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Sandy

The Ultimate Base Camp for Spring and Summer Fun

Tom Haraldsen

October 1, 2011

Later in the year, the city commemorates its history during an annual Heritage Festival. Held at the Historic Main Street Park in mid-September, the festival offers food, entertainment, a vintage car show and fun activities for kids.

Sports, Shopping and Entertainment
While outdoor recreation dominates Utah year round, the indoors also provide a host of enjoyable activities. The Rio Tinto Stadium, a state-of-the-art sports facility and concert venue, is the home of Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake (RSL). The championship-winning team plays 15 home games during the regular season, so if you’ve never seen the fast-paced excitement of a professional soccer game, now’s the perfect time.

With its iconic architecture, the stadium offers beautiful views of both the Oquirrh and the Wasatch mountains. Soccer isn’t its only game—the venue has a year-round lineup of sporting events such as football, rugby, lacrosse and motor sports, as well as world-class concerts. The stadium boasts 32 luxury suites, a large full-service stadium club, 1,000 premium club seats, a 60-foot video board and two 200-foot ribbon LED boards.

Is shopping more your style? Sandy is home to Utah’s largest shopping destination—the South Towne Mall. At nearly 1 million square feet and with 150 specialty stores and restaurants, the mall is the only mall in Utah with four large anchor stores. South Towne Mall has several additional amenities, including a carousel, train rides, a dinosaur play land, the largest indoor climbing gym in the western United States and a full-service day spa.

The area surrounding the mall contains another 500,000 square feet of retail space featuring eateries, department stores and a plethora of shops.

And coming soon to the area is Scheels, a sporting and outdoor recreation mega-retailer. To be completed in October 2012, the 220,000-square-foot store will offer the largest selection of sports, sportswear and footwear in the state. Scheels is actually a collection of micro-shops that each focus on a specific brand or product. The store will also be an entertainment destination with a 16,000-gallon salt water aquarium, a Ferris wheel, a wildlife mountain, hunting and sports simulators, gift shops and eateries.

Jordan Commons, just a few blocks north of the mall, is another one-stop entertainment destination for families, featuring movie theaters and fun family dining, including live cliff divers. Enhance your movie experience at Megaplex Theatres with 17 screens of first-run films, including the state’s largest digital IMAX 2D/3D theatre. Additionally, guests are welcome to dine at the food court or take their selections into the theaters to enjoy during the film.

Sandy is also home to a unique venue for exploration and education—The Living Planet Aquarium. Located on the corner of 700 East and 10600 South, The Living Planet Aquarium has more than 1,250 animals in three main exhibits: Journey to South America, Ocean Explorer and Discover Utah. The aquarium features sharks, penguins, an octopus, a sea turtle and a stingray touch pool.

Doing Business in Sandy
South Towne Expo Center, one of the busiest convention and exposition centers in the country, is situated in the middle of the action in Sandy. Built in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley, just off of I-15, the Expo Center is easily accessible to visitors from across the Wasatch Front.

The Expo Center contains an incredible 243,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, which can be divided into five separate halls, each with its own restrooms, concessions and show offices. The exhibit hall also has state-of-the-art connectivity with fiber optics, power, water and compressed air lines throughout. In addition to the exhibit space, the Expo Center also has an additional 15,000 square feet of meeting rooms for smaller events and banquets.

The Expo Center is located in the heart of Sandy, adjacent to a TRAX stop, Jordan Commons, and the Rio Tinto Stadium. More than 50 restaurants and 1,200 hotel rooms are within two miles of the center.

Several local and national groups have discovered the Expo Center and return year after year for their trade shows, conventions and meetings. Some of the prominent spring and summer events include the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, What a Woman Wants and Scout-O-Rama.

In early spring, don’t miss the Salt Lake Tribune Spring Home & Garden Festival. Local landscapers are on hand to show off the latest trends in outdoor design, and experts offer tips for making your home more energy efficient. The festival also features contests, presentations and a full spectrum of exhibitors.

You’ll find it all in Sandy—the best place to set up your base camp and venture into the wonderful Wasatch Front!

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