Teeples: Without convention center hotel, large-scale sporting events may not be in Utah's future

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  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 11:34 p.m.

    If Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, etc. aren't interested in building a hotel of this magnitude, there's no reason for the state, county, or city to do so. Marriott proposed doubling their downtown hotel on West Temple with a 2nd tower, before City Creek was built, and decided against it. Wonder why?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    The idea of SLC hosting the repub convention is ludicrius. It goes to a swing state

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 1, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    So we go for mid-sized events. So what?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 1, 2013 4:06 p.m.


    "as for the MLS all star game. the riot cant hold the amount of people need to support the ALL star game"

    Rio Tinto has already hosted the all-star game, dude.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    May 1, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Steeples' piece lacks key information regarding the current numbers of available hotel rooms for big SLC events and how many more rooms are needed to reach the alleged ideal amount for hosting the big events. Plus, framing the issue as needing one particular "convention center hotel" seems to be missing the key point - if the need is more hotel rooms, why would they need to be all in one particular hotel? All-star games really shouldn't be a driving force. Even if SLC had sufficient hotels, the fair alotment for hosting the NBA all-star game would be once every 30 years (1 year for each franchise). I highly doubt that the MLS all-star game moves the needle enough to make Utah need tons more hotels. Seems like we already have enough hotels for sweet 16 weekend if we have enough for the round of 64 and round of 32.

  • Darkelf Taylorsville, UT
    May 1, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    lol whos to say we get anymore conventions other then the LDS annual ones. here is a fact its not hotels why we dont get the all star games or NBA finals. our liquor laws in this state are what keep a lot of major events from happening in this state. the whole having to order food with drinks. as for the MLS all star game. the riot cant hold the amount of people need to support the ALL star game. not to mention the stadium food is sub par and way over priced. i don't know about the arena. but guessing the same goes for it as well.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 1, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    All these (self) promoters keep telling us what a good deal it would be to have a big hotel, and bigger convention center, and how they would make all sorts of money and our economy would benefit by gazillions of dollars.

    I have a deal for these folks. As a taxpayer, I will give up my chance to get rich off footing the bill for a bigger hotel and convention center, and let THEM get rich by building it with THEIR money.

    If they won't put THEIR money into the project, that tells me we certainly should not be putting any tax money into such a deal. (Or allowing sweetheart tax deals which are the same as taking money from taxpayers, since they will just raise our taxes to collect enough to make up for what they do not collect from the convention special good deal folks.)

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    May 1, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    Isn't interesting that a story published during the NCAA playoffs said that Utah did not have an arena large enough to meet the NCAA requirements for NCAA Sweet 16 and Championship matches. Not having a Convention Hotel was not part of their concern. (BTW, we have multiple hotels that could be classified as Convention Hotels, it is just that certain people want bigger ones.) The NBA has similar concerns about needing larger arenas for the All Star Game.

    If you look at reality for a minute there is a dog chasing its tale in a continuous circle going on. The Salt Palace claimed they needed to be bigger to attract more conventions, and now they want a bigger "Convention" hotel close to the Salt Palace, but the size of the hotel will dictate that the Salt Palace is not big enough, so they will want to again enlarge the Salt Palace. Where does it end?

    A story last year published in another local paper indicated that the current Salt Palace is only 42-44% of capacity each year. We really do not need a larger Convention Hotel, we need more conventions that fit what we have.