The rivalry between the Jazz and Rockets dates back to the 1990s when these two regularly fought for Midwest Division supremacy. During the 90s the teams met in the playoffs four times and a strong distaste was developed between Drexler and the Dream and the Mailman and Stockton. The rivalry may not be as intense as it once was, but you’ll still find plenty of Jazz fans who have a strong dislike for the Rockets.
The Jazz and Nuggets are the only two NBA teams located in the Rocky Mountains and as a result, has played in the same division throughout most of their history. The two teams have also met in the playoffs four times with their matchup in 1994 being particularly intense. If you want to experience Delta Center at its best, then make sure to attend a Jazz game when the Nuggets are in town.
Utah Jazz Stadium Guide
The Utah Jazz is celebrating 25 years in their current arena, which is still a great place to take in an NBA game. The stadium is located near two excellent shopping centers, so if you love to shop then, you’ll love your trip to a Jazz game. Both the City Creek Center and the Gateway outdoor mall offer great places to eat and drink before and after the game, and you can’t go wrong stopping at either of them.
Once inside the arena, you’ll find an incredible atmosphere that is enhanced by the hometown fans’ support for their team. The Jazz are the only major professional sports team in Utah, which means that no matter how the team is doing, you’ll usually find a packed house. The fan support here in Salt Lake City has been among the best over the years and has even earned the arena the reputation as one of the most intimidating in the NBA.
Another nice touch inside the stadium is its nod to its Olympic history. The Delta Center hosted figure skating and short-track speed skating during the 2002 Olympics and all around the arena you can find tributes to these events. You’ll encounter an excellent in-game atmosphere in Salt Lake City making it well worth your while to make the trip.
All around the arena you’ll find reminders to the fact that the Olympics were held here. The arena was the site of figure skating and short-track speed skating during the 2002 Olympics, so make sure to check out these Olympic remnants during your visit.
For years, the Jazz's arena was lacking an HD video board above center court. However, in 2013 the arena’s video system finally received an upgrade. Make sure to check out this impressive video board during your trip to Salt Lake City
The Jazz’s Hall of Fame mascot Bear is one of the best in the NBA. Bear performs some incredible stunts, such as a one-handed handstand on top of a 50 ft ladder, and is one of the most beloved mascots in the NBA so keep an eye for him.
The rhythm of the Jazz Drumline brings the arena to life. You can’t help but rise to your feet when this outstanding drumline performs. The Jazz Drumline also features some of the most colorful uniforms of any drumline in the NBA, so make sure to check those out as well.
The interactive team gets everyone in the upper bowl up and cheering. The interactive team get the arena rocking and help create an incredible atmosphere so get loud when you see them for your chance to win some cool prizes.