Sports are a great way for communities, families, and friends to connect. They can also make exercise incredibly fun. In Utah, there are plenty of opportunities for children, teens, and adults to get engaged in sports. If you’re interested in developing your children’s talents, getting more involved in the community, and/or boosting your health, consider one of these 10 best sports centers in Utah.
Built to accommodate a series of events for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Peaks Ice Arena is now a major center of activity in Utah Valley. With an adjoining water park, Peaks Ice Arena has multiple ice rinks for public and private use, as well as courts for indoor soccer leagues and free-play.
Offering youth sport leagues, aquatics facilities, a fitness center, ice rinks, camps, classes, and personal training services, SLC Sports Complex is more like a sprawling playground for fitness and sports buffs. Day-passes and memberships are available to suit a variety of interests.
Located 16 miles west of Salt Lake City, the Utah Olympic is a five-acre venue that houses Utah’s only 400-meter speed skating oval, as well as two international-sized ice sheets and a running track in impeccable condition. Constructed for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the oval is now a multi-use community facility that provides opportunities for participation in ice sports.
Formerly named “Soccer City Utah,” Sport City Utah has now taken on a new identity in offering loads of indoor soccer services, as well as camps in rugby, baseball, and volleyball. A bit more expensive than community centers, the quality of the facilities are perfect for major sports buffs.
At Alta Canyon Sports Center, you can drop off your child for swim lessons, your teenager for lifeguard certification, and the head off to play racquetball for an hour with a friend. The center is a place for families to enjoy each other’s company and get fit together.
For competitive soccer players who live in Utah year-round, it can be discouraging not to practice on a full-length playing field during the winter months. If you’re looking to keep up your soccer skills throughout the year and don’t feel that smaller, indoor soccer courts are satisfactory, Utah Sports Lodge is worth investigating.
Offering futsal academy (indoor soccer), bubble ball soccer, and a variety of other activities, the Riverbend Sports Complex is ideal for anyone who wants to hone their soccer footwork on a smaller scale.
Opened in 2013, the Provo Recreation Center has quickly become one of Provo’s most happening places, and especially in the early morning. With an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and an indoor track, the center fits a variety of fitness and community needs.
Advertising itself as a more elite sports center, the Sports Mall in Murray is a private family athletic and racquetball club. With month to month contracts and all imaginable facilities, the Sports Mall is worth the higher price point.
Catering to a bit of a different crowd than your standard sports center, Champions Sports Center focuses on tumbling, gymnastics, and rehabilitation services for all types of athletes. As the years go by, new sports are introduced to the center, which has a more laid-back and serviceable vibe.