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Rice-Eccles Stadium

The University of Utah's venerable 45,000 capacity football stadium was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Situated in the northeast part of the city at the foot of the mountains, the stadium's surroundings give the best of both worlds: picturesque scenery on one side and a vibrant city on the other.


So many details go into an event like the Nitro World Games, and a lot has evolved since the beginning, but one thing everyone agreed on from the start was that Salt Lake City is the perfect location. Nitro Circus was born in Utah, right in Salt Lake City in fact, in Gregg Godfrey's garage. In the early days, Gregg was shooting all over Utah and editing what would become the first Nitro Circus videos at his home outside of SLC. Not only that, Utah in general is an action sports paradise, the perfect stage for the newest, biggest competition.

"We knew we needed a strong (and loud) action-sports-based crowd," Travis Pastrana says. "Salt Lake City has been sold out and super loud every time we come with Nitro Circus Live." And there's a reason for that, which is probably the most important factor: Utah is an action-sports junkie's paradise. With some of the best terrain in the world for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, dirtbike riding, and more, the whole area is an extreme mecca. It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet of terrain. From the renowned slopes of Park City to the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats and every desert, lake, and trail in between, the state is brimming with opportunities to throw down.

But it's not just the sports that are exciting. SLC has quite a nightlife too. The music scene in particular is thriving in Utah, which has given us bands like Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, and The Used. SLC is full of up-and-comers performing at any of dozens of spots around the city, giving audiophiles plenty of options to go see if they can spot the next big thing. Who knew?