The University of Utah basketball team will honor its arena's namesake — the late Jon Huntsman — before Thursday's Pac-12 game against Stanford.
In an effort to pack the house for a moment of silence and a pregame tribute to the life and legacy of Huntsman, the billionaire philanthropist, the Utah athletic department is giving away a limited number of tickets.
Follow this link for tickets while quantities last. The game has an earlier-than-usual tipoff time: 6 p.m.
Originally called the Special Events Center, Utah's arena was renamed the Jon M. Huntsman Center in 1987 in honor of the chemicals entrepreneur who has donated millions of dollars to the university.
In 2015, the Utes opened a $36 million state-of-the-art practice facility — the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility — named after the philanthropist and his wife.
Huntsman, the father of former Utah governor and current U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., died Friday at age 80.
“He was really one of the kindest, loving people that I’ve come across in 53 years,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said, adding that Huntsman performed many selfless acts people never heard about. “There’s going to be a big void without him and I’m going to challenge myself and the thousands of people, if not more, that knew him and how he operated to carry him forward with those kind of acts and what would Jon do.
“Rather than us thinking about what we’re going to miss, I think we all need to be inspired by what he did and try in a little way — each of us — to try to replicate that."