SLC stars to play at Maverik Center this season

The Maverik Center will be the new home of the Salt Lake City Stars (Jordan Allred, Deseret News)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — The stars of Salt Lake City are moving to a new arena – and a new city.

Goodbye, Taylorsville.

Hello, West Valley City.

(Hey, we didn’t say it was far.)

The Stars, the G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, announced Monday that they will play their home games at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. The Stars had played at the Lifetime Activities Center at Salt Lake Community College since returning to Utah in 2016.

“The Stars look forward to beginning this new era at our new home at the Maverik Center and enhancing the game night experience for our fans and players,” Stars president Jonathan Rinehart said in a statement. . “Based in West Valley City, the Stars will maintain our closeness to the Jazz and continue to play an important role in the development of the franchise, while strengthening our commitment to this community.”

The team will play 24 home games at its new venue, beginning Nov. 21 against the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7 p.m. MDT.

The Maverik Center was opened in 1997 and, in addition to serving as the home of the Grizzlies, has hosted several concerts and sporting events, including gymnastics competitions and basketball tournaments. It was also the venue for ice hockey competition during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

With 12,000 seats, it also more than doubles the capacity of the Lifetime Activities Center (5,000).

“We are thrilled to become the new home of the Stars and provide the community with another high-level professional sports experience as we continue to optimize the Maverik Center and create innovative fan experiences,” said Kevin Bruder. , CEO of Centennial Management Group.

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