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MAY 2018

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t May 2018 92 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Ogden Ogden is situated just 40 minutes north of Salt Lake International Airport. Visitors can enjoy three ski and summer resorts within minutes of Ogden, as well as opportunities for sports such as mountain biking, hiking, climbing, fishing and water sports. Hotel rooms: 500 downtown; 1,600 countywide Major facilities: Lindquist Field is a 5,000-seat Minor League ballpark. Weber State University has an 8,000-seat football stadium and a 9,000-seat indoor arena. The Weber County Ice Sheet has two sheets of ice. Golden Spike Event Center is a 6,500- seat indoor rodeo venue with an outdoor arena, soccer fields, four softball fields, an equestrian venue and a horse race track. Ogden Pioneer Stadium has 10,000 seats. Convention center: The Ogden Eccles Conference Center features 70,000 square feet of space and can accommodate sports such as mixed martial arts and boxing. Contact: Visit Ogden, www.visitogden. com Salt Lake The sports market has exploded in Salt Lake in the last few years. The area has hosted all sorts of sporting events, including the Grizz Cup, a youth hockey championship; US Youth Soccer events; USA Rugby championships; and NCAA basketball. Hotel rooms: 7,000 downtown; 15,000 regionwide Major facilities: Salt Lake City Re- gional Athletic Complex has 16 multi-use grass fields. Vivint Smart Home Arena is an 18,300-seat multipurpose venue. Moun- tain America Expo Center has 243,000 square feet of space. Rio Tinto Stadium is a 20,213-seat facility. Contact: Visit Salt Lake, www.visit saltlake.com St. George St. George is located in the southwest part of Utah near the Arizona border. The city has venues for most major sporting events, including a conference center that can be used for sports. Hotel rooms: 5,500 Major facilities: American Legion Sports Complex offers four baseball fields. Burns Arena is an indoor multipurpose fa- cility. Legend Solar Stadium is a 6,500-seat stadium that hosts football and soccer. Convention center: The Dixie Center hosts a variety of events, including dance and cheer, volleyball and more. Contact: St. George Convention & Tourism Office, www.atozion.com Utah Valley The spectacular mountain scenery, friendly communities and variety of venues to choose from make Utah Valley a prime choice for hosting events. The cities, includ- ing downtown Provo, are also walkable. Hotel rooms: 3,807 Major facilities: UCCU Center at Utah Valley University is a 8,500-seat multipur- pose indoor facility. Peaks Ice Arena has two Olympic-size ice rinks and two indoor turf fields. Contact: Utah Valley CVB, www.utah valley.com n From its capital of Salt Lake, north to Ogden or south to the border in St. George, Utah is a unique western state that offers everything from beautiful forests to moun- tains and deserts. In addition to outdoor beauty and adventure, The Beehive State also offers a plethora of Olympic-worthy venues. "Utah has world-class venues built for the Olympics and other man-made venues," said Jacey Sharping, director of marketing and communications for the Utah Sports Commission. "Mother Nature has provided exceptional natural venues, with mountains that receive abundant snowfall and a desert landscape that pro- vides spectacular backdrops, allowing Utah to play host to a wide variety of sporting events." n Mountain Biking in Ogden ► SPOTLIGHT ON: UTAH GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY XTERRA

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