The construction phase for the significant improvements to Vivint Smart Home Arena began the on main plaza and ticket box office lobby last week following the conclusion of first- and second-round games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The installation of construction fencing on the northeast corner of the plaza, the closure and temporary relocation of the main ticket box office and the demolition and removal of the concrete bridge in front of the main Door 5 entry are tangible signs of the start of the $125 million arena renovation.

The majority of the construction will begin at the conclusion of the current Utah Jazz basketball season with anticipated completion by fall 2017. Events will continue at the arena during construction

“We are excited to begin construction on the renovation and look forward to seeing the transformation of the arena over the next several months,” said Steve Starks, president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. “The construction may cause some temporary inconveniences for our guests so we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding through the process. Inside the arena, we will continue to a provide full array of guest services along with a lineup of great sports and entertainment events, including Jazz basketball. At the conclusion of the season, the arena will be closed as we upgrade the building amenities for a fall re-opening.”

Okland Construction Co., a regional general contracting and construction management company based in Salt Lake City, has been selected as the general contractor for the arena project.

“Okland Construction is proud to be part of the Vivint Smart Home Arena renovation,” said Brett Okland, president of the company. “We are grateful to the Miller family, the Utah Jazz, and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment for their significant contribution to our community. We are delighted to be a part of the renovation of this acclaimed venue and to work with our subcontractor partners to make it a success.”

Effective March 23, the box office will be relocated to a storefront on 100 South adjacent to the Courtyard Marriott. Ticket sales and the event day will-call window will be moved to the new location across the street from the statues of John Stockton and Karl Malone on the southeast plaza.

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