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The Delta Center is the home of The Utah Jazz team of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was opened in 1991 as The Delta Center.

The indoor venue is also popular for events such as concerts and other sporting events. The 2002 Winter Olympics had figure skating and short-track speed skating competitions at The Delta Center.

Ground was broken for The Delta Center on May 22, 1990, under the leadership and financing of Larry H. Miller, a Utah businessman. The first basketball game played in the arena was a Jazz pre-season game against the New York Knicks.
Over a year after the death of Miller, the Jazz basketball court was named in his honor.

The Delta Center had been named for Delta Air Lines, which had the naming rights contract. Delta Air Lines declined to renew their 15 year contract in 2006. Miller sold the naming rights to EnergySolutions. The naming rights were later acquired by Vivint.

Ryan Smith purchased Vivint Arena from the Miller family. It was part of an agreement which included the Utah Jazz NBA team.

On January 14, 2023, Delta Air Lines re-purchased the naming rights to the arena so the building went back to its original name of The Delta Center in July 2023.

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