SALT LAKE CITY -- Steve Anderson has been competing in archery since he was 13.
Now he’s working to be a world champion, and he said with the opening of the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center, he’ll be able to take his skills to a whole new level.
“This is just the extra edge I need that maybe some other guys in the world don’t have,” said Steve Anderson, a professional archer.
The $12 million training facility is more 60,000 square feet in size with several shooting ranges, indoor and outdoor, and also a 3D course.
“This is an incredible building,” Anderson said. “I’ve been around the world shooting archery, and there’s nothing like this. There are others that are similar, but nothing that has everything that this one has.”
The Easton Archery Center is first of its kind in many ways. Not only does it have shooting ranges, but there is advanced technology testing, meeting and classroom space, a gym, a sports medical room and a workshop.
“People will come from all over the world, literally, to shoot here,” said Denise Parker, Local Archery Olympian
But the facility isn’t just for the experts – even if you’ve never picked up a bow and arrow – there are certified instructors here to give one -on-one training.
“The great thing about archery is everyone can shoot together,” said Greg Easton, the president of Easton Foundations. “You can be there with your kid, your grandmother, having fun and shooting archery.”
Having this facility will put Utah on the map with archers from around the world, and it may even help future Olympians prepare.
“There are no words to describe how amazing it is to have the world’s best facility in our backyard,” Parker said. “I definitely think this will lead to more Olympians coming out of Utah.”
The archery center will attract and host major archery events like the world cups and world championships, bringing economic impact to the state.