One upbeat sector in the Utah economy over the past few years has been the sports industry. In 2009 spending on sports activities, including attendance, participation and retail purchases, totaled $2.5 billion.
Some other Highlights:
-Attendance for collegiate sports events is at an all-time high. In the most recent season the combined attendance for football, basketball and women’s gymnastics totaled 1.6 million spectators.
-In 2009 attendance at professional sports events was 2.28 million, the third highest attendance year ever.
-With the completion of the $110 million Rio Tinto Stadium the value of sports venues in Utah, including golf courses, collegiate facilities and professional sports team stadiums, hit $3.2 billion in 2010.
-The number of skier/snowboarder days in Utah was 4.0 million in 2010, near the record level of 2008.
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