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Salt Lake City Council wants downtown Olympic legacy
Funding » In ’02, city turned down an $8M proposal from SLOC.

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U. of U. » SLOC eventually became frustrated with the city and decided to locate the Hoberman Arch and the Olympic Cauldron at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Not only isn’t the stadium near downtown, it isn’t well suited to be a legacy park, Luke said.

Although it was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, the stadium is not conducive to day-to-day foot traffic and lacks the cohesive ambience of the Olympics, he said.

The discussion comes as U. officials are looking for a new home for the arch and cauldron because, eventually, they want to expand Rice-Eccles Stadium.

At the same time, Bullock agrees with Luke that a downtown Olympic Legacy Park would still be "fantastic."

"I would support it 100 percent," Bullock said. "I would help the City Council in any way I could."

Councilman Stan Penfold, who also heads RDA board, said even after 12 years, "It would be a shame not to have more of an Olympic legacy downtown."

But funding such a facility would be a challenge, he added. And without Mayor Ralph Becker’s participation, it would be even more difficult.

Becker, who was one of three co-chairmen of an exploratory committee that recently gave a thumbs-up for Utah undertaking another Olympic bid, said through a spokesman that he is interested in hearing more details of such a proposal.

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But for now, there are no details. And how such a plan would materialize remains unclear.


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