The Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee cleared the way for the minor hockey league Denver Grizzlies to move to Utah by deciding to give $7 million to West Valley City for a new arena.
Dave Elmore, owner of the International Hockey League club, said he would immediately contact league offices to inform them the franchise would move to West Valley City.
Elmore also said he met with officials of the Delta Center and was assured the Grizzlies could play there for the two years it will take West Valley City to complete a new 10,000-seat hockey arena.
Under the deal, the arena will be designated as an ice hockey venue for the 2002 Winter Games. West Valley City will receive the grant in 2001.
This year’s Brickyard 400 is offering the largest purse in NASCAR history, another sign of the growth of auto racing.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway said the purse for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 5 will be $4.5 million, up from $3.2 million this year. The winner is guaranteed more than $500,000.