It was a new record—2 billion viewers. The most-watched Winter Olympics opening ceremony took place 20 years ago right here at the U’s Rice-Eccles Stadium. The U also hosted the closing events and was home to the Olympic Village where some 2,400 athletes from 77 countries lived for much of the month of February 2002. Students now reside in some of those same rooms at Heritage Commons.
As the world turned its gaze to Utah, the U was center stage for much of the attention—and may be again soon. Utah has officially thrown its hat in the ring to host the 2030 Games.