Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah: Our Home, Part 4

An overview of the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Photo credit:
An overview of the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Photo credit:

As we continue our blog series on Salt Lake City, our focus on the hallmarks of downtown continues to take us westward to another hub for activity: the Vivint Smart Home Arena, better known as the Vivint Arena.

Ask a local Salt Laker, though, and they might still refer to it as the Delta Center, the original namesake of the facility when it was opened in 1991, and had the naming rights from Salt Lake City’s biggest airline, Delta Airlines. The Atlanta-based carrier operates 256 daily departures from SLC to destinations around the world, so it was only fitting that the company have a 20,000 seat arena with their name affixed to the exterior. Images of the Delta Center swirled around the world in the wake of the infamous Salt Lake tornado in 1999, but as with every other facility in the downtown core, it was quickly cleaned up and ready for use.

The Vivint Arena has been home to the following events over its lifetime so far: an NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA Finals, NCAA Tournaments, a round of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and skating events from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, hosted in Salt Lake City. Other big names have graced the Arena in its use as a concert venue, including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, U2, Taylor Swift, and The Rolling Stones, with comedy routines by Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, and Brian Regan. It has also been home to rodeos, monster truck shows, hockey, and professional wrestling.

Nowadays, though, the Vivint Arena is primarily known for being the home of the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City’s NBA team. Currently led by Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert, the team of John Stockton and Karl Malone has its origins in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Jazz was started in 1974 as an expansion team, but relocated to Salt Lake City five years later, bringing the name and Mardi Gras colors in tow which continues to tie the franchise back to its founding city.

While the success of the Jazz has ebbed and flowed since their move to Salt Lake City, they have been a continual presence at the Vivint Arena since moving from the Salt Palace Convention Center in 1991. A lot in Salt Lake City revolves around what happens at the arena, too, outside of basketball and concerts.

After the facility was initially constructed, the Utah Transit Authority‘s TRAX light rail system’s first phase consisted of its northern terminus immediately next to the Delta Center. With wide platforms and decoration for the upcoming 2002 Winter Olympics, the Delta Center station served as a major hub for commuters in and out of downtown Salt Lake City. However, when the naming rights to the building were changed from Delta Airlines to the local nuclear waste-disposal company Energy Solutions, not only was there some community backlash, but the UTA changed the name of the station from “Delta Center” to “Arena.” It has stayed this way ever since. While it is no longer a UTA TRAX terminus station, Arena still serves as the primary public transportation access point to the Vivint Arena, Gateway Mall, and Triad Center, as well as a transfer point between the TRAX Blue and Green lines.

As the Vivint Arena begins to undergo major renovations to bring it up to date with comparable facilites around the United States, we at VIP Limousine wanted to take a moment and recognize what the building has done for Salt Lake City. Not only is it a location where we pick up and drop off concert-goers and basketball fans, but it is also a centerpiece to our home. If you ever need a ride in order to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking at Vivint Arena, we are available and at your service.

Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah: Our Home, Part 3

An overview of the eastern side of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. Photo credit:
An overview of the eastern side of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. Photo credit:

With a growing population and presence on the world stage, Salt Lake City is becoming home to more and more businesses, people, and major events. Many of these take place in the downtown area, and involve today’s subject: the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Located one block west of Main Street in the heart of downtown, the Salt Palace Convention Center, or the Salt Palace as it is known locally, has massive meeting spaces and exhibit halls as well as private offices. The facility hosts everything from Salt Lake Comic Con, the second largest in the United States, to RootsTech Conventions, from concerts to state political events. It covers 679,000 square feet of space, which can be flexibly tailored to attendee needs. You know there’s an event occurring at the Salt Palace when your lunchtime crowds are larger than usual at City Creek Center and other local restaurants around the downtown core.

The Salt Palace was originally constructed in 1969, but 48 years later it has changed into something else entirely, with new spaces and a complete renovation of the interior and exterior. It is named after Utah’s longest-serving governor in the state’s history, Calvin L. Rampton, an attorney and businessman born and raised in Davis County, just to the north of Salt Lake City.

The Salt Palace is owned governed by Salt Lake County, in addition to several other public venues and meeting spaces. It’s a great space to gather, an excellent addition to the Salt Lake City skyline, and in a very convenient location. We enjoy taking clients to and from the facility on a regular basis, for whatever the occasion.

Testimonial Tuesday: Airport and More

“VIP Limo transports me using their black car service to and from the airport, frequently. They are not only on time but early. Each driver puts my luggage in the car and opens my door for me. The pick up point at the airport is so convenient and I’ve never had to wait. The vehicles have been clean and each driver dressed impeccably!
Lane and Nedzad are very polite and professional. I feel safe and comfortable with them. Mark and Michelle have also been my drivers. They are very courteous and pleasant as well.
I have also used VIP stretch limo and the Mercedes for trips to the ballet and out to dinner. We had a wonderful time for my friends birthday. They drove us to dinner, picked us up then drove us to the piano bar and then home. Wow, VIP is awesome. Thank you for making my trips to the airport so stress free.” -R Fairfield, Google

City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah: Our Home, Part 2

The exterior of City Creek Center seen from Main Street in Salt Lake City. Photo source: City Creek Center.
The exterior of City Creek Center seen from Main Street in Salt Lake City. Photo source: City Creek Center.

At VIP Limousine, we love our hometown of Salt Lake City. We also love to share what it has to offer. Continuing on the theme of the prior posting (which can be found here), today’s post focuses on the downtown area. Specifically, we want to talk about City Creek Center, better known just as City Creek.

Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City had a downtown core which was starting to die. Shuttered shops and a not-so-vibrant business vibe defined Main Street just south of Temple Square. To start a turnaround, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints employed its for-profit business arm and enlisted the help of Taubman Centers, a Michigan-based company, to redevelop the Main Street mall area beginning in 2003.

After a lengthy period of construction, City Creek Center opened in March 2012, with a completely revitalized area consisting of over 100 stores, restaurants, and high-rise apartments. Encompassing property on two square city blocks and connected by a sky bridge, City Creek Center adds further definition and opportunity to the downtown core of a growing Salt Lake City. The facility features a creek–with fish–running down the central walkways on the ground floor in a fully climate-controlled environment. Each main mall segment also features a cantilevered roof which folds away when the weather is nice, and closes when it’s inclement to maximize a balance between a pleasant outdoor experience and full comfort while exploring all it has to offer.

Between the western and eastern sides of the mall section is the sky bridge on the second floor, which features a historical map of the downtown area when it was first settled by the Pioneers. Be sure to check it out to compare how Salt Lake City has developed and get your directional bearings as well.

Access to City Creek Center is very easy. From the airport, VIP Limousine brings clients to the facility in about 5-10 minutes. Additionally, the Utah Transit Authority not only has nearby bus connections within the Free Fare Zone, but also has a TRAX light rail station (City Center) directly under the sky bridge, served by the Blue and Green lines. This connects the mall with the rest of the Salt Lake valley, with further connections to Utah, Davis, and Weber counties by rail.

Want to stay nearby? City Creek Center is near a myriad of hotels, including the following within walking distance: Marriott and its sub-brands, The Grand America Hotel, The Little America Hotel, Radisson, Hilton, and several others. We service each of these locations regularly with our black car and limousine options.

Our Cadillac Escalade awaiting passengers at the Salt Lake City Hilton near City Creek Center.
Our Cadillac Escalade awaiting passengers at the Salt Lake City Hilton near City Creek Center.

We believe that Salt Lake City has a lot to offer, and the City Creek Center development is a beautiful contribution to the downtown area of our home. Stay tuned for more blog updates!

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah: Our Home, Part 1

Greetings from VIP Limousine!

As spring starts to come into view with the ski season slowing down and the white peaks turning brown and green, we wanted to take some time to talk about our hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. We might be biased, but it’s definitely a unique and beautiful place. Today we want to focus on the downtown area, specifically the most famous part of the city.

The picture above was taken at Temple Square, the center of Salt Lake City. It’s not as tall as One World Trade Center, the Sears Tower, or The Shard; it doesn’t tower over everything around it like the Eiffel Tower or the CN Tower; and it’s not as old as Petra or the Pyramids of Giza. And that is perfectly okay. It’s majestic in its own right, with manicured grounds and beautiful architecture.

At the center of it all is the Salt Lake Temple, the multi-spired majestic namesake structure which dominates the square itself. While access to the interior of the Salt Lake Temple is limited to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whom are worthy to attend, the grounds and tours of the temple are open to all whenever the gates are unlocked. There are a slew of information displays and two visitor centers providing even more information on the grounds of Temple Square itself.

Adjacent to the Salt Lake Temple is the Tabernacle, a building constructed for meetings and musical performances, primarily by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The 360-person ensemble performs here every week, and broadcasts music live around the world, with the backing of an orchestra and massive organ. The building was erected by an expert in bridge construction, allowing for the span without any central columns. What it also did was create a space with essentially perfect acoustics. Don’t miss the pin drop at the start of each performance!

There is one building constructed from leftovers on Temple Square, and that is Assembly Hall. It’s a multipurpose building with an organ and space for a small concert and religious meetings. While often overlooked, it is worth checking out if you take a visit there.

Temple Square is also near some more administrative and historical centers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it is also home to another historical building: The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly known as Hotel Utah. It’s a multi-purpose facility like Assembly Hall, but it serves as more of a venue than a meetinghouse. The JSMB has meeting rooms, offices, beautiful open public space, and restaurant options including The Nauvoo Cafe, The Garden Restaurant, and The Roof Restaurant, a Best of State award-winning establishment with a stunning view across the city. That they are all within one block, let alone one building, is just one example of the accessibility of the many surprises and great elements of Salt Lake City.

We at VIP Limousine are familiar with Temple Square, not only because we live around here, but also because we take our clients there! The area is perfect for prom nights, music events, or a night out in one of the cleanest cities in the world. We love our hometown, and would love to help show it to you, whether you live here or are visiting from outside of the area. Give us a call to take you to Temple Square, and you will experience VIP treatment and the spirit of Salt Lake City.

We will continue to do profiling on our home, so stay tuned for more!