Orem Utah Professional Sports

Orem has been home to a number of professional sports teams in addition to being the home to Utah Valley University’s Wolverines athletic teams.

Orem Owlz Minor League Baseball Team

The Orem Owlz, a Minor League Baseball team, was based in Orem, Utah, USA, from 2001 until 2020. They were part of the Pioneer League, operating as a Rookie League affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels, and hosted their home games at the Home of the Owlz, situated on the Utah Valley University campus. From 2001 to 2004, they were referred to as the Provo Angels.

In 2021, Minor League Baseball underwent a contraction, leading to the transformation of the Pioneer League, to which the Owlz had belonged since 2001, from a Rookie Advanced league affiliated with MLB to an independent baseball league, while also earning the distinction of an MLB Partner League. This transition was simultaneous with the Owlz’s relocation to Windsor, Colorado, where they rebranded themselves as the Northern Colorado Owlz.

Utah Catzz Professional Indoor Football League

The Utah Catzz was an American football team participating in the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) in 1998. The team was owned by Michael and Carla Curran, who also established a farm club for the Catzz, namely the Salt Lake Lions, a semi-pro football team. The Catzz hosted their home games at the David O. McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah, while the team’s administrative office was based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team was represented by the colors Blue, Red, and Purple, with Gordon Hudson serving as the head coach for the 1998 season.

In the 1997-98 preseason, the Catzz engaged in four PIFL games, emerging victorious in three:

  • On December 6, 1997, the Utah Catzz scored 41 against the West Virginia Wizards’ 51.
  • On December 20, 1997, the Utah Catzz triumphed over the Texas Bullets with a score of 47 to 22.
  • On March 21, 1998, the Utah Catzz defeated the Tucson Mirage† with a score of 59 to 23.
  • On April 4, 1998, the Utah Catzz narrowly won against the Louisiana Bayou Beast with a score of 42 to 40.

Utah Flash NBA G League Basketball

The team originated in 2007 under the name Utah Flash and was affiliated with the Utah Jazz. In April 2013, the team was bought by the 76ers, subsequently moved to Delaware, and was rechristened as the Delaware 87ers, also known as the Sevens, until 2018. The Delaware Blue Coats, an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League, are based in Wilmington, Delaware, and have an affiliation with the Philadelphia 76ers. They host their home games at the Chase Fieldhouse. 

In 2018, the 87ers transitioned to the Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Delaware, and underwent a rebranding to become the Delaware Blue Coats.

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At one time Orem was known as Sharon, a Biblical name for a mostly level strip of land running between mountains and the sea, and the name of the Vermont birth town of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Another former name was Provo Bench. In an apparent attempt to attract more investment to the town and provide an easy way for the large population of farmers with orchards to ship produce, in 1914 it was named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad in the early 1900s. Orem was incorporated on May 5, 1919.

Orem is the birthplace of many notable people from Orem Utah including professional athletes, politicians, authors, and more. 

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