EnergySolutions Arena Opens Doors for World Cup Viewing

Free Admission to Watch USA-Germany Game, World Cup Final on 42-Foot Video Boards
by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (June 22, 2014) – EnergySolutions Arena is opening its doors free of charge for the public to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team compete in the FIFA World Cup vs. Germany on June 26 as well as for the World Cup final from Brazil on Sunday, July 13. The broadcast of the games on ESPN/ABC will be shown in high definition on the giant 42-feet long by 24-feet-high screens.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. with the USA game scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday. EnergySolutions Arena is located at 301 W. South Temple. More than 10,000 parking spaces are available within a two-block radius or the arena is accessible on the TRAX line.

The center hung video display system at EnergySolutions Arena is the equivalent of 52, 80-inch television screens stacked together. It features two screens along the length of the court, two end screens that measure 26-feet-long and 17-feet-high. Plus two screens are located on the inside of the primary side screens for easy sightlines.

“We invite the public to come together for the critical World Cup soccer against Germany in an enthusiastic atmosphere while enjoying the television coverage on the unsurpassed quality of our video screens,” said Mark Powell, vice president of events. “This building has been the site of many memorable sports moments from the Utah Jazz to the Olympic Winter Games. The video boards allow us to share the World Cup with the community.”

Miller Sports Properties debuted the new video display system last October as part of $15 million in renovations to EnergySolutions Arena.


On Thursday night, EnergySolutions Arena hosts its annual NBA Draft Watching Party presented by Zero Fatalities. Admission is free. Doors open to the public at 4:30 p.m., with the broadcast of the 2014 NBA Draft, which originates from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., beginning at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The Jazz currently holds the 5th and 23rd picks in the first round and the 35th pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

 Utah Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Ron Boone will serve as emcees for the evening’s festivities. The first 3,000 fans through the doors will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and drink. Fanzz and the Jazz are offering this deal on NBA Draft night only: buy one adult swingman jersey and receive two tickets to a Jazz game in November (excluding some games while supplies last). Other highlights include basketball contests on the court, autographs and photos with the American First Jazz Dancers, and entertainment by Jazz Bear. Concession stands will be open with a variety of food and refreshment options.