When Salt Lake City opened its first indoor practice facility in 1995, it was known as the Salt Lake Desert.
It was a temporary arena that was supposed to be used only for the Utah Jazz, but in 1999, the team moved to Salt Lake for a four-year, $10 million renovation.
The team has played at the facility ever since, and in 2015, the Salt, a team of former NFL players, became the new home of the Utah Temple, a $100 million indoor stadium built on top of the arena and used for practice and other events.
Salt Lake is the largest metropolitan area in the United States.
In 2017, it hosted the Women’s NCAA championship game, the second time it has hosted a championship game in the modern era.
Salt has also hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is set to be held there in 2022.
“It’s a very unique place,” said Salt Lake Mayor Ben McAdams.
“You can play anywhere in Utah, and there’s no barrier between you and it.”
The city has been celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, and the Temple is celebrating its second anniversary in 2018.
Its inaugural home game, which was played on Saturday, was a raucous affair that drew a crowd of more than 5,000.
“We didn’t have to wait for anything to be done.
We didn’t need any permits, or anything,” said Utah Temple coach John Shoop.
“There were so many people that showed up and came out that night, and it was the first game we played there in 20 years.
The crowds were unbelievable.
It’s just such a beautiful stadium.”
The stadium, which opened on September 1, 2017, has undergone a few upgrades since its debut.
It will be expanded with a new roof that will feature a “sculptural” ceiling that will “reinforce the sense of community” inside the stadium, and an 18,000-seat seating capacity.
A new “sand deck” will also be installed, which will be used for volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, soccer-specific sports, and even a basketball court.
The new roof will also feature a new “fence” in the middle, where fans will be able to sit out of the wind and enjoy the cool air.
The stadium is also receiving a new scoreboard, which McAdams said will be one of the most unique in all of sports.
“This is not a normal scoreboard,” he said.
“The one we use in other arenas has a number pad on the bottom of it.
This one will have a number on it that’s going to be a big deal to our fans.
We’ve been looking for that for a long time.
We’re going to make it a very special scoreboard.
It doesn’t have that number pad, but we’re trying to make sure it is very unique and special.
We will be using that number to say ‘Go to the next level.'”
The arena’s name has also been changed.
In 2018, the city voted to rename the building “the Salt Lake Stadium,” and the new name was approved in December of that year.
In 2019, the Utah Department of Transportation purchased the stadium from the Utah-based Arena Authority.
In December of 2020, the temple was renamed the Utah State University Athletic Center.
“Our fans, the people of Salt Lake, the fans of the Salt lake region, they’ve had their hopes and dreams and aspirations fulfilled and their expectations met,” McAdams explained.
“I’m proud to be the mayor of this great city and to be proud to have been a part of that.”