Salt Palace

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Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center
Salt Palace entrance
The Salt Palace's main entrance on West Temple
Location 100 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Coordinates 40°46′1″N 111°53′42″W / 40.76694°N 111.89500°W / 40.76694; -111.89500Coordinates: 40°46′1″N 111°53′42″W / 40.76694°N 111.89500°W / 40.76694; -111.89500
Owner Salt Lake County
Capacity 10,725 (original)
12,666 (expanded)
Opened mid-1990s
Construction cost $93 million USD

(of previous building at this location)

Utah Stars (ABA) (1970–1975)

Utah Jazz (NBA) (1979–1991)

Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL) (1969–1991)

This article describes a convention center in Utah. For the demolished arena of the same name see Salt Palace (arena).

The Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, more commonly known as the Salt Palace, is a convention center in Salt Lake City and is named after Utah's 11th Governor, Calvin L. Rampton. The name "Salt Palace" was previously used by two other venues in Salt Lake City.

First Salt Palace (1899–1910)[edit]

Postcard of First Salt Palace

The original historic Salt Palace was built in 1899 under the direction of Richard K.A. Kletting, architect, and owned by John Franklin Heath. It stood on 900 South, between State Street and Main Street in Salt Lake City. The original Salt Palace contained a dance hall, theatre, and racing track. It was destroyed by fire on August 29, 1910, and was replaced by the Majestic Hall.

Second Salt Palace (arena) (1969–1994)[edit]

Main article: Salt Palace (arena)

Current Salt Palace (Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center) (1995–present)[edit]

Conference room hallway in the Salt Palace.

The current convention center boasts 515,000 square feet (47,800 m2) of exhibit space, 164,000 square feet (15,200 m2) of meeting space including a 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) grand ballroom, and 66 meeting rooms. The Salt Palace served as the Olympic Media Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics.[1]

In honor of the "founding father" of Salt Lake's convention and tourism business, as well as Utah's proactive economic development efforts, the Salt Lake County Council voted to officially change the name of the Salt Palace Convention Center to the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in the fall of 2007.[2]

Salt Lake Comic Con, the biannual comic book convention, has been held at the Salt Palace Convention Center since September 2013.

A Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News was scheduled to take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 21, 2016. The event was cancelled after front-runner Donald Trump said he would not participate and fellow candidate John Kasich said he would not participate without Trump.[3][4]


Interior of the east entrance.

The trusses that support the roof were designed by roller-coaster designer Kent Seko. Many of the convention center's most striking visual features were achieved through the use of Hollow Structural Steel (HSS) in exposed applications by its architects, Atlanta-based Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates working with a local firm, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith Architects.

Solar panels[edit]

On May 24, 2012, a 1.65 MW solar array was completed on the roof. Covering an area of 3.85 acres, at the time it was the largest solar array in Utah. It is expected to provide 17% of the electricity used by the Salt Palace.[5]


  1. ^ "Salt Lake City, Utah Tourism". Visit Salt Lake. 1998-07-21. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  2. ^ ""Salt Palace to add Rampton's name," Deseret News, September 26, 2007". 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Fox News to host March 21 Republican presidential debate". Fox News. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Debate canceled after Donald Trump says he won't show in Salt Lake City, Kasich too". Salt Lake Tribune. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  5. ^ Bella Energy completes largest solar array in Utah[dead link]

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Preceded by
Louisiana Superdome
Home of the
Utah Jazz

1979 – 1991
Succeeded by
Delta Center
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Home of the
Utah Stars

1970 – 1975
Succeeded by
last arena