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Jon M. Huntsman Center
Regarded as one of the top college arenas in the nation since opening its doors in 1969, the Jon M. Huntsman Center has provided an imposing home venue advantage for Utah's basketball and gymnastics teams. For a structure that in its 43rd year of existence, a feeling of newness still pervades underneath the silver dome. But don't let the pristine picture fool you. As serene as the Huntsman Center may look empty, when the Utes are on the floor and fans are in the stands, the place transforms into a madhouse.
A landmark on the U. campus, the Jon M. Huntsman Center is the perfect place to watch a basketball game or a gymnastics meet. With 15,000 chair seats assuring a great view from anywhere in the arena, the Huntsman Center is the largest venue in the Pac-12 Conference.
From its perch at the southeast end of campus, the Huntsman Center stands sentinel over the University of Utah. Inside the facility are athletic coaches' and administrative offices and locker rooms. The enormous reflective silver dome is the largest of its kind in the world. Underground tunnels stretching 2,220 feet connect the arena with the four-building physical education complex.
The famous "steel cloud," a huge mass of steel and concrete, hangs from the dome's interior and holds the scoreboard, and the public address and lighting systems. The building was engineered in such a way that the cloud actually holds the dome in place.
Prior to the 2011-12 season, the entire Huntsman Center playing floor was replaced. A new, $1.3 million scoreboard was installed in the fall of 2007. The new scoreboard features an LED ring by Optotech around the bottom and four LCD video screens, which provide brighter, clearer pictures than ever before seen in the Huntsman Center. The scoreboard also features a player stat board and is 1.5 times bigger than its predecessor.
The locker rooms have also been renovated in recent years. The project was funded in part by donations from former Ute All-Americans Andrew Bogut and Andre Miller totaling $325,000. The Ute men's and women's basketball teams have new team rooms with double the space of their old locker rooms, separate dressing areas and players' lounges.
Long recognized as a site of championships, the Huntsman Center ranks third among the nation's arenas for the most NCAA men's basketball tournament basketball games hosted, with 81 games having been played in the facility. The JMHC played host to the 1979 NCAA Basketball Championship "Dream Match-Up" featuring Indiana State's Larry Bird and Michigan State's Magic Johnson--deemed one of the most successful Final Fours ever held. The men's NCAA regional tournament came to the Huntsman Center twice (1971 and 1981). The first and second rounds took place in the arena 13 times (1984, '85, '87, `88, `89, `90, `91, `93, `95, `97, 2000, `03 and '06). The JMHC has hosted the NCAA women's basketball first and second round games twice (2001 and 2011).
Over six million fans have watched the Utes in the Huntsman Center. Eight of the top 10 yearly attendance marks in the building's history have come since 1990. The Utes enter the 2011-12 season with a 526-125 (.808) all-time record in the facility and have posted 38 consecutive seasons with a winning record at home, including eight undefeated seasons. Utah's 500th win in the building came on Dec. 6, 2008, as the Utes posted a 91-61 blowout of eventual SEC champion LSU. In conference home games the past 17 years, Utah is 107-23 (.823).
Directions - Jon M. Huntsman Center
From Salt Lake City International Airport, exit the airport onto I-80 East. In about two miles, exit at 600 South, which is a one way street heading east. Take 600 South to 700 East and turn left. Turn right at 400 South. Continue heading east until you come to the Guardsman Way/Campus Center Drive intersection, then turn left. Get into the far lane and bear right onto South Campus Drive. Proceed east to Mario Capecchi Drive (formerly Wasatch Drive), then turn left. Take your first left into the parking lot east of the Jon M. Huntsman Center (silver dome).
From I-15 North, take 600 South exit. Follow above directions from this point.
From northbound Foothill Boulevard, take a right at Mario Capecchi Drive (formerly Wasatch Drive). Proceed past the intersection at South Campus Drive and take your first left into the parking lot east of the Jon M. Huntsman Center (silver dome).
Visit our University of Utah's (Huntsman Center) Campus Map by clicking here (click on "Print" to print out the map).