Utah is truly the "State of Sport." Sports enthusiasts will find ample opportunities to enjoy the thrill of "taking in a game" and getting immersed in Utah's fanatical sport and outdoor culture. The flagship franchise of professional sports in Utah is the NBA's Utah Jazz, who hold court every season at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in downtown Salt Lake City. Their NBA development (G-League) team, the Salt Lake City Stars is an inexpensive and fun way to see rising stars and NBA hopefuls take the court.
It's also safe to say that Utah is into its soccer. The 2009 Major League Soccer Cup champions Real Salt Lake, take the pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium — better known as The RioT — in Sandy. In 2018, Utah welcomed the Utah Royals FC, a professional women's team that will share Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake’s reserve side, Real Monarchs, plays in the United Soccer League, which offers young prospects and new professionals an opportunity to “Rise to Royalty” under the auspices of the RSL system.
Ice hockey fans enjoy watching the line changes and power plays of the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, who play at the Maverik Center in West Valley. When it comes to our national pastime, Salt Lake City provides home field advantage to the AAA Salt Lake Bees, and many of the team's players go on to play major league baseball for the Anaheim Angels. Two other minor league baseball teams in Utah are the Orem Owlz (also a farm team for the Angels), and the Ogden Raptors (an LA Dodgers rookie affiliate).
Utah is home to a variety of internationally recognized sports competitions throughout the year. The Tour of Utah "America's Toughest Stage Race" is an officially sanctioned, multistage bicycle race that extends seven days and traverses some of the nation's most breathtaking and diverse terrain. Best of all, the Tour of Utah is free to attend. The beautiful Heber Valley's Soldier Hollow (site of the biathlon and cross-country skiing events for the 2002 Olympics) hosts the world's premier annual sheepdog championship on Labor Day weekend.
For more information on national and international sports events in Utah, visit the Utah Sports Commission or explore below:
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