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The Future of Sports and Entertainment in Salt Lake City

Jim Hill

Plans for a so-called “rejuvenation zone” in downtown Salt Lake City are quickly moving ahead, but there’s a lot we still don’t know.

Ryan Smith, the billionaire owner of the Utah Jazz and the state’s new NHL team, is spearheading a project that would give several blocks of downtown a major facelift. His plans include taking control of the two blocks east of the Delta Center, removing building-height restrictions there, keeping 30-years’ worth of a potential sales tax increase and possibly garnering additional tax subsidies. A host of state and local officials support the idea, and the project Smith hopes to emulate — L.A. Live — seems to have been a success. Oh, and the price tag for the plan? It’s in the billions. We’ll talk about what we know and what’s still up in the air for the future of downtown.

You can read more about the revitalization plan here and sign up for the public hearing onJune 11.


  • Benjamin Bombard | Producer, “RadioWest” on KUER
  • Robert Gehrke | Government and politics reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Airdate: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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