SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (April 22, 2021) -Utah will once again play a role in the return to sport this month with a series of national events further cementing the state as a leader in hosting major sports events.
Upcoming scheduled events include:
The Utah Sports Commission and its partners have made a return to sport a primary focal point since the onset of the pandemic last year. Utah was a pioneering destination for sports coming back during the pandemic including the National Women’s Soccer League, AMA Supercross, PGA Korn Ferry Tour, Premier Lacrosse League, and more.
“Utah is unique with our wide diversity of venues and depth of sports expertise,” said Utah Sports Commission President and CEO Jeff Robbins. “During the pandemic, our statewide partners and venues have made Utah a very viable destination for national and international sports events. It continues to be a primary mission for the Sports Commission as we come out of the pandemic.”
The Utah Sports Commission’s partnership with Feld Entertainment helped the popular nationally-televised Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour save its season last year with seven events conducted in a bubble last May at Rice-Eccles Stadium. On April 24 and May 1, as many as 14,000 fans will be in the stands at Rice-Eccles Stadium. These two events will generate an estimated $16 million in economic impact to the state.
“Utah and the Utah Sports Commission played a critical role in completing the 2020 Supercross season last Summer by working with Feld Entertainment to safely and responsibly host the final seven races of Supercross during a global pandemic,” said Todd Jendro, Feld Entertainment vice president of operations. “The riders, teams and all 900 of us involved in executing the races are thrilled to be back in Utah: The State of Sport to successfully close out another season at Rice-Eccles Stadium.”
St. George has established itself as a popular IRONMAN triathlon destination. The Utah Sports Commission worked with Washington County over the past year to provide support to conduct a safe event that will bring economic impact back to the community. Runners from 47 states and 31 countries will travel to St. George for an event that has a $7 million economic impact on the region.
The USA Judo Youth National Championships have found a unique home at the Utah Olympic Oval, with a traditional summer event taking place in a spacious winter venue. Over 400 young athletes are registered for the event. The Olympic Oval served as the 2002 venue for long track speedskating and is the home of U.S. Speedskating. While principally a winter venue, the spacious facility offers USA Judo a location that allows it to conduct the event within COVID protocols. The USA Judo Medical Advisory Committee worked with the Utah Department of Health to establish a testing protocol.
The event will be USA Judo’s first since November 2019. “While it’s always challenging to host a national event, doing it during a pandemic in a safe way is even more daunting,” said USA Judo CEO Keith Bryant. “We appreciate all the assistance and support from the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake in rescheduling dates and venues several times. It will be great having the USA Judo family together again.”
The USA Judo championships are among a growing number of national and international events that have been able to be conducted safely during the pandemic. Events held in Utah over the last few months include the International Ski Federation’s FIS Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Park City in February, and a unique hybrid USA Weightlifting event at the Maverik Center in West Valley City in March.
Since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the Utah Sports Commission has been a catalyst to attract nearly 900 national and international events to venues across the state. Next month USA Climbing will play host to a pair of World Cup events in Salt Lake City on the eve of the sport’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Utah will be the site of a continual stream of events this summer including the return of the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington in August.
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