Sunday, August 4 2013, 11:16 PM MDT
Person 2 Person: Changes to Energy Solutions Arena
Steve Miller talks about the changes coming to the Energy Solutions Arena and the new generation of the Utah Jazz.
SHAUNA LAKE: Don’t you love being in your forties too because you are your own man now. You’re taking on all these new responsibilities with the Jazz. Tell me what some of those are and big new plans for ESA. It’s a new era, a new generation and exciting new things are happening.
STEVE MILLER: Well it’s interesting because I used to look at people, when I was younger I would look at people in the forties and think man they’re ancient. Now that I’m forty I think wow I don’t feel old. So I look around at what other 40 year olds are doing and I’ve got a lot on my plate compared to a lot of then, but they’ve got a lot on their plates as well in different ways. But this is an arena as we’ve just talked about that you know it’s been here for a long time and it’s going to need to serve us well going into the future. So the plans that we have this year with the LED package and the score signage and those types of things that’s a big improvement for us. It’s a significant investment. We’re really excited about it. We’re really excited about the impact that it’s going to have on the fan experience and the quality of the presentation of the game and events and so on and so forth. Not just the team but for concerts and other events. It’s going to be a neat addition to the arena.
SHAUNA LAKE: When a star comes to Utah, they come to ESA. There’s just not that many places where a performer is going to go and have a concert. So it has to be perfect right? Do you feel that pressure?
STEVE MILLER: We do. We really do. And to that end my parents used to talk about the arena as an extension of their living room. They used to talk about, well we still talk about with our employees now, when we open the doors to this arena whether it for a Jazz game, a concert, or whatever the activity might be a family show, the circus, whatever, we’re inviting 20,000 people into a building that’s an extension of our family and our business and like I said, my parents talked about 20,000 guests inside their living room. So it’s a building that we’re proud of and there’s a lot of good memories here.
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