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Olympic cauldron reinstalled outside of U.’s Rice-Eccles Stadium

Construction crews use a crane to reinstall the 2002 Olympic cauldron outside of the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Construction crews use a crane to reinstall the 2002 Olympic cauldron outside of the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday.

The cauldron was removed in February 2020 to make way for an $80 million expansion of the stadium. The cauldron was transported to an off-site location where all 738 glass panes were removed and the structure was sandblasted and refinished.

On Friday, the cauldron was lowered onto a newly constructed 17-foot-tall pedestal just north of the stadium ticket office.

Earlier this week, construction on the Ken Garff Performance Zone marked a significant milestone when the last beam was hoisted into place. The expansion and renovation project will enclose the south end zone, add premium seating and increase stadium capacity by nearly 5,000.

Scheduled to open later this year, the expansion will house both teams’ locker rooms, officials’ locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and many other spaces dedicated to game-day personnel at field level, plus a large field club.