Utah Sports Commission Supports Monster Energy Supercross Return to Salt Lake Cityâ€™s Rice-Eccles Stadium
Chad Reed and Utah Governor Herbert Welcome Monster Energy Supercross Back to Salt Lake City
AURORA, Ill. (April 27, 2011) â€“ Through the support of the Utah Sports Commission, the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returns to Salt Lake Cityâ€™s Rice-Eccles Stadium with the one of the greatest points races the sport has ever seen. This Thursday, former two-time Supercross class champion Chad Reed and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will welcome Monster Energy Supercrossâ€™ return to Salt Lake City at a press conference that begins at 11:30 a.m. inside the press box at Rice-Eccles.
â€œThe Utah Sports Commission plays a central role in the Salt Lake City supercross races and continues to take vital routes to keep Rice-Eccles Stadium on the Monster Energy Supercross schedule,â€ said Todd Jendro, senior director of two wheel operations, Feld Motor SportsÂ®. â€œMonster Energy Supercross will bring a $9 million economic impact to Salt Lake City and provide approximately $2 million in media value to Utah during the CBS broadcast of the event.â€
“Utah is delighted that this premier world motorsports event has returned to showcase our great state to a nationally televised audience,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “Revving supercross engines are actually the perfect metaphor for our revving Utah economy and the extra economic charge this event delivers.”
“Certainly Monster Energy Supercross has become a key motorsports championship both nationally and internationally and for Utah to be able to host it once again, is great for our economy and image as we continue to build Utah as the state of sport,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
Monster Energy Kawasakiâ€™s Ryan Villopoto, Rockstar/Makita Suzukiâ€™s Ryan Dungey, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing Hondaâ€™s Chad Reed and Stewart round out the top four places, respectively. With Stewartâ€™s win at Qwest Field Seattle, heâ€™s now tied with Villopoto at five for the most wins this season. On the other hand, Dungey and Reed have only one win apiece.
Last year more than 35,000 fans braved a mixture of snow, sleet, and rain at Rice Eccles Stadium where Kevin Windham raced to his second victory of the season and Jake Weimer claimed the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship.
The first supercross race held at Rice-Eccles Stadium took place in 2001 where 42,135 fans packed the venue to witness Ricky Carmichael win his 13th race of the 16 round season.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig [email protected] or 630-566-6305. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook and Twitter, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrosslive and www.twitter.com/supercrosslive.
About Feld Motor SportsÂ®
Feld Motor SportsÂ®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster JamÂ®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyzâ„ , and IHRAÂ® Nitro JamÂ®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the worldâ€™s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.