SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Sports Hall of Fame finally has a building of its own.
Memorabilia, plaques, and interactive video screens will be on display when the Hall of Fame opens to the public this Saturday.
“This is very important, this is a classroom,” said former Jazz coach Frank Layden, who was inducted in 2009. “This is part of our past. Imagine all the youngsters that will come through here for years to come or older folks who say, ‘Hey, I remember that.’
Some 233 Utah athletes and coaches from all types of sports, from LaVell Edwards and Merlin Olsen in football to John Stockton, Karl Malone and Arnie Ferrin in basketball, Missy Marlowe in gymnastics, to Olympians like Noel Pikus-Pace and Cael Sanderson are in the Hall.
“We have world champions, great basketball players, great football players,” Layden said. “It’s amazing in a state this size have turned out the quality of athletes and quality of coaches. I fooled them for a long time. I reached a high level of mediocrity and they rewarded me for it.”
The Utah Sports Hall of Fame is located at 99 West South Temple in City Creek. It will officially open to the public this Saturday.