With NBA All-Star Game, Jazz owner wants to highlight Utah

(MENAFN) Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith hopes the NBA All-Star Game, which will play in Salt Lake City for the first time in thirty years, will help establish Utah as a venue for additional significant athletic events.

At a news conference on Monday, Smith said, "All eyes will be on us, but I think it is one more fascinating event in a sequence we need to have, we should have, and we're going to have."

On Feb. 19, Salt Lake City will host the 72nd NBA All-Star Game, which is anticipated to have a considerable economic impact over the following five days. For the weekend, all hotel rooms in the city and Salt Lake County are booked.

The Jazz were helped by the growth of their infrastructure to bring back the coveted game, which they last hosted in 1993. Within the previous five years, a number of hotels have opened close to Vivint Arena. Both the Salt Lake City International Airport and downtown Salt Lake City development projects have been completed.

“I always look at the growth of a city by the amount of cranes in the air. We’ve got a lot of them in Salt Lake City and that’s a good thing,” Smith added.



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