UTAH JAZZ

39. Celebrities At Jazz Games

Sep 11, 2021, 7:35 AM
Jay Z among several celebrities as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Harry How/Ge...
Jay Z among several celebrities as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz open their season on October 20, just 39 days from today. With the clock ticking, we look at 50 things for Jazz fans to be excited about leading up to the 2021-22 NBA season. Coming in at number 39, celebrities making cameos at Jazz games.

Celebrities At Jazz Games

It’s clear the Jazz aren’t the Los Angeles Lakers, nor are they the New York Knicks as they’ll never regularly have a Jack Nicholson or a Spike Lee sitting courtside at the majority of their games.

In recent years, however, Vivint Arena hasn’t been foreign to having celebrities drop in for cameo appearances at Jazz games.

Even last season when the stands were only partially filled throughout the majority of the season, the Jazz welcomed a handful of celebrities to their games.

In February, Ant-Man actor Michael Pena made a surprise appearance at a game.

Pena is a friend of owner Ryan Smith who has not been shy about welcoming high profile, including famed local PGA tour pro Tony Finau.

Last year during the playoffs rapper T-Pain also made an appearance sitting courtside as the Jazz hosted the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City.

The star, known for popularizing auto-tune was in town as part of a promotion with Ruffles.

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has been seen courtside at Jazz games prior to last season.

Perhaps most famously, senator Mitt Romney caused a stir in 2018 when the Jazz hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

The former presidential nominee taunted superstar guard Russell Westbrook who picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter of one of the matchups.

The celebrity found most commonly sitting courtside now is Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade who purchased a minority share of the team in April.

The future Hall of Famer regularly sits with Smith in the owners’ seats directly across from the team bench. During the postseason, actor and model wife Gabrielle Union accompanied her power couple husband to a few games.

Which celebrities will Smith and Wade attract to Jazz games this season with looser restrictions at Vivint Arena? That’s storyline number 39 of 50 in our countdown of things for Jazz fans to watch ahead of opening night.

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39. Celebrities At Jazz Games