July 15, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's athletic department announced Wednesday that the 12th meeting between the Aggie soccer team and the University of Utah on Sept. 24 will not be played in either Logan or in Salt Lake City. The in-state rivalry will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, home of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake. The match is set for 7 p.m. MT.
"We are extremely excited for this opportunity to play in Rio Tinto Stadium," Cairns said. "The combination of a world class facility and the fact that we get to bring a home Aggie event right to our Salt Lake City supporters and alumni's doorsteps, will allow us to play in a truly unique atmosphere."
This is the first time that the Utah State soccer team has played a match in an MLS stadium.
Rio Tinto Stadium is located in Sandy, Utah, at the heart of the Wasatch Front. It is only 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and 25 minutes from SLC International Airport. The state-of-the-art facility opened in October of 2008 and was named the host sight of the 2009 MLS All-Star game.
The world-class venue seats 20,000 people for MLS matches and other sporting events. The capacity can increase to 25,000 for concerts. Stadium amenities include 32 luxury suites, a 2,000-square foot Stadium Club, 1,000 premium club seats, five locker rooms, a 60-foot Video Board, and ribbon LED boards stretching 200 feet long.
Last season, the Utes stopped the Aggies, 2-0, in Salt Lake on Sept. 12, when Utah scored two second-half goals to defeat Utah State. The Utes hold a 10-1 record over the Aggies.
Utah State will look to defend its Western Athletic Conference regular season title. Last season, the Aggies were a perfect 7-0-0 in conference matches en route to its first WAC crown. USU returns four of the seven all-WAC honorees from last season, including midfielder Lindsey Smart, forward Lauren Hansen, midfielder Chandra Salmon and 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year, forward Shantel Flanary.
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