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Published: Monday, March 28 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Denver, Colorado

Welcome to the PAC-12......if you're going to belong, you're going to have to pay the price. Even if you're a basement dweller for years to come!!!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Congratulations, Utes. This was a big step in the transition process to competing with the big boys. I'm excited about the trend in recent years to really upgrade the facilities of the local programs. BYU's facilities are top-notch. Their indoor practice facility is incredible, they have one of the larger stadiums in the west, and their support facilities are great too. And as for Utah, you've really seen an upgrade since Meyer came in. They built their indoor practice facility as well which is also solid, they re-did the weight room which is now great, and they've slowly upgraded RES. This new facility will have them right on par with the other teams in their conference, and the commitment to upgrading is what should really have Ute fans excited. Good for them.

Savage, MN

This is an outrage! Just think of how the money they are wasting on sports could be used to improve the Womens Studies program, not to mention the GLBT scholarship fund!

Ann Arbor, MI

Great news! This will be like a kid in a candy store for recruites.

The days of competing for non AQ talent are over. This is the big leagues or as l like to say the "Conference of Champions".

It's great to be a UTE!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds like a great facility. Exciting for the players no doubt.

Salt Lake City, UT

So exciting...except for the fact that the Utes will continue to be an afterthought in the PAC-12 and continue to play second fiddle to BYU on ESPN.

Murray, UT

Amazing how a really 'vanilla' article about a building at the U, could turn into a bunch of garbage from BYU 'fans'.

I guess we don't have to worry about the importance of a now, early, non conference, game between Utah and BYU do we?

The hatred, the stupidity (from both sides), will continue to be there in all its "glory"

I'm so relieved

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Wonderful. First a track so the Utes could actually have a track and field program. Now a desperately needed football facility to enhance recruiting. What's next? Perhaps a Division I basketball program that is semi-competitive? Come on boosters, get out your checkbooks and put your money where your hope is.

Highland, UT

I've seen the plans and this will be a great facility, one utah badly needs. I will definately give them credit for the commitment they have shown to upgrade their facilities. As I've mentioned before I've done some work there and all the stuff they have done has been 1st class stuff. This is definately something that needed to be done and they are now doing just that.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"This is an outrage! Just think of how the money they are wasting on sports could be used to improve the Womens Studies program, not to mention the GLBT scholarship fund!"

Imagine how fast "donor" money would dry up if the dollars they are giving are allocated to be used for something other than what they were donating for.

If you want an improved Womens Studies program you need look no further than you and your constituents own wallets.

Murray, UT

Nice try all you posters who want to bring smack to something positive happening at the U. Everyone should be happy for the kids in Utah who will now have great facilities in which to practice and also do their school work. In the past kids who wanted these kinds of facilities had to leave the State. Now they can stay home with great facilities and a chance to compete on the big PAC 12 stage. I also give thanks to the many donors who have stepped up big time to make this happen. Those who find negativity in this announcment please go back to reading your campus news paper in Provo.

Highland, UT

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let you know (as if you didn't already) that I suffer from schizophrenia. Sometimes, I come on here and I make positive comments about the Utes. In fact, its funny. Just yesterday, I made a comment to pocyUte and thanked him for having a civil dialogue with me.

But there are times when I like to make fun of the University of Utah and their "fans". I like to predict doom and gloom for them. I like to use vitriol to mock them.

I still wish I was a Ute, and someday maybe i will be. But in the meantime, please don't be upset at me. Sometimes, I forget to take my medicine.


DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

No one will argue that this is not a great enhancement to the University of Utah's athletic programs.

However, I will argue that at a time when tuition costs have increased at double or triple the inflation rate for decades, when taxpayer funding is becoming more difficult to justify or sustain, we must question if the University of Utah exists to educate Utah residents for meaningful careers, or to support an elite athletic program?

Sure, some will argue that this athletic fluff stuff is funded by donations instead of tax dollars. What if donors were instead being urged to support faculty pay raises, new dorms, library improvements or all the other stuff that the taxpayers and students have been forced to pay for?

I do not see this as evidence of sound leadership and management at the University of Utah, but rather proof of misplaced priorities by out of touch academics seeking to boost their egos and prestige at a time when they are doing poorly at their core mission of educating students.

The legislature should cut 16 million from the U's funding next year to show that they do not support these skewed priorities.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

DN Subscriber,

You are sadly misinformed about the amount of money the legislature contributes to the U. They have cut the funding to the point were tuition, fees, grants and donations already cover around 80-90% of the University's costs. Many of the U faculty salaries are funded by grants and fellowships. The new dorms were built with money from the Olympics. The library was upgraded with donations from the last big fundraising drive which raised over $100 million. So don't whine about your tax dollars being misused at the U.

Naked Truth
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dutchman said, "Everyone should be happy for the kids in Utah who will now have great facilities in which to practice and also do their school work. In the past kids who wanted these kinds of facilities had to leave the State."

Not leave the "State", just Salt Lake County. Your brothers to the south have had such facilities for years.

It looks like this will be a fine facility. Congratulations!

Salt Lake city, UT

this is great news. i wonder what we'll call it. hey mr. huntsman, would you like another building named after you?

Mount Olympus
Holladay, UT

Great news!! Next, let's expand that stadium!!

Murray, UT

DN Subscriber,

I agree with Mormon Ute on this one. The Utah Legislature funds about 8% of the U's total budget. The U could probably survive as a private university if it had to. As to your complaint that the U should be providing an education and degrees that bring graduates into meaninful careers, apparently you are unaware that the U works very closely with private industry to create and fashion degrees that private companies want and need to fill their work force. From medicine to engineering to computer science the U is educating students of this State and preparing them for the work force. They are doing this in coordination with private industry and even the government. You claim the U is doing poorly at their core mission of educating students. I suggest you do some research and go read the 2012 Edition of the Best Graduate Schools as prepared by U.S. News and World Report and see for yourself how many graduate programs the U has in the top 65. Very Impressive.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Ibleedcrimson | 8:56 a.m. March 29, 2011
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Regarding the comment from TwinsGuy, it's called sardonicism.

Fresno, CA

Congratulations Utes. It sounds like it is going to be a great facility and I'm glad that it is already paying off for you in terms of recruiting.

The article talked about it being built from donor funds, so I'm not sure why DN Subscriber is upset unless he/she did not read the article.

Good luck in the Pac!

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