Just to clarify...the new turf being installed at Univ. Utah is not "FieldTurf"-
it's "AstroTurf"...a huge difference in quality
Can't wait until BSU returns to the "Red Zone" and turns it into the "Killing
If Kyle was following Bronco's every move then he would have lost games last
year and become a preacher instead of a coach. Maybe Bronco should try to copy
Kyle and then he would win bowl games and not lose to middle of the pac teams
and make it to the BCS and then go against the rules and vote for his team to be
number 1 in the nation instead of the team that won the BCS and cause for a
debate around the country and an investigation into the BCS to have it changed.
If I was a BYU fan I would hope and pray that Bronco started copying Kyle....and
I am a Florida State fan and don't care too much who is better out of BYU or
Utah but I hope they both do well and hope for a great game when they play
This is what they get for busting the BCS....AGAIN!!!!! I think it looks really
nice and the team has earned it with 2 undefeated seasons in the last 5 years. I
love the field. I like going games there over ones at BYU and I live by BYU and
grew up next to it. I just don't like LES. Never Have. Maybe If BYU could win a
decent bowl game then they could upgrade their stadium too but that will never
happen with Bronco running the team. He is a great guy but him and his coaches
need a lot of help to become better coaches. Just because you are a good guy
doesn't mean you are a good coach. Everyone I talked to in Provo was so happy
when Whit was not hired and Bronco was but it seems that the U got the better
coach in that deal and they get a brand new field that is now one of the best in
the nation(the field not the stadium) and they deserve it for what they have
Come on they really have to be stretching it big time to write a story about a
playing field. I hate this time of year, we always get silly articles that talk
about nothing of interest. Seriously, who really cares about this? its not going
to make the yewts a better team or help them win games.
Why are the blue bloods complaining about Utah's field ? The Utes played in and
won two BCS games and handed YBU 1.5 million dollars as their share. The Utes
bought LES field the new grass , so the TDS should at least say thank you for
financing the new turf. Man up and say thanks for a YBU fan ? Naw I didn't think
so .. they'd rather just print some cat scat and belittle the other teams and
coaches.. or replay that some re runs of that 80's show.
Every time I see Kyle Whittingham on TV I cringe because he is such a likable
guy. I hate that he is the coach of Utah because I can't hate him! Although it
is tough to admit for both sides BYU and Utah's success benefits the other. I
say go utes and GO COUGS!
It's easy being a Ute. What's difficult is reading boorish byu rhetoric.
Between Utah and byu, who has more BCS victories? Whos won more total bowl
games? (Utah is the correct answer to both questions).
your right you can have them but be carefull because what will you have against
us once we win a national championship? uh oh
Nice Hall of Fame display, I like it. But something's missing and I can't quite
put my finger on it. Gee, what could it be, I just don't...wait a minute:
where's the National Championship trophy and the Heisman and all the other big
time awards? Oh that's right u guys don't have any of those.
ya its easy to sell out a stadium that large when you give away tickets to all
the youth in the church, i know you do because i was always offered tickets and
threw them away because i only go for the utes. and we have been selling out our
stadium, they are planning on expanding next year after we sell out every game
this year, get over yourselves, go back to 84, you can have it
honestly is this what the Utah and Byu rivalry has come to? Talking smack about
the playing surface. As a Ute fan I am stoked about getting a new surface, it
sounds like it will look pretty cool. For all BYU fans posting on this story,
are you seriously going to talk trash about a new turf and attendance? Even you
have to admit this type of trash talk is pretty pathetic.
Wow that field looks great in the stadium that the Olympics built.
We paid for BYU's grass with our BCS money. Just like we will be paying for
everything else that they want to improve on because they can't win their own
bowls games and get the big payoffs.
Lot of litte minded comments from little minded people. This starts my day with
a chuckle, but also some sadness for the mean spirited people who make such
Kyle can't be original, has to copy Bronco's every move.
WOW!!! Awesome!!! That's what winning two BCS bowls will do for ya!Go UTES!!!
To all ignorant coug fans. The Utes averaged more than a sell out last year.
Translation....the stadium is sold out. I know they only teach religion courses
at YBU but come on guys!!! Even if our stadium only seats 45000, at least we
have 45000 wild and roudy fans jumping up and down and making noise. Every other
year when I make the trip down south to LES I am amazed at how QUIET your
stadium is, full of 70 somethings and little kids. I will give the fact that
your stadium is bigger however ours is much louder with a better football
atmospher. Rice Eccles is about 250 tickets from being SOLD OUT for 2010. I
believe the expansion talks will start as sson as the season starts. One of
prominant alumni will step up and donate a HUGE lump some of money to get the
project going. Can't wait till football season. GO UTES
SOOOOO um which were you a neverwere, a wannabe or just someone with too much
time on their hands and an inability to contribute pertinent information to a
blog.I am glad the Utes and cougs got new turfs...I wish I could
play around on it. I am thinking the artificial style will not freeze as
readily as the natural turf. I remember palying on the old UTE astro turf
(During High School playoffs) in the eighties in the cold and when you went down
it felt like hitting carpet laid over concrete and the "rug" burns were
delightful. I also remember the summers at Ute football camp on the Ute astro
turf with Jim Fassel and it was like playing on hot asphalt in tin foil bowl.
When he said "take a knee" it burned baby. BYU football camp never
let us in the stadium but the practice fields were a nice natural turf, Helaman
halls cafeteria fed us well, the indoor facility was fun with a nice big track
and we always tried to sneak into the EFY dances. BUt no pads like the Ute
camps.There's your other category..."has beens"...but I loved it.
We put the same turf in at Lakeshore High School last year through some generous
contributions and massive fund raising. The kids love it, the field can be used
in any weather, and will always be a consistent surface. Living in Big-10
country, it was great to see the UTES kick U of M. Go Utes!!!!
Any shade of RED is better than blue!!!Go UTES!!!!
Of course the zoobs like the real grass down south, what would they have to
water in late November, the night before the Utah game, if they didn't. How soon they forget, I remember quit well when the zoobs didn't fill
their stadium until they started winning, say all you want about the Utes but
every year they get better until they reach the peak and then start over again.
TDS only beats average teams (sometimes they have to live right on
and off to do it too) and only beats a conference when they are down, what has
TDS really accomplished in the last 20 plus years? Ya know, us Utes
and you zoobs might just get along if you would just invite us to the same
parties that cost you your 5-star athletes, sounds like a great place to hang,
get something to drink and do who knows what else that is against the honor
"It's part of a big picture, he added, that puts the student-athlete first."So, where is the "hall-of-fame" study hall for the "student" athlete?
Notice players and coaches don't comment and talk trash on these threads, only
neverwere's and wannabees.Get some class. Stop talkin' trash.
What a freakin' joke. Play someone decent and you will get a bowl bid. I guess
we will have to wait for BYU to make that mark this year. You play 3 difficult
teams and thats it. it will also take some time to get back your defense and
offense. I am rooting for the Utes but Bleed Blue but at the same time the MWC
needs to be playing bigger teams and show we can compete. Lets go both team and
kick some trash
The Utes perfect season and BCS win gave them a lot of money so they can afford
a new state-of-the art playing field etc.The Utes perfect season and
BCS bowl win also gave other MWC schools money so in reality the cougars could
afford some grass for their field too.The cougars dismal bowl
appearance did absolutely nothing for the MWC or for the others schools in the
conference...again.So if I am looking for a program with value and
not just propoganda on BYU-TV...I like the Utes.If I want a team
with a vapid coach (Bronco will NEVER be LaVell Edwards status), self-important
players and lame t-shirt mottos...I like the Cougars.Some teams
(Utes) are productive and some are just excuse makers.
Expansion? Absolutely! But, I would rather see a deck and more suites on the
east side than close the bowl. A deck is a lot more impressive than more cheap
seats in the end zone. I went to the Sugar Bowl in January. Great Ute crowd
who paid a minimum of $130 per ticket. Other tickets cost a lot more. BYU was
"giving away" tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl for $15 just to get their fans to
Easy there. It takes money to build new facilities. And since the Utes have to
continually send handouts down to the lowly members of the MWC who can't get
into the BCS, it took a little longer than it would have were they able to keep
the winnings they generated.The "team up north" is funding the
current renovation at LES. That is embarrassing.
Having been to many games at LES and the Marriot Center, here are some common
mistakes when factoring BYU attendance:Grandma and Grandpa knitting
and reading should not be counted in attendance.Dad, Mom, and all 10
kids out for family-home-evening should not be counted in attendance.BYU coeds looking for a husband instead of watching the game should not be
counted in attendance.Face it, LES fills up quicker for a Miley
Cyrus concert than for a BYU football game. Lets not overstate that fact BYU
Sorry Cougar fans, but the Utes averaged OVER a sellout last season. You know
the year when the Utes went 13-0, killed BYU by 3+ touchdowns, and beat Alabama
in the Sugar Bowl. You know the year when Kyle finished Donko's goal of
"Perfection."Pretty good that the Utes can afford to redo their own
field, while also paying for the LES renovation with our BCS winnings.Take your handout and keep quiet in the bubble Cougs.
being a cougar fan, i must say that is a good looking field and a nice hall of
fame!!! congrats on that!!! The COUGS have had those facilities for about six
years now!! so its about time that the team up north gets them.
Some of us like the South End Zone just the way it is.
THAT FIELD OFF THE HOOK!!!! GOOOOOOO UTES!!!!
To all the cougs who think we can't fill our stadium we averaged 101.2% capacity
for our home games last year. p.s. 48-24
Why, oh why, can't the Utes get the color red to match? The helmets don't match
the uniforms, now the stands in the stadium don't match the end zones. Is it
that hard to find a shade of red and make it universal?
Nice field ! now cant we get rid of the little league uniforms , arena league as
well ,traditional would be nice !!!!!!
rsl got out of there before they put in this turf!
I was hoping for Smurf Turf.
Sorry for the misspell,... "requited" was ment to be "recruited" as I'm sure you
guessed. I'm using my phone to type my comments.And didn't proof before sending.
The Utes surpassed capacity on every game last year.The attendance has been
strong the past couple of seasons. And the program is attracting elite athletes,
combined the coaching staffs ability to coach up all of the players they've
requited. The team can't go undefeated every year but the team will continue to
be the top tier of the conference and seats are going to be hard to find. I
think they will monitor attendance this year and decide its time to expand. GO
People get all worked up over a short 3 1/2 hour game that does not really mean
much. Cool both schools got new grass/turf...Great we know there is a game
between the two schools in Nov. Love both schools. They produce
wonderful smart people who will help the world in many areas. Great accounting
school, great law school, great medical school, ect...
"Copy catting the cougars"? The Utes would have to cut their fast, quick
athletes and replace them with slow, unathletic grazers to copy cat the kewgs.
The kewgs install slow natural grass in their stadium as an attempt to equalize
the playing field with quicker, athletic teams!Welcome to the 21st
century where the Utes are the dominant program in Utah and the only Utah team
recognized on a national level. As far as attendance, Utah averaged
more fans than seating capacity last year, did the kewgs (no). Your kewgs
coming to town was overshadowed by visits from Oregon State and TCU. BYU is no
bigger than Wyoming or New Mexico in this football era. The 1980s are a very
Coogie fans running attendance smack, nice. That's so 1990's. 93% renewal rate
for season tickets and 2000 seat requests. Get a clue coogies, your time is
over. Get used to it.
i doubt we are going 13-0 again..it would be nice.. but the artificial turf that
utah has is 10 times nicer in appearance.. plus i believe that running on the
field turf is easier than running on grass. its good that the MWC is getting
some recognition for top 25 teams... and as far as the stadium being empty if we
expanded? i havent missed a home game for over 7 years since 2002 and its only
gotten better because more people are showing up.. and yes i would still show up
to support my utes if i was the only one in the stands. regardless of
that..both fields look good but the utes did need a new turf afer RSL came in
and messed it up with the soccer lines. November 28th cant come soon enough. GO
copy catting the cougars...outstanding...fake turf to boot...wow. can't even
fill the stadium unless the cougs come to town. sorry and pitiful ute fans....
Brocno is so neat!
It is even funnier to me that you believed Mr. Wow was a Utah fan...Maybe its just ignorance from you, but for the rest of us that have a brain,
that was clearly a BYU fan's pathetic attempt at being funny...And
real grass just makes the players slower...and we all know BYU needs this real
grass to hopefully even out the speed a little bit, because we see what happens
when they play fast teams...congrats on having a bigger stadium
though...I would brag about that too if I had nothing else
Congrats on the new field Ute's, I noticed some of you commenting on "Completing
the South End Zone and Completing The Bowl" I have a comment on that. You have
to first fill your stadium to generate the necessity to need more seats put in
your stadium. It's called "Supply & Demand". If you are selling out all your
home games, then you need more seats, the problem is YOU DON'T DO THAT!!! On the
other hand the Cougars have a 61,0000 seat stadium and it's sold out over and
over and over again, they should possibly consider adding seats! Sell your games
out first, then you will see your school close the bowl with more seats in the
South End Zone! That's my take on it. Congrats Utah Ute's on the new Fake Turf,
it's great!!! Honestly 15 years is a long life for artificial turf! Good deal. I
am from Buffalo, and they used to replace their's like every 6-8 years at a cost
of about $1,000,000 so you are getting a good price too!
The new field looks sharp. I can't wait for the season to get here!
I'm pretty sure that, donation or not, I would NOT make Alex Smith the poster
boy for MY strength and conditioning room. That skinny dude looks like he
wandered in from the before side of a Jack Lalane ad.
Why is somebody from New York posting on this article? Go watch a Yankees game
and leave college football to us out in the west.
It is funny to me to read the comments about BYU's new grass, and then to come
over here and read the comments about Utah's fake grass. Ute fans are giving
BYU fans crap for being excited about their new grass and saying that the new
grass wont help win games for BYU. In the mean time, Mr. Wow is saying you will
be unstoppable on your new grass? Your new fake grass looks great, but I would
take real grass any day. Also, it is in your best interest to not expand your
stadium, that would just create more empty seats and look worse for the program.
Congrats on last year, but don't be disappointed when you only win 8 or 9 games
Almost fill the stadium?? I guess you weren't around last year when the stadium
was OVER capacity for most games. This year once again season tickets will SELL
OUT before the season even starts. Get a clue!!
Unstoppable? Won't your opponents be playing on your new turf too? Oh yeah,
that's what I thought. The Utes are gonna blow this year. You'd be wise to drop
any expectations this year.
Didn't Utah average more than stadium capacity in attendance last year?
What we really need is a seating expansion. With the past, present, and future
successes of the football program, seating capacity at Rice-Eccles is
ridiculously small!!!PLEASE EXPAND RICE-ECCLES STADIUM!
You're a jealous little cougar fan and it shows through.Utah has had
FAR more success in the past decade. BYU still has more fans in Utah because of
their affiliation to the LDS church, but Utah is the program that college
football fans think about as THE BCS Buster and the top non-BCS program out
there.This field improvement and state-of-the-art weight room will
make it even easier for recruiting and I anticipate that Utah will widen the gap
in talent between itself and the rest of the MWC. Since the Y focuses only on
those who want to live the honor-code, their pool of candidates is much smaller.
Utah will continue to attract the top talent and play in top bowl games.
Complete the bowl. More seats = more ticket sales = more money.
...will the south end zone expansion begin? Complete the bowl!
"we could almost fill up our statium with eagier fans!"ALMOST?You need padded cushions and new turf to "almost" fill a stadium that
holds around 45,000 people...? I would have thought going 13-0 would do that.
Guess it really isn't easy bein a Ute
With a new turf, we will be unstoppable! Now if we could only get some PADDED
CUSHIONS on our statium seats, we could almost fill up our statium with eagier
fans! GREAT IDEA HUN?????GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!