Utah Jazz: New basketball campus aims to be NBA’s ‘preeminent’ training facility

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| Courtesy The Zions Bank Basketball Center will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Utah Jazz Basketball Campus that will house the team’s business and basketball operations.

Jazz » New ‘basketball campus’ will nearly double size of the old practice complex.

Dennis Lindsey only felt like he’d been living in a construction zone.

Five years ago, the Utah Jazz general manager took a metaphorical wrecking ball to his team’s roster and has been rebuilding it ever since.

This past week, however, Lindsey donned an actual hard hat and safety goggles as he surveyed the work on the building he considers crucial to the next step of the franchise’s evolution.

“We want the most elite training facility in professional sports,” he said. “We have to be great at development.”

While crews begin their $125-million overhaul of Vivint Smart Home Arena downtown, the Jazz’s practice facility on Salt Lake City’s west side is undergoing a dramatic renovation of its own. It’s not much to look at now, just a stripped down and dust-covered former office space. But come September, the Jazz expect their practice space to have doubled in size, transformed into what team officials have called a “state-of-the-art basketball campus.”

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