 guests. It will be located on level two of the arena behind the lower bowl seats.
The arena’s transformation begins in earnest this week with construction on the place and other public facing areas. The complete project is expected to be done before the beginning of the 2017-18 season this fall.
The renovation will include redesigns for the upper and lower bowls, an expanded main entrance, open social corners on level six along with new clubs, restaurants, suites and seats.
“One of our priorities in determining the top-to-bottom improvements has been to make changes that will benefit everyone,” said Steve Miller, chairman of the arena renovation committee. “The upgraded seats will be for all our guests to enjoy. We have the best and most loyal fans in the NBA and we want to treat them that way.”
TO-DO LIST: Gordon Hayward, the 2010 NCAA national player of the year with Butler, had several things he wanted to do while in his hometown for a couple of days.
Shoot at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Visit friends and family. Get a thin slice of pepperoni pizza at an Indy pizzeria called Donatos.
One thing on his to-do list, however, didn't get checked off.
"It was nice to get a chance to go to Hinkle (Sunday). We got some shots up and saw some people over there. That was fun," Hayward said. "Always on the to-do list is to get a win. That will take place tonight."
Though Hayward notched a career-high with 38 points, the win did not take place. The All-Star did snap out of a two-game slump, though.
"We wanted him to continue to attack and he's done that through the course of the season," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "He did that tonight and he was rewarded for it."
INJURY PLAGUED: It didn't help the Jazz's cause that they continue to be hampered by medical issues. Rodney Hood played with knee soreness Monday, but he was limited to 15 minutes and admitted his knee didn't feel great. Derrick Favors (knee) also missed, as did Shelvin Mack (ankle).
Not having Favors' size and Hood's shooting is making it difficult on the Jazz.
"It's March, almost April," Hayward said. "Guys will be banged up and we have to try to figure out where we are going to be down the stretch."