City tells International Olympic Committee, ‘we are ready to have them’Mar 31, 2023 02:58PM ● By Travis Barton
In 2002, the E Center (now Maverik Center) hosted ice hockey in both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. (Wikimedia)
As Salt Lake City gears up its bid to host the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympic Games, West Valley City officials are doing their part.
The council approved a guarantee letter in early March that was sent to the International Olympic Committee.
The letter, penned from Mayor Karen Lang, tells the committee the city is ready to do its hosting duties via security, health and any other kind of administrative help they might need.
City Attorney Eric Bunderson said the letter is essentially a proclamation telling the committee “we are ready to have them.”
“We’re just committing as a city to help the Olympic Committee in any way that the need us to in order to have the Olympics held here safely and securely,” Bunderson explained to the council in February.
The letter states its support for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to come to Utah.
“The games in 2002 propelled the construction of E Center (now Maverik Center) which hosted ice hockey during the Olympic Games and ice sledge hockey during the Paralympic Games and drove redevelopment of the surrounding area,” the letter states.
Lang notes in the letter there is “consistent, overwhelming public support in our community for the Games, as well as the potential for their return.”
The Maverik Center serves as the city’s entertainment center, according to the letter, and is part of the Salt Lake City-Utah future Games master plan.
“Many in our city were blessed with incredible opportunities to develop skills, experience, and relationships—as volunteers, staff, contractors, and partners— that have enabled West Valley City and the State of Utah to host more than 900 national and international sport competitions in the past 20 years,” states the letter.
West Valley City “guarantees” in the letter different forms of assistance such as non-discrimination, accessibility standards, telecommunications infrastructure, security, health and safety, public services and protection of Olympic properties.
Bunderson said city attorneys have vetted the requirements and believe the city can meet them.