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.
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, 13 NCAA regional championships and two Pac-12 Championships.
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 in the summer of 2014. 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. New videoboards were installed last fall at a cost of $4.1 million.
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), including the 1979 Final Four starring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
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 (16,019 vs. Michigan in 2015) and highest season attendance average (15,224 in 2017). Utah gymnastics has attracted 21 crowds in excess of 15,000 and 43 crowds of 14,000 or more.
Utah has led the nation in gymnastics attendance 33 of the last 36 years and has won seven all-women's sports attendance titles, including the four three. The Utes have averaged nearly 12,000 fans a meet since 1992 and over 14,000 a meet for the past eight seasons.
|Top Huntsman Center Crowds|
|1.||16,019* vs. Michigan 3-6-15|
|2.||15,558 vs. Florida, 3-4-11|
|15,558 vs. UCLA, 2-18-17|
|15,558 vs. Stanford, 3-3-17|
|3.||15,552 vs. Georgia, 1-22-10|
|4.||15,550 vs. Oregon State, 1-23-16|
|5.||15,447 vs. BYU, 3-28-08|
|6.||15,310 vs. BYU, 1-27-12|
|7.||15,238 vs. Cal State-Fullerton, 2-11-91|
|8.||15,224 vs. Georgia, 3-15-14|
|9.||15,503 vs. Washington, 2-13-16|
|10.||15,403 vs. Georgia, 3-12-16|
|11.||15,326 vs. California, Feb. 4|
|12.||15,202 vs. Stanford, 2-12-15|
|13.||15,168 vs. Boise State/Washington, 3-6-93|
|14.||15,105 vs. BSU/Denver/UIC, 1-20-17|
|15.||15,082 vs. SUU/BYU/TWU, 2-6-09|
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 458-26!
The Jon M. Huntsman Center has hosted nine national gymnastics championships—more any other venue—and 13 regional championships.
|Top Season Average Attendance|