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The Salt Palace was an indoor arena located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Built on land that was once the "Little Tokyo" area of the city, construction was hurried up to help better Salt Lake's bid for the 1972 Winter Olympics.

Basketball was the main attraction of the Salt Palace for years. The first of these basketball teams to call the Palace home was the ABA's Utah Stars. Initially they moved from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City following the 1969–70 season. Success was nearly instant for the team was they defeated the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA Finals and capturing the ABA Championship in 1970–71 their first year. The Stars were such a draw tat they set the attendance pace for the ABA attendance, an average of 6,100 per game, and would continue to draw well and field excellent teams in the following seasons until their untimely demise in the winter of 1975 due to financial problems.

That summer, the St Louis Spirit were close to relocating and becoming the Utah Rockies to fill the void left by the Stars, however that dream was cut short as the franchise was one that failed to make the cut in the ABA-NBA merger. However, things turned out well for the Palace as they got their biggest tenant a few years later in 1979 when the New Orleans Jazz relocated to Salt Lake to become the Utah Jazz. The Jazz would stay at the place until 1991.

Ultimately without a tenant, and as an aging arena they ultimately shuttered its doors for good in 1994.

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