Utah Olympic Oval

Oquirrh Park Oval - Olympic Speed Skating

Speed Skating Oval

Speed Skating took place at the Speed Skating Oval at Kearns (Utah Olympic Oval). Construction of the oval enclosure began in spring 1999 and was completed in December 2000.


Speed Skating

Total events: 10

Men's 10,000 m, 5,000 m, 1,500 m, 1,000 m, 500 m
Ladies'5,000 m, 3,000 m, 1,500 m, 1,000 m, 500 m


Location

Utah Olympic Oval
5624 South 4800 West

Snowfall

Average annual: 163.3 cm/64.3 in (average for Salt Lake area)

Altitude

Base: 1305 m/4700 ft (average for Salt Lake area)

Post Olympic Use

Speed Skating, Ice Hockey and Figure Skating recreational, training and competition facility.

Directions

Take Interstate 15 South. Go west on 2100 South to the Bangerter Highway. Go south on Bangerter Highway to 5400 South. Go west on 5400 South to 4800 West. Turn left and follow road to recreation center and oval.

Venue History

Originally known as the Oquirrh Park Oval in Kearns, the Utah Olympic Oval opened in 1995 as an open-air facility. The $28 million construction project to enclose the oval began in May 1999 and was completed in December 2000. The Utah Olympic Oval is the world's highest altitude indoor skating oval. The design features a 90-meter clear-span roof that is free of interior columns and has a low-profile exterior. The permanent facilities also include an adjoining support building with locker rooms and offices, and the oval center accommodates two sheets of ice. SLOC hosted the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in March 2001. In July 1999, SLOC assumed ownership and management responsibilities for the Utah Olympic Oval from the Utah Sports Authority, a Utah state agency. The original $5 million outdoor facility was funded as part of the $59 million tax diversion approved by Utah taxpayers.

For additional suggestions on enjoying these sites year-round, contact the Utah Athletic Foundation.

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