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


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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:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Strange postgame scene in Utah. Everyone remaining in arena evacuated about 30 minutes after the game. Warriors rushed out of locker room to their bus. Result of an unattended suspicious package apparently.

Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune provided more details:

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen

A bomb-sniffing dog gave a positive signal to a package left near the El Chubasco restaurant, I’m told. Told it could be 3 hours or more until Vivint Arena is cleared. They’re clearing the whole block of people now.

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:

Joe Ingles @Joeingles7

Stay safe everyone in & around the arena! https://t.co/q6KZiqHAan

And Donovan Mitchell did as well:

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell

NO JOKE PLEASE STAY SAFE UTAH!

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

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen

An update from SLCPD Lt. Carlos Valencia: at about 9:30, a suspicious shoe box was found near El Chubasco. Bomb sniffing dog gave a positive signal. They evacuated the arena. Bomb squad doesn’t yet know what it is, but expect to have it cleared in about an hour. https://t.co/8KgQR8y2Va

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

Eric Walden @tribjazz

FBI consultant onsite just got word the building has been cleared

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

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