Rio Tinto Stadium

Project Description

When Wasatch Electric was selected to provide a complete electrical installation for the new Rio Tinto Stadium, we responded by applying our considerable expertise to deliver a sophisticated, high-performance electrical systems solution.

Home to Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake and National Women's Soccer League club Utah Royals FC, the 20,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility is spread over 12 acres.

The stadium is designed to attract a wide array of events, strengthening Utah’s reputation as an international sporting destination.

Scope of Work

The project’s highlight was a high-power outdoor lighting system, bright enough for televised broadcasts. We mounted over 390 sports lighting fixtures on a 110-foot-high catwalk to meet the light level criteria.

The project also included: 

  • An extensive duck bank system
  • High-power outdoor sports lighting
  • Reliable backup power
  • Low-voltage services
  • Advanced security systems to help ensure crowd safety
  • CCTV 
  • Teledata
  • Fire alarm 
  • Security

We also satisfied this massive project’s complex power requirements by putting in four separate services – two 3,000-amp and two 1,500-amp.

Unique Attributes

During construction, our team successfully overcame a number of difficult project issues, including the unique architectural design of the stadium, a schedule that started three months late and ended one month early, and what some observers called the worst Utah winter in a decade. 

Additionally, the lighting installation was particularly challenging due to the tight space available on the catwalk and because the exposed conduit needed to be molded to the steel structures supporting the stadium canopy and catwalks.

In spite of these obstacles, we met numerous interim milestone dates and completed the project on time with outstanding safety conditions. In all, we expended 68,000 manhours without a lost-time accident.

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