Smith Entertainment Group has expressed interest in building a new arena for the Utah Jazz and an NHL team in Draper. Salt Lake City’s mayor and other SLC stakeholders will try to keep the Jazz in downtown SLC.
A new story on the Jazz's someday desire for a new arena:— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 8, 2023
- Jazz ownership met with Point of the Mountain in Draper leaders "about a year ago"
- Salt Lake City mayor Erin Mendenhall says she's "working hard" to keep Jazz downtown
The rationale behind moving the team arena south to Draper would be the creation of an entertainment district that would be surrounding the new arena. This potential entertainment district could include restaurants, bars, hotels, stores and other businesses. the Smith Entertainment Company would own the entertainment district. Other big market sports teams have created entertainment districts around their arenas and have generated considerable revenue because of them.
The current Delta Center is not ideal for hosting an NHL team (capped seating capacity for hockey games with the Delta centers construction), which is something Ryan Smith has expressed interest in.
Bill Daly confirms the NHL has heard directly from Salt Lake City (Utah Jazz/Ryan Smith) about their interest in having an NHL team.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 3, 2023
(Potential relocation spot for the Coyotes although Bettman doubles down on saying he hopes to find a solution in Arizona)
The bottom line, key aspects of the potential new arena would be building it with the goal of hosting both an NBA and NHL team. Additionally, it would be easier to build out an entertainment district in Draper than in packed downtown Salt Lake City.