Isn't interesting that a story published during the NCAA playoffs said that
Utah did not have an arena large enough to meet the NCAA requirements for NCAA
Sweet 16 and Championship matches. Not having a Convention Hotel was not part
of their concern. (BTW, we have multiple hotels that could be classified as
Convention Hotels, it is just that certain people want bigger ones.) The NBA
has similar concerns about needing larger arenas for the All Star Game.If you look at reality for a minute there is a dog chasing its tale in a
continuous circle going on. The Salt Palace claimed they needed to be bigger to
attract more conventions, and now they want a bigger "Convention" hotel
close to the Salt Palace, but the size of the hotel will dictate that the Salt
Palace is not big enough, so they will want to again enlarge the Salt Palace.
Where does it end? A story last year published in another local
paper indicated that the current Salt Palace is only 42-44% of capacity each
year. We really do not need a larger Convention Hotel, we need more conventions
that fit what we have.
All these (self) promoters keep telling us what a good deal it would be to have
a big hotel, and bigger convention center, and how they would make all sorts of
money and our economy would benefit by gazillions of dollars.I have
a deal for these folks. As a taxpayer, I will give up my chance to get rich off
footing the bill for a bigger hotel and convention center, and let THEM get rich
by building it with THEIR money.If they won't put THEIR money
into the project, that tells me we certainly should not be putting any tax money
into such a deal. (Or allowing sweetheart tax deals which are the same as taking
money from taxpayers, since they will just raise our taxes to collect enough to
make up for what they do not collect from the convention special good deal
lol whos to say we get anymore conventions other then the LDS annual ones. here
is a fact its not hotels why we dont get the all star games or NBA finals. our
liquor laws in this state are what keep a lot of major events from happening in
this state. the whole having to order food with drinks. as for the MLS all star
game. the riot cant hold the amount of people need to support the ALL star game.
not to mention the stadium food is sub par and way over priced. i don't
know about the arena. but guessing the same goes for it as well.
Steeples' piece lacks key information regarding the current numbers of
available hotel rooms for big SLC events and how many more rooms are needed to
reach the alleged ideal amount for hosting the big events. Plus, framing the
issue as needing one particular "convention center hotel" seems to be
missing the key point - if the need is more hotel rooms, why would they need to
be all in one particular hotel? All-star games really shouldn't be a
driving force. Even if SLC had sufficient hotels, the fair alotment for hosting
the NBA all-star game would be once every 30 years (1 year for each franchise).
I highly doubt that the MLS all-star game moves the needle enough to make Utah
need tons more hotels. Seems like we already have enough hotels for sweet 16
weekend if we have enough for the round of 64 and round of 32.
@DarkElf"as for the MLS all star game. the riot cant hold the
amount of people need to support the ALL star game"Rio Tinto has
already hosted the all-star game, dude.
So we go for mid-sized events. So what?
The idea of SLC hosting the repub convention is ludicrius. It goes to a swing
If Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, etc. aren't interested in building a hotel
of this magnitude, there's no reason for the state, county, or city to do
so. Marriott proposed doubling their downtown hotel on West Temple with a 2nd
tower, before City Creek was built, and decided against it. Wonder why?