About Rio Tinto Stadium
Rio Tinto Stadium
Located in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Rio Tinto Stadium is an outdoor soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of up to 20,213. Affectionately known as the Rio T or even just the RioT, this newly-constructed soccer arena is the home of major league soccer events, football, and rugby games, and several concerts.
The History of Rio Tinto Stadium
A relatively new stadium, Rio Tinto was originally conceived in 2005. Breaking ground in 2006 and opening its doors for the first time in 2008, the venue’s history is mostly a collection of stories about politicians arguing about where it would be built and how much it would cost. In fact, for a while it looked like the project would never get off the ground in the first place until the governor of Utah at the time stepped in and helped pave the way for its construction!
What’s So Special About Rio Tinto Stadium Events?
Real Salt Lake has, from the very beginning, been one of the biggest contenders in the MLS, and many of its biggest wins have been at Rio Tinto Stadium. You’re guaranteed one hell of a show if you catch this soccer team on the pitch at this venue for sure!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Rio Tinto Stadium located?
Rio Tinto Stadium is located in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
What kind of events does Rio Tinto Stadium host?
Other than soccer, Rio Tinto events have hosted the XFINITY Football Challenge annually since 2011, is often used for rugby matches for both collegiate and professional rugby, and has hosted a number of concerts as well. Performers that have drawn large crowds at the Rio T include The Eagles, Paul McCartney, KISS, Journey, Neil Diamond, and Jason Aldean.
Which team is playing at Rio Tinto Stadium?
Specifically conceived and built as a home for Real Salt Lake, the city’s Major League Soccer team, as a permanent home, Rio Tinto Stadium has been serving in that capacity since it opened in 2008. Other tenants include the Real Monarchs SLC of the United Soccer League from 2015 to 2017 and the Utah Royals FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, which moved into the venue in 2018.
Where can I park for free at Rio Tinto Stadium?
Parking for Rio Tinto Stadium events is included in the cost of the ticket. Parking lots are designated based on seat location. Street parking on public streets surrounding the stadium is also permitted but, in designated areas only.
What is the seating capacity of Rio Tinto Stadium?
Rio Tinto Stadium events can host up to 20,213 cheering fans.
Who owns Rio Tinto Stadium?
Rio Tinto Stadium is owned by Dell Loy Hansen.
How do I get to Rio Tinto Stadium using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach Rio Tinto Stadium events by public transport can hop on the TRAX light rail system. Station Sandy Expo, on the blue line, is a short 10-minute walk away.