Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell


9     General Description:
10          This joint resolution addresses issues related to the Utah Athletic Foundation, also
11     known as the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This resolution:
14          ▸     urges the Utah Athletic Foundation to take on operating responsibilities of the
15     Soldier Hollow Nordic Center; and
16          ▸     supports the desire of the Utah Athletic Foundation to add representation to its
17     board of directors of a resident of Wasatch County with knowledge and interest in
18     the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center.
19     Special Clauses:
20          None

22     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          WHEREAS, as used in this resolution:
24          (1) "Foundation" means the Utah Athletic Foundation, also known as the Utah
25     Olympic Legacy Foundation;
26          (2) "Soldier Hollow Nordic Center" means certain real property and improvements on
27     the real property within a portion of the state's Wasatch State Park, including cross-country
28     skiing trails, a biathlon range, the Courtland C. Nelson Lodge, and associated facilities; and
29          (3) "Winter Sports Park" means the Foundation's winter sports park and access road

30     from State Highway 224 located in Summit County, Utah, consisting of certain real property
31     and all improvements on the real property, including three separate venues, a nordic ski jump
32     complex, a freestyle aerial jump and pool complex, and a bobsled and luge track together with
33     associated facilities and all rights-of-way and other rights of ingress and egress that the
34     Foundation owns;
35          WHEREAS, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee of the Olympic Winter Games of
36     2002 successfully hosted the Olympic Winter Games of 2002;
37          WHEREAS, the state contributed in significant ways to the success of the Olympic
38     Winter Games of 2002, including building winter sports facilities used in hosting the Olympic
39     Winter Games of 2002;
40          WHEREAS, because of the success of the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, the
41     Foundation received over $70,000,000 from the revenues of the Olympic Winter Games of
42     2002;
43          WHEREAS, 1994 General Session S.J.R. 17 and subsequent joint resolutions of the
44     Legislature address the sale of the Winter Sports Park and payment of a legacy fund to the
45     Foundation by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the operation and maintenance of
46     certain Olympic venues operated by the Foundation;
47          WHEREAS, 1994 General Session S.J.R. 17 and subsequent joint resolutions of the
48     Legislature address various aspects of the structure and governance of the Foundation;
49          WHEREAS, the citizens of Utah have an interest in the long-term financial and
50     operational success of the Foundation because of the importance of winter sports to the state
51     and because of the reversionary interest the state has in the Winter Sports Park under specified
52     circumstances;
53          WHEREAS, the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, which was a venue during the Olympic
54     Winter Games of 2002, remains an important venue in this state for winter sports;
55          WHEREAS, the name "Soldier Hollow" has historical significance; and
56          WHEREAS, the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has been operated by the Soldier
57     Hollow Legacy Foundation since 2000, but currently the Division of Parks and Recreation is

58     working with all parties to transfer operating responsibilities to the Utah Athletic Foundation:
59          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, should efforts be completed between
60     the state and the Foundation to transfer operation of the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center to the
61     Foundation, the Legislature of the state of Utah urges the Foundation to amend its articles of
62     incorporation and bylaws by no later than August 1, 2017, to do the following:
63          (1) add to the Foundation's purposes, language providing that the Foundation will
64     operate and jointly maintain with the state the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center;
65          (2) add to the Foundation's purposes, language providing that the Foundation will
66     equally support efforts and action steps within its owned or long-term leased venues to
67     accomplish the Foundation's core missions and long-term goals;
68          (3) modify the membership of the board of directors to add a member as follows: "one
69     member residing in Wasatch County who is familiar with the needs and interests of the Soldier
70     Hollow Nordic Center"; and
71          (4) add the intention of the Foundation to ensure that the phrase "Soldier Hollow"
72     remains a part of the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center facility's official name.
73          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Foundation provide a copy of amended articles
74     of incorporation and bylaws adopted by the board of directors that conform to this joint
75     resolution to the Legislature through the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
76          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
77     Athletic Foundation.