Rice-Eccles Stadium is the most premier stadium in Intermountain region, and serves the six-state area of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Nevada. It is an on-campus outdoor football stadium located by the University of Utah in Utah. It can easily be accessed from Salt Lake International Airport, by traveling 20 mins east. It serves as the home field to Utah Utes of the Mountain West Conference. Immediately to the south of the stadium is the famous Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park.
It has played host to a string of prestigious events like EA Sports Supercross, 2002 Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, world-class football and soccer matches and even popular concerts like U2 and the Rolling Stones. Because of the wide range of events held here, Rice-Eccles Stadium is popular to all and sundry, irrespective of age group.
In 1995 Salt Lake City got awarded in 2002 Winter Olympics .Unfortunately, then the stadium was not fit to serve. The old age timber, concrete and earth-filled facility was not at all presentable. Then Rice-Eccles underwent a huge 50-million-dollar renovation, starting on May 1997.It got completed by September 1998. It was arranged by Salt Lake Olympic Committee and private donations, bonds etc.
The playing field is a next-generation infilled synthetic turf, FieldTurf, recently replaced in 2009.The stadium is well maintained one, and is blessed with a team of dedicated Stadium staff who take pride in operating the superb state-of-the-art facility. Quality customer service, excellent execution of events and high maintenance standards are the keywords of its success and popularity. It can now be said to be one of the most modern and beautiful US Stadiums.