Rice-Eccles Stadium & Tower Announce Commitment with Clear Channel Entertainment's Supercross
AURORA, Ill. (December 13, 2001) -Today, executives at the University of Utah facility announced they will continue to host supercross at the home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies by entering into an agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment in 2002. Additionally, the University is reserving dates for several years thereafter for the continued return of Clear Channel Entertainment's Supercross Series. This April 27th, Rice-Eccles Stadium & Tower will host its second consecutive EA SPORTS Supercross event.
The announcement assures fans that Utah's favorite motorcycle racing event will continue beyond 2002, and will be produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment.
Rice-Eccles Stadium & Tower is the premier stadium of the Intermountain area serving the six state region of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Nevada. First and foremost, the stadium is home of the University of Utah division I football team. However, by playing host to a variety of stadium events including the EA Sports Supercross, U2, the Rolling Stones and 'N Sync, Rice-Eccles Stadium has provided a variety of the worlds best entertainment to fans of all interests and ages.
Mark Burk, Director of Rice-Eccles Stadium said, "Securing the return of Clear Channel Entertainment's supercross to our campus and to the community of Salt Lake City was a top priority for us after the wonderful experience we had with the event last season. We have never hosted an event as complex and demanding as supercross, but we spent over a year developing the intricate plans necessary to assure that this event would go off flawlessly. Thanks to the commitment of the University and to the professionalism of Clear Channel, it did. They have demonstrated they have the skills to produce this immense event here. We couldn't be more proud of the success we achieved. Plus, we have reserved dates for the return of Clear Channel's supercross for the next several years. We look forward to a long future of continued successes like the one we saw last year."
Last year, more than 50% of the 42,135 fans in attendance at Utah's inaugural event came from outside Salt Lake City, creating an economic impact to the Salt Lake City area in the amount of $6.6 million according to Encompass Research, an independent firm.
"We truly appreciate the hospitality the management team at Rice-Eccles Stadium has extended to us. This announcement from one of the most beautiful and prestigious stadiums in America is great news for the fans of our traditional supercross events," said Charlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division.
The beautiful Rice-Eccles Stadium and Tower sits among the picturesque Wasatch mountains and overlooks downtown Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake. The stadium underwent a 50 million dollar renovation that was completed in September of 1998. Since that renovation, Rice-Eccles Stadium is now considered one of most beautiful and modern stadiums in the nation.