Cox signs bills for major league stadiums in Salt Lake City

Mar 20, 2024, 7:30 AM

rendering of a proposed Major League Baseball stadium...

A new rendering of a proposed Major League Baseball stadium that would be located within the Power District project zone. (Larry H. Miller Company )

(Larry H. Miller Company )

SALT LAKE CITY — Major league baseball and hockey are one step closer to becoming realities in Utah after Gov. Spencer Cox signed a pair of bills that help create a framework for a new ballpark and new arena in Salt Lake City.

It’s no surprise that the governor approved both HB562 and SB272, which would invest at least $900 million in both proposals over the next several decades. HB562 creates a new Utah Fairpark Area Investment Restoration District to help shepherd the redevelopment planned for the Fairpark neighborhood and forthcoming Power District. It also provides up to $900 million in state funds for a possible Major League Baseball stadium, if Utah gets an expansion team by 2032.

The second bill, SB272, creates a “revitalization” zone in downtown Salt Lake City, that could eventually be home to a new arena for the Utah Jazz and a potential National Hockey League team.

With the Thursday deadline to sign or veto bills quickly approaching, Cox signed several other bills this week, including increased penalties for road rage in certain circumstances and a bill barring the state attorney general from private practice while in office.

Cox has now signed 453 bills of the 591 that passed the Utah Legislature during the recent general session. Here’s a brief recap of some of the recent bills signed by the governor:

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Cox signs bills for major league stadiums in Salt Lake City