Vivint Arena Evacuated After Warriors vs. Jazz Because of Suspicious Package

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 23, 2019

The Vivint Smart Home Arena is shown Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The NBA announced that Salt Lake City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2023. The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. This will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Vivint Smart Home Arena was evacuated 30 minutes after the Utah Jazz's 113-109 win over the Golden State Warriors upon the discovery of a suspicious package, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune provided more details:

El Chubasco is located within Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Tony Jones of The Athletic also wrote that some players left while still in their uniforms.

Alyssa Roberts of 2News reported that she and other reporters were told to leave the arena while conducting postgame interviews with players.

Jazz forward Joe Ingles offered his best wishes to those in and around the arena:

And Donovan Mitchell did as well:

The Salt Lake City Police Department provided an update soon afterward:

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The building was eventually cleared, per Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune:

The next event scheduled at the arena is another Jazz home game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.