SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 29, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Jazz will hold an open practice on Oct. 2, it was announced Wednesday.
In an arrangement with Zoom, fans will be able to view and take part in the Utah Jazz Open Practice on The Road To Tipoff, presented by Udo, said a news release.
“We are always focused on connecting with our fans and finding unique technology to bring unprecedented access to our players and coaches,” said Ryan Smith, owner of the Utah Jazz. “We are excited to partner with Zoom to leverage its innovative platform to stream practice for the first time in our history. We live in a hyper-connected world and the demand for direct-to-consumer content is growing stronger and stronger. This experience begins a new chapter of fan engagement and direct-to-consumer content.”
Set to take place in the early afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 2, the Utah Jazz social media channels and team website will provide the link that will give access to 50,000 participants.
There will also be segments focused on the redesign of the practice facility at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus, live interviews, guest commentary and pre-recorded features, the news release said.
“We’re proud to join forces with the Utah Jazz to live stream an open practice to fans across the world,” said Brendan Ittelson, chief technology officer at Zoom. “It’s an exciting time to be in technology when our innovation is helping to transform experiences and connect the world. This is a groundbreaking opportunity to bring unique and interesting content directly to fans regardless of location. Now not only local fans can be part of this premier experience, but Jazz fans from across the globe have an opportunity to participate.”
The practice will coincide with the end of training camp on Thursday in Las Vegas, but also serve as one final tune up before the team opens its four-game preseason schedule on Monday, Oct. 4 in San Antonio.