Delta Air Lines has acquired the naming rights for the stadium of NBA side Utah Jazz.

The multi-use sports and entertainment centre, home to the Utah Jazz and more than 320 evenings of events each year, is rebranded as Delta Center – effective July 2023 as part of a multi-year partnership.

Ryan Smith, Owner of the Utah Jazz and Chairman of Smith Entertainment Group, said: “I have so many amazing memories of the Delta Center as a kid, and I know that countless people throughout Utah and beyond had similar experiences creating core memories there, whether watching the Olympics & Paralympic Winter Games, the NBA Finals, concerts, or other incredible events.

“We are excited to partner with Ed Bastian and the entire Delta team to not only bring back the arena’s original name, but also leverage the amazing work Delta is doing to provide incredible experiences for the people of our state and help show the world how amazing Utah is.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Utah Jazz Owners Ryan and Ashley Smith hosted a joint media event over the weekend, ahead of Utah Jazz’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers which resulted in a 117-118 loss.

“Today we celebrate a new chapter in the longstanding history between Delta, the Utah Jazz and the Salt Lake City community,” said Bastian. 

“The homecoming of the Delta Center represents a continued investment and dedication to Salt Lake City, and together we will provide a leading sports and entertainment experience to the city and Jazz fans worldwide.”

The pair have asserted that they will continue partnering to support community programs across the state.

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