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The Salt Palace and Hyatt Regency!

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

The Salt Palace
Home of the FanX convention and once the center for the 2002 Winter Olympics coverage.

There have been three locations called “Salt Palace.” The original was part of a park built in 1899 under the direction of Richard K.A. Kletting, architect, and owned by John Franklin Heath. It stood on 900 South, between State Street and Main Street in Salt Lake City. This structure and some of the other elements of the park were destroyed by fire on August 29, 1910.

The second Salt Palace in Salt Lake City was in use from 1969 to 1994, hosting among other events the home games of the Utah Stars and Utah Jazz basketball teams, and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles ice hockey team. This version of the Salt Palace was demolished in 1994.

Built on the site of the demolished arena, the new convention center boasts 515,000 square feet of exhibit space, 164,000 square feet of meeting space including a 45,000-square-foot grand ballroom, and 66 meeting rooms. Named after Utah's 11th governor, Calvin L. Rampton, the Salt Palace served as the Olympic Media Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Hyatt Regency SLC tower
One of the tallest and most recognizable buildings in the city.

Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City
15 Years and $337M in the making.

In conjunction with the emergence of the new Salt Palace, the Hyatt Regency took 15 years of planning and $337 million dollars to construct. The Hyatt group hosted a Grand Opening celebration on Nov. 2, 2022.


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