Winter Olympics Open House Held Today at Stadium

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During the Olympics, many facets of everyday life will change: Traffic, tourism and trade will play a larger role in Utahns? lives.

Many residents and businesses may have questions about the changes that will take place in February.

In order to address their concerns, the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City Corporation and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee will host the second of three open houses today on the fourth floor of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

?The U felt it needed to take a leadership role to provide information to the community as a whole and specifically to the campus community,? said Gwen Springmeyer, associate director of the U?s 2002 Olympic Coordination Office.

The open house will have two segments?a general overview and numerous breakout sessions addressing specific topics, which include: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, mail delivery, the Olympic Arts Festival and the University Medical Center.

A special meeting is being held specifically for the U community in order to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend, as well as catch U staff members as they leave work, Springmeyer said.

The U meeting will be held between 4:30 and 7 p.m. The meeting for the general public will start at 6 p.m. Both offer the overview and breakout sessions.

Nearly 1,500 people attended the first open house in early August, and the U wants to make sure there is enough room for everyone, Springmeyer said.

The final open house will be held in October, hosted by the Salt Lake City Corporation.

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