SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – On Tuesday, the Vivint Smart Home Arena will be fully occupied for the first time since the pandemic, in time for Game 1 against the LA Clippers. More than 18,000 fans will enter the arena, which could boost the local economy.
“We expect an electrifying atmosphere,” Frank Zang, VP of Communications at Jazz, told ABC4.
Back to full capacity, which not only increases sales in the arena.
“We saw an increase in our merchandise sales over the course of the season. I think everyone in Salt Lake seems to have a Donovan Mitchell dark fashion jersey with the number 45, ”says Zang.
Businesses in downtown Salt Lake are feeling the impact.
“Fortunately, we’ve been very busy lately,” Hallpass partner chef Marc Marrone told ABC4.
Hallpass is near Gateway and Marrone says Tuesday afternoon is the so-called calm before the storm.
“Now, with the increased capacity for jazz, we expect a super full start to the evening and a super busy end to the night when the game is over,” explains Marrone.
After a challenging year, Hallpass is looking forward to finally getting back to normal.
“The staff were very patient and helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had the best possible guest experience,” says Marrone.
He hopes that more people who show up to downtown events like a jazz game will eventually help them grow.
Tip for game 1 against the Clippers is at 8:00 p.m. The doors open two hours in advance and tickets are still on sale.