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Ryan Smith Teases New Downtown Arena Rendering Focused On Pro Sports Arena

Feb 27, 2024, 11:11 AM | Updated: 11:18 am

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8 Feb 2001: The plaza outside the Delta Center is peppered with snow as the 2001 Four Continents Championships are heald inside at the Delta Center, site of the Figure Skating Competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger / ALLSPORT)

(Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger / ALLSPORT)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith took to social media to tease a reimagined downtown arena featuring a newly designed NBA and NHL arena.

“Downtown Salt Lake City is the heart of Utah,” Smith posted.

“Our efforts are not about an arena, it’s about revitalizing a downtown that desperately needs investment. Imagine a downtown experience like this with the NBA / NHL at its core.”

Ryan Smith Shares Rendering Of Downtown Arena

Smith shared the drawing of the revitalized arena amid his bid to bring an NHL franchise to the state of Utah.

In January, the Smith Entertainment Group submitted a request for the NHL to kickstart the expansion process with the ultimate goal of bringing a hockey team to Utah.

The rendering shows a glass front multi-purpose arena lined by storefronts leading to the building.

“SEG envisions a near future where the NHL will thrive in Utah, and we are 100% focused on making this happen as soon as possible,” Smith said.

RELATED: Answering The Most Asked Questions Regarding NHL Coming To Utah

“We are passionate about sports and entertainment in the state and are committed to providing premium sports and entertainment experiences for the people of Utah and visitors from around the world. We are ready to welcome the NHL and are confident that the time and attention being spent by all parties will bring one of the most exciting and dynamic leagues in the world to our community on a permanent basis.”

Smith has said that an NHL team could immediately begin play at the Delta Center while they explore options for a long term solution for a hockey arena.

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