This doesn't surprise me about hearing this. Utah has always had a "be
prepared" type of mentality. When things are planned, they are planned to
last. So for the venue's to still be used 12, 24, 50 years from now, is no
surprise. To build the Olympic Oval, to thinking how could this be used for
other things? We see that today. I wouldn't be surprised to see it
further used for a National Hockey League team, right here in Salt Lake.
That's what I love about Utah, what I love about how developers think. It
isn't just for immediate, it is for the long term. The LDS Church could
have torn down the Vernal Tabernacle, yet it was restored and made into a
temple. Just as they are doing with the Provo Tabernacle. Utah plans and
builds for what is now and for what it could be in the future.
Calgary has also done a great job getting long term use out of facilities like
the oval, the dome, and the Fr. Bauer arena, along with C.O.P. It's great
to see there, and here.
The 2002 Olympic turnaround started with a handshake between Mitt Romney and
Blake Roney in the boardroom of NuSkin Enterprises. They stuck their neck out
when the scandal ridden event had become a toxic.Going from debt and
near disaster to enough surplus funds to cover maintenance through Utah's
next likely opportunity for an Olympic bid (approximately 18 years) is quite a