The Salt Lake Scene

Rivalry Week Begins!

byu-uIf you live in Utah right now and are any kind of sports fan, you are running on sports overload. This past week has been packed full of exciting sports at almost every level. From this past weekend’s high school State Football Championships to last night’s Cinderella story in the MLS Cup final, this is an amazing time for sports.
Even though Utah has no pro football team, the biggest event in sports every year is one important football game. This year college rivals, BYU and University of Utah, will meet at Lavell Edwards Stadium at BYU to once again settle the score in what promises to be an all out battle.
Both teams have a 9-2 record going into the match up. The rivalry between these two teams is one of the biggest college football rivalries in the country, but their competition with one another on the field is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the competition between these two schools. Some people have nicknamed the rivalry between Brigham Young University and University of Utah a “holy war”. In this rivalry context, the term Holy War refers to the fact that BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the University of Utah is a state-owned academic institution.
If you don’t already have a ticket to the game, they are hard to come by. Scalpers successfully sell tickets for as much as $400 each during rivalry week. In the past 10 years, Utah has won 6 and BYU only 4 of the matches. It has become a tradition for both schools to make game 12 the climax of the season by facing off with their closest rivals. This is one game you won’t want to miss. So, if you don’t have tickets to the game, I suggest finding a seat of one of the many local sports bars and restaurants that will be packed with blue and red fans on game day. Go Utah!