Salt Lake 2002 transformed Utah’s capital into an Olympic Winter Games host city by building new venues, re-purposing others, and preparing for tens of thousands of spectators each day. Salt Lake 2002 spent more than $170 million to develop world-class venues in Utah that now serve thousands of emerging athletes. The Oval, known as the "fastest ice in the world," trains the next generation of speed skaters while Utah Olympic Park, near Park City, provides cutting-edge facilities for ski jumping, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge.
Through the Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation, aspiring Nordic skiers hone their skills on the same rugged trails that challenged the best Olympic cross-country skiers and bi-athletes during the Games. To ensure that these facilities have the financial resources for the future, Salt Lake 2002, along with the USOC and the IOC, established a $70 million endowment for the Utah Athletic Foundation.
The Salt Lake 2002 competition venues included:
Snowbasin Ski Area
Located in Huntsville and hosting 22,500 spectators, Snowbasin Ski Area was home to the downhill, super-g and combined competitions.
Deer Valley Resort
Located in Park City and accommodating 13,300 spectators, Deer Valley Resort hosted the slalom, freestyle aerials and moguls competitions.
Park City Mountain Resort
Host to the alpine giant slalom and snowboarding events, Park City Mountain Resort saw nearly 16,000 daily visitors at its competition slopes.
In front of 15,000 daily spectators, the biathlon, cross-country skiing and cross-country portions of the Nordic combined events took place at Soldier Hollow, located in Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway.
Utah Olympic Park
This Park City venue housed multiple competition venues. The home of bobsleigh, skeleton and luge track hosted 15,000 daily spectators, while the jumping hills — site of the ski jumping and part of the Nordic combined competitions — welcomed 20,500 daily fans.
Set on the University of Utah campus, the 78-acre Olympic Village accommodated more than 3500 athletes, coaches and officials who participated in the Games.
Home of Ice Hockey, this 8700-seat arena is located in West Valley City and hosted the gold medal games.
The Peaks Ice Arena
The smaller of the two ice hockey venues, this arena seats 6000 fans and is located in Provo.
Salt Lake Ice Center
Home to two sports — figure skating and short track speed skating — the Salt Lake Ice Center could accommodate 15,600 spectators for each competition.
Utah Olympic Oval
The Utah Olympic Oval speed skating track was created to be the fastest in the world. This speed skating arena, located in Kearns, could seat 4600 fans.
The Ice Sheet at Ogden
Usually a hockey venue for Ogden youth and college students, the 1500-seat Ice Sheet at Ogden was transformed to host all curling events.