SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
The arena is located in the very heart of Salt Lake City adjacent to the Union Pacific Depot. South Temple Street, which terminates at the depot, forms the northern edge of the ten acre block on which the arena sits. This historically important thoroughfare extends to the east and links the arena to the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Central Business District. The result is a healthy overlap of complimentary urban activities, which benefits the arena, along with other private businesses and public facilities in the area.
The primary design concept for the Vivint Smart Home Arena is that of a giant urban lantern surrounded by heavily landscaped plazas. The building has been rotated at 45º to the city grid system; creating three large triangular urban spaces and a sunken service yard. Within each of the three pedestrian spaces, there is a small amphitheater that has been used by civic and arts organizations for events such as the Salt Lake Arts and Living Traditions Festivals.
The building is transparent which allows activities along the concourses and circulation nodes to be visible from the street and plaza. Outward views of downtown Salt Lake City, the Oquirrh Range, the Great Salt Lake, and the Wasatch Mountains are superb. Principal circulation areas (stairs, elevators, and escalators) are located at the exterior building face which allows for clear, direct, and highly visible crowd movement. The arena is multi-use and the flexible seating arrangement, which has been optimized for basketball, accommodates hockey, wrestling, concerts, convocations, circuses, rodeos, vehicular competitions of all sorts and other entertainment activities.
Size 750,000 gsf; Concert: 21,000 seats; Basketball: 20,000 Seats; Hockey: 14,000 Seats