Ryan Smith Speaks On Delta Center Plans, Hosting NBA/NHL Seamlessly

Apr 19, 2024, 7:04 PM | Updated: Apr 22, 2024, 4:22 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – At the introductory press conference for the NHL in Utah, Ryan Smith spoke on plans for Delta Center as the arena prepares to host two major-four sports teams.

Smith said that Delta Center will undergo renovations to seat 17,500 for hockey games.

Smith said that the goal is for Delta Center to be just as much a home for the Jazz as it is for the new NHL team. This means figuring out how to maximize seating and comfortability for both hockey and basketball fans.

The NHL and Smith Entertainment Group are confident that they can do just that in downtown Salt Lake City.

With arena troubles being the main reason the Arizona Coyotes fell flat, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that Utah officials assured him that “arena drama” would not be an issue.

Following the press conference, KSL Sports Live’s Sam Farnsworth spoke one-on-one with Smith. The new NHL owner told KSL Sports the response to the franchise landing in the state has been “incredible.”

Smith called the yet-to-be-named team a “community asset” and said that he hopes “we understand the moment.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by KSL Sports (@kslsports)

About 30 hours after the franchise was officially awarded to the Beehive State, Smith Entertainment Group had received more than 22,700 deposits for season tickets.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.



Kyle Ireland

Utah Goalie Connor Ingram Wins Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The NHL announced Utah goalie Connor Ingram as the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2023-24 season.

6 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Josh Doan: Move To Utah ‘Has Chance To Be Something Special’, Talks Favorite Team Names

Right wing Josh Doan said the NHL team's relocation from Arizona to Utah "has the chance to be something special."

6 days ago


Tegan Stevens, KSL Sports

Utah Represented In Ice Hockey World Championships

Utahns have extra incentive to watch this year’s tournament as they are represented by four players and the head coach of our new NHL team.

8 days ago

Lawson Crouse Utah NHL Hockey Team...

Chandler Holt

Lawson Crouse Opens Up About Relocation Drama, First Impressions Of Utah

Utah Hockey Team's Lawson Crouse goes over the chaotic last couple of months that saw him pack up his bags and head to Salt Lake City.

11 days ago

NHL Utah Questions...

Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell’s Official Analysis Of Every Potential Utah NHL Team Name

The official list of possible names for the Utah NHL Team is out. I encourage everyone to exercise your duty as a Utahn and go vote.

12 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Smith Entertainment Group Reveals Survey To Name Utah’s NHL Team

Smith Entertainment Group revealed the widely anticipated survey to name Utah's National Hockey League franchise.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Ryan Smith Speaks On Delta Center Plans, Hosting NBA/NHL Seamlessly