Home of the Red Rocks
The most famous college gymnastics facility in the country, Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center has showcased more major collegiate gymnastics meets than any other venue.
Crowds in Excess of 15,000: 11
Crowds in Excess of 14,000: 30
The Huntsman Center has hosted a record nine national championships—one AIAW and eight NCAA Championships: 1981 (AIAW), 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1999 and 2007.
Other gymnastics events making Huntsman Center appearances include the 1979 USGF World Championships Trials, the 1980 and ’82 Championships of the USA, the 1993 World University Games Trials and 12 NCAA regional championships (most recently in 2012).
Opened in 1969 on the southeast side of campus (elevation 4,657 feet), the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center is still in pristine condition. The facility underwent a $6 million renovation last summer. The project included the installation of a super-grid ceiling structure, a state-of-the-art sound system, brighter and energy-efficient LED lighting in the arena and concourse, a maple wood floor, and updated graphics wrapping the walls of the lower bowl and mid-level concourse.
Also calling the Huntsman Center home are the Ute men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball teams. The Huntsman Center ranks third among the nation’s arenas for most NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games held (81). Perhaps the most legendary NCAA Tournament game of all time—the 1979 NCAA Championship game starring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson—was played in the Huntsman Center.
Utes Rock The House!
Every NCAA gymnastics attendance record has been set in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including the most people ever to watch a collegiate gymnastics meet (15,558 vs. Florida in 2011) and highest season attendance average (14,376 in 2014). Utah gymnastics has attracted 11 crowds in excess of 15,000 and 30 crowds of 14,000 or more.
Utah has led the nation in gymnastics attendance 30 of the last 33 years and has won four all-women’s sports attendance titles, including 2014. The Utes have averaged over 11,000 fans a meet since 1992 and over 14,000 a meet for the past five seasons.
|Top Huntsman Center Crowds|
|1||15,558* vs. Florida, 3-4-11|
|2||15,552 vs. Georgia, 1-22-10|
|3||15,447 vs. BYU, 3-28-08|
|4||15,310 vs. BYU, 1-27-12|
|5||15,238 vs. Cal State-Fullerton, 2-11-91|
|6||15,168 vs. Boise State/Washington, 3-6-93|
|7||15,082 vs. SUU/BYU/TWU, 2-6-09|
|8||15,080 vs. Florida, 3-13-09|
|9||15,072 vs. BYU/USU/SUU, 1-20-92|
|10||15,030 vs. BYU, 3-26-10|
|11||15,224 vs. Georgia, 3-15-14|
|12||14,978 vs. Penn State, 3-9-92|
|13||14,930 vs. Florida, 3-16-13|
|14||14,926 vs. Georgia, 2-3-12|
|15||14,917 vs. OSU/WVA/SUU, 1-19-13|
|Top Season Average Attendance|
Home Court Advantage
Utah once went 24 years and 170 meets (Feb. 20, 1979 through Mar. 23, 2002) without losing a dual meet competition. It is the longest home win streak by any NCAA sport. Including postseason competition, the Utes have won 94% of their home meets, with an all-time home record of 427-26!
The Jon M. Huntsman Center has hosted nine national gymnastics championships—more any other venue—and 12 regional championships.