McCartney in Salt Lake: What Do You Know About EnergySolutions Arena?
For many Cheyenne-ites, the 6.5 hour drive to Salt Lake City, Utah is a bit grueling for everyday travel. But for special occassions, vacations, or even to see a Paul McCartney concert on August 7? It’s a fun trip.
Because we’re sending one lucky winner and a guest to Salt Lake City to see Paul at EnergySolutions Arena on August 7 (we’re even including airfare so you don’t have to drive, on top of hotel accommodations, and $500 cash to spend however you want), we at KingFM thought it would be fun to give you the top 10 facts you may not have known about the concert location.
It may make sitting there, watching a fantastic musician and former Beatle perform THAT much more awesome.
- The arena was created as a home base for the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Golden Eagles to replace the now-gone Salt Palace arena.
- The first game played was a Golden Eagles match in 1991 (and they lost). The Eagles had also played the first game in the Salt Palace when it opened in 1969.
- When it was first created, the arena was named the Delta Arena (from 1991-2006), after the airline. It was changed to the EnergySolutions arena, after a local nuclear waste disposal company, in 2006.
- The arena also hosts large music concerts. In 1991 Oingo Boingo was the first headliner to rock the Delta Center.
- The arena’s roof was damaged by severe winds when a tornado ran through in 1999. It cost $3,757,000 to repair it.
- Did we forget to mention sports aside from basketball? In 1999, then-Delta arena hosted the US Figure Skating Championships (Apollo Ono in attendance), as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics (figure skating and short track speed skating in particular).
- Other basketball teams don’t like playing in it. According to an NBA Players Poll from 2008 (now named the EnergySolutions Arena), the court is considered “the most intimidating arena in the NBA.”
- The arena seats 20,000 people comfortably.
- An entire circus has been inside the arena–complete with ring master, clowns, acrobats, elephants and lions. The echo from the animals was pretty impressive.
- Of the many performers that have played EnergySolutions Arena, some notables include U2, Hannah Montana, Celine Dion and the Grateful Dead.
Dying to attend to see some of these fun facts for yourself? Head over to our main contesting page and enter for your chance to win the VIP prize package!