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Published: Friday, July 5 2013 12:37 a.m. MDT

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tdlawton
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Lifelong Republican:

Good news there is "almost" none of your tax dollars that go to UofU Athletics. I only say "almost" because as a public University that is partially funded by tax dollars there are some way tax dollars leak into Athletics. For instace the Athletic Department pays for the tuition of an athlete, but the tuition a student pays doesn't cover the full cost of educating a student. That tuition is subsidized by tax dollars.

Of course that means that Pac-12 money going to UofU athletics is not going to reduce your tax bill because your taxes are not going there to begin with.

It may be worth mentioning that the neighboring states of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, have all pumped significant tax dollars into the Athletic programs of Wyo, CSU, CU, UNM, and UNLV so the State of Utah is actually pretty responsible about making Utah Athletics pay their own way.

Wally West
SLC, UT

If it can't be seen in HD then what good is it?

CodyCougar
Madison, SD

Congrats Utes. Best wishes in the season to come.

ExecutorIoh
West Jordan, UT

Just for clarity, the USTAR project ($6M), other new U of U infrastructure projects ($22M), the new law building ($60.5M), parking structures ($41.7M), the dental school ($37.4M), the Orthopedic Center ($9.6M) are all state, tax payer funded projects. The highest paid public employee in Utah is Kyle Whitingham.

I appreciate that the new football facility is mostly funded through the increase in revenue to the athletics programs (which were $3M in the red last year) and is a bonded improvement. I just want to make the point that higher education in Utah isn't self-funded. The state spent over $500M on higher education throughout the state last year, and the U of U gets the lion's portion of the funding.

There is a lot of benefit to the U's athletic programs directly or indirectly from the taxpayers. Let's hope it is for good use.

Go Utes, Cougars, and Aggies!
National attention to ALL three programs from the state!

The Warrior Ute
SANDY, UT

Exciting things happening up on the Hill. The entire athlectic department has upped its game and had to be done in order to compete in the PAC-12. Good luck this season, Utah. Go Utes!

ZelphExists
Salt Lake City, UT

Earnest T. Bass! Thank you sir.

BlameItOnTheOfficials
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This just ensures our future as a top tier team in the PAC 12. No local teams will have a chance of competing with us now!

Within 2 years we will control the PAC 12 and be in the top 5 every year. There will be no stopping us with this facility.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Those are some great pictures of Coach Whittingham, but seeing as how this article is about our new state-of-the-art facility, how about some pictures of, say, our new state-of-the-art facility?

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Understanding that most of this does NOT involve tax dollars, one still has to wonder if the people of Utah would not have been better off if another $32 million had been spent enhancing and expanding the medical school or school of nursing to actually educate people in desperately needed career fields instead of being wasted glorifying pampered athletes who engage in entertaining spectacles of strength and coordination.

And, while Mr. Whittingham may be really good at coaching football teams, it is a sad commentary on this state and country that he is the highest paid public employee in the state.

So, next time you get sick, turn on a football game, since that reflects the U of U's priorities.

BYUSU
Wellsville, UT

I can't believe it 29 posts and no my team is better than your team. Great to see. Hope all the teams in Utah can improve to make Utah one of the best football states in the nation. Good Luck to all.

clehman
Sandy, UT

Coach is looking slimmer.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

DN Subscriber 2

Actually, the next time you get sick you can thank the University of Utah for pioneering the medicines, and medical techniques and procedures that will be used to save your life.

You're welcome!

Beck to Harline
Provo, UT

State-of-the-art facilities are not only a huge benefit to the current players, but also are a great recruiting draw. Congrats Utes!

Go Cougs!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

This is the classiest thread I have seen on a DNews story in a LONG time. Let's hope all three teams tear it up this year.

JayDee
West Jordan, UT

Congratulations to the Utes on their new facilities.

Also, congratulations on that top 25 ranking! * source: Chris B.

Therefore, congratulations to the Cougars who have finished the past two years ranked higher than U.

Best wishes in your new digs!

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Whittlingham is just about out of excuses for a losing record and no bowl games.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Nice

Hatch
Sandy, UT

USC football new operations center cost 70 million.Stanford football new operations center 200 million. Oregon's new football operations center 68 million. All these completely funded by alumni.

Come on UTES to compete in the PAC 12 you need to dig deep. 32 million is not going to cut it. Its time to forget about the school down south and focus on your new conference and rival. Dig deep UTES. Dig deep.

wwookie
Payson, UT

Great news and hope to see the benefits really start flowing from this to the field in the next few seasons.
Excited about the facility, the upcoming season and the future of the Utes!

Go Utes!

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Hatch--

"USC football new operations center cost 70 million.Stanford football new operations center 200 million. Oregon's new football operations center 68 million. All these completely funded by alumni."

You're joking, correct? If not, I'm curious to know what the Why/When/How/What, etc., would be, from your viewpoint, relative to us "Keeping Pace" with these 3 schools? If you would, please break it all down for us in detail, seriously! Thanks in advance!

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