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Visit Rice-Eccles Stadium: Home of Utah Football and the 2002 Olympics

Rice-Eccles Stadium is a must-visit location while in Salt Lake City. The beautiful, grand stadium played host to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, is home to the Utah Utes Football team, and presents many other fun events. Visiting Rice-Eccles Stadium is surely a great activity for any visitor to Salt Lake City, and especially for fans of college football.

The stadium was built as an upgrade to accommodate the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and now boasts a capacity of 45,807. Rice-Eccles Stadium is located on the campus of the University of Utah, on the eastern edge of Salt Lake City, and is easily reachable from downtown. Its prime location also offers event-goers gorgeous views of the Wasatch Mountains and downtown Salt Lake City alike.

Utah Football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium

Crowds cheer before the beginning of a Utah Football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The stadium’s use for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games makes it one of the top places to see in Salt Lake City. Walk around to the south side of the stadium to see the Olympic cauldron and imagine the fanfare and excitement when it was lit fifteen years ago. The stadium helped to garner international attention on Salt Lake City and its amazing views and access to world-class winter sports.

The Olympic cauldron from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium

The Olympic cauldron from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games is still located at Rice-Eccles Stadium.









Before visiting Rice-Eccles Stadium, be sure to check the calendar of events and see if you can come for a specific event to get the full experience. Maybe a football game is your fancy? A game at Rice-Eccles would likely be right up your alley and an experience to remember your visit to both the stadium and to Salt Lake City.

The Utah Utes Football team proudly calls Rice-Eccles Stadium home, and attending the games are a fun, lively tradition in the Salt Lake and Utah communities. Nearly every game hosts a sold-out crowd, speaking to both the popularity of the Utah Footballprogram and the appeal of Rice-Eccles Stadium. Several Utah Football home games are nationally televised every year, so there is a good chance you have seen the stadium before. But this would be a perfect chance to come join the action and experience it for yourself.

The success of the University of Utah Football team, also known as the Utes Football team, has been responsible for the attention paid to Rice-Eccles stadium. The Utes joined the Pac-12 Conference in 2010, and ever since, their national popularity has been increasing. The stadium is also well known for the MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section), who packs the stands strong for every home game. The MUSS is known for its fun atmosphere and as one of the top student sections in all of college football. Whether a devout Utes fan or just a fan of college football, a Utah Football game would be a great way to see the stadium during your visit to Salt Lake City.

Other events that appear at Rice-Eccles Stadium include Supercross races and the Nitro World Games. These events occur in the summer and make for an excellent weekend activity. Nitro World Games is returning for its second year on June 24.

Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City

Rice-Eccles Stadium, the home of Utah Football and other fun events in Salt Lake City.

Visiting Rice-Eccles stadium is easy and fun with US Bus Utah, especially when combined with other fun stops and activities along the hop-on, hop-off route. Rice-Eccles Stadium is stop number eight along the US Bus Utah route. Also at this stop on the route, you can access the rest of the University of Utah campus. It is a beautiful campus that is perfect to see before or after you visit Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Be sure to bring your camera, enjoy your visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium, and just remember, this just one of so many fun things to do in Salt Lake City.