An olympic-size sheet of ice provides hours of entertainment for the individuals that convene at Park City Ice Arena. Guests can lace up their skates and learn proper techniques during hockey and ice skating lessons. A special public skate session ? Cosmic Skate ? darkens the arena before illuminating the ice with colored lights. Technicians use sonar to measure the ice's thickness, ensuring that the rink is between 1.25 and 1.5 inches thick. The arena is also available for birthday parties and other events, with activities such as ice skating, curling, broomball, and sled hockey.
This season, the Utah Grizzlies, fearsome ECHL vets, take to the ice led by the slicing skates of captain Nick Tuzzolino, who, along with assistant captain Cody Lampl, helms the ruthless checks of the team's newly acquired defenseman. As the brawny lineup pressures the Condors' defenses, goalie Andrew Engelage attempts to keep pucks from sneaking into the net, which fills with monarch butterflies after every team victory. The Salt Lake Tribune analyzes coach Kevin Colley's new roster, musing, "more size and more talent…beyond just scoring more, the Grizzlies hope to flat-out intimidate opponents." Since 1994, the ECHL premier AA hockey team has sent 200 players up to the NHL, a statistic nearly as delectable as the fresh-cut shaved ice for sale rinkside.
The Junction City Roller Dolls—a four-team Women's Flat Track Derby Association league—whip fans into a frenzy, earning kudos from In This Week along the way. With playful costumes and sassy names, three local squads—the Trainwrecks, After Shocks, and Hilltop Aces—will turn the Davis Conference Center into a playground of rebel yells and impromptu games of Red Rover. Groupon holders can grab trackside seats to watch blockers, such as Dominique Trix, rattle rivals with fierce hip-checks and shiver-inducing laser vision, or point-scoring jammers, such as Malibu Harpy, weave through packs of oncoming skaters as they waggle their tongues at the opposing team.
The Utah Flash tears up the hardwood in the NBA Development League, honing the skills of its gravity-disbelieving athletes for the NBA's Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. The Flash’s prospective pros, such as guard Orien Greene and guard/forward Pape Sy, use their sphere-bouncing skills to stun spectators, rankle league rivals, and agitate juggling circus bears throughout the Flash's 2010–2011 schedule. The premier box puts hoops-hungry fans in the heart of the aeronautical action, with all seating situated in rows one through nine of the Utah D-League Arena.
The WCFC pins proficient punchers against each other during intense one-on-one bouts. Throughout the Last Man Standing event, fighting fans absorb four hours of adrenaline-packed jabs from floor seats, which are close enough to cheer on fighters, overhear the trainers' strategies, and slip favorite protein-shake recipes into competitors' gym bags. Two simultaneous eight-man tournaments—divided by weight class—sustain the evening of nonstop scrapping during five-minute bouts, which afford combatants little time to conserve energy or stall with levelheaded games of Monopoly.
The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.