Right on the south end of the Rice-Eccles Stadium, which is located on the campus of the University of Utah, is Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park. It is the same plaza where both the opening and closing ceremonies of XIX Olympic Winter Games was held. The main purpose of the park is to help the public share many of the magical experiences which made 2002 Olympic Winter Games an unforgettable, once in a life time affair.
The main attraction is off course the cauldron, lit during the games. It's surrounded by a landscaped reflective pool and several cascades. The interior of the cauldron is featured by cascading waterfall .Created by WET Design of Los Angeles, California and built by Arrow Dynamics of Utah, it's quite a sight. It's operational till date and lit during special occasions like the opening weekend of Olympics. The large outdoor panels, located south of the cauldron, houses memoirs from the Salt Lake 2002 Games.
Then there is the striking Hoberman Arch, where athletes received their medals, during the games. It was relocated to Olympic Cauldron Park from Olympic Medals Plaza. The arch remains lit with dazzling colors at night. It is west facing and just outside the retaining fence.
There is also a visitor center, which houses a video viewing area, an art gallery and theater. A multi-screen movie having highlights of the game and spanning 10 mins ,can be seen in the theatre.Olympic Cauldron park is a rare experience of living the memories of the Games, in a never before manner. The well maintained interiors will only enhance your chance of loving it at the very first sight.