STADIUM PLAN APPROVED FOR UTAH STATE FAIRPARK
In less than a year, the Utah State Fairpark will be home to a new 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena. The state portion of the project was approved today by the legislature to replace the old outdoor Coliseum. The legislation was sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake).
“I’m excited for a project twenty years in the making”, says Sen. Escamilla. “Our community is looking forward to the economic development opportunity at the Fairpark as the result of this investment. The arena will elevate the Fairpark to be a crown jewel in our city and our state.”
The $17-million project is a public-private partnership which includes the $10 million in state funding approved today, plus a $3 million contribution from the LDS Church through the Days of ’47 organization. The remainder of the funding will be provided by Salt Lake City and County and other private partners.
The state of the art multi-purpose arena will become the permanent home for the Days of ’47 Rodeo, and will be used to attract other large events seeking a 10,000 seat outdoor venue.
“I am encouraged that our state leaders agree that building a modern, 10,000 seat multi-purpose facility is a wise investment of state funds,” says Sen. Escamilla.
The state-owned Fairpark is operated and managed by the Fairpark and has been in operation at its current location since the state originallypurchased the property in 1902. Future plans and goals of the Fairpark include significant improvements to its infrastructure and operations.