Utah opens new stadium in time for rodeo

5 July 2017

A new $17 million stadium at the Utah State Fairpark is set to open in time for this month’s Days of ‘47 Rodeo.

The 10,000-seat stadium is designed to give the rodeo a new permanent home and rejuvenate the west-side neighborhood around the aging fairgrounds, the Deseret News reported.

The state of Utah gave $10 million for the stadium while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contributed $3 million. The rest was paid for by city and county governments and private donations.

“This was a really good opportunity to bring the private sector and the public sector ... together to continue taking care of this place, which is really important to not only the community on the west side, but also the whole state of Utah,” said state Sen. Luz Escamilla, a Democrat from Salt Lake City. “I truly believe this will help bring more life to the west side.”

The rodeo had been held in recent years at Vivint Smart Home Arena where the NBA’s Utah Jazz play their games.

The new Fairpark stadium is also expected to host motorsports events, concerts, demolition derbies, equestrian events and other rodeos.