Utah Sports

It’s only fitting I include this section about Utah sports.  That’s what brought me here from Canada.  A scholarship to play for the University of Utah Utes football team.

Sports are still a passion of mine.

Utah sports teams provide some of the hottest professional and college sports action in the nation. And at some of the best facilities in the nation.

Utah Jazz

Back when my wife and I were still going to college, we used to go to Utah Jazz games in the old Salt Palace. Tickets were so easy to come by we could even get $5.00 student discount tickets for a couple nose-bleed seats.

The Jazz were terrible and the NBA didn’t enjoy the interest it does now. They rarely drew big crowds so we could almost always move down to a better seat.

Today the Jazz play in the Energy Solutions Arena and have become one of the NBA’s most successful franchises. The only major league team among Utah sports teams. They reached the Western finals last year.

Those tickets in the rafters cost a little more. The lower seats cost a lot more. But the place is packed just about every night. 20,000 people.

John Stockton, Karl Malone and others have had their numbers retired. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer are the stars now.

Salt Lake Bees

Over the years, some of my most relaxing and pleasant Utah sports memories are of sitting in Franklin Covey Field (and before that, old Derks Field) watching a baseball game.

Now named Spring Mobile Ballpark and home of the AAA Bees, this beautiful stadium has, without a doubt, one of the best views from behind home plate in the country. A panorama of the Wasatch Mountains.

The Bees are the Triple A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, many of today’s major league stars have played here. Just a fantastic place to spend a spring afternoon or summer evening whether you like baseball or not.

Real Salt Lake

Are you a soccer fanatic? You can feed your passion by experiencing a Real Salt Lake game. They're the most recent addition to the Utah sports scene.

A member of Major League Soccer, they just moved into a beautiful new made-for-soccer stadium last year. Rio Tinto Stadium, like most of Utah sports stadiums, has a majestic view of the Wasatch Mountains.

An expansion team only four years ago, they just won the 2009 MLS Cup by beating the much higher profile Los Angeles Galaxy. I’ve got to give the ownership and management credit.

They’ve done a great job. They got the stadium built and had a fantastic championship run after squeaking into the playoffs.

Utah Grizzlies

I grew up in Canada where hockey is a part of life. I loved playing hockey growing up and still follow my favorite NHL teams. And hockey has been a part of the Utah sports landscape for close to 40 years.

The Utah Grizzlies play in the ECHL – the East Coast Hockey League. The league pretty much spans the country. It’s a couple notches below the NHL. It might be compared to Double A baseball.

The Grizzlies play in the E-Center in West Valley. A perfect building for hockey. It was the site for the hockey competition in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

College Sports

Utah has eight university/colleges and two junior colleges. They all field teams in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Some of the more visible and successful:

  • The University of Utah Utes football team – my alma mater. The first BCS Buster going 12-0 in ending 4th in the nation in 2004. And then, to top it off, the Utes went 13-0 in 2008 ending up #2 in the nation in the AP Poll. They play in Rice-Eccles Stadium which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. And entered the Pac12 Conference in the fall of 2011.
  • The BYU Cougars football team. They’ve got a long and successful history winning the 1984 National Championship. They play in Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
  • Utah Utes men’s basketball team – one of the winningest programs in college basketball. Made the Final Four and played in the National Championship game in 1998. They play in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on the Utah campus.
  • The University of Utah Gymnastics Team packs the Huntsman Center. And drew over 15,000 people for a meet last year. They’ve won 10 National Championships and finished in the top three 21 times.

If there’s a sport you like, you can see it at one of the state colleges and junior colleges. They compete in just about any men’s and women’s sport you may want to see.

  • The University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
  • Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo.
  • Utah State University in Logan.
  • Weber State University in Ogden.
  • Utah Valley University in Orem.
  • Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
  • Dixie State College of Utah in St. George.
  • Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
  • College of Eastern Utah in Price.
  • Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City.
  • Snow College in Ephraim.

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