As a sports fan, I have been thrilled with my experience adopting the University of Utah as my home team for many sporting events such as football and basketball. This past weekend, I was able to attend one of my new favorite sports to watch along with a sellout crowd that filled the Huntsman Center to the brim. Utah gymnastics had a record crowd of over 16,000 fans on hand for senior night to watch the Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team steamroll a talented Michigan squad in a result that was never in doubt. Utah gymnastics has a huge following and is an extremely successful program, having never missed the national championship tournament, acquiring 10 championship trophies over the 30 years of existence, and consistently being the top-attended women’s program of any collegiate sport. It is impressive to me to realize that the gymnastics team just had a bigger turnout for one meet than Tulane football had cumulative for all of their home games in a season.
Utah certainly puts on a fantastic show, and the fans rightfully enjoy the experience and get into it. One of my favorite moments of the evening was the “Simba Cam”, where parents hold up their small children in a Pride Rock fashion for the cameras to zoom in on. The Pac 12 championship is coming up in a few days, and hopefully Utah can bring home another championship. Go Utes!by