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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2013 2:35 a.m.

    2000-2010 I meant to write (before PAC membership).

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    July 31, 2013 1:24 a.m.

    The comparisons of the red and blue facilities are to be expected. Oh well. BYU has its' funds and has great facilities. It's no mystery there. I would be proud of then if a Cougar fan. Utah's program is boosting their facilities and the wins will come. It takes time and greater depth in the PAC 12.

    I have not been all that surprised by the first two years in the PAC 12. But before BYU fans rip the Utes, know that winning percentages drop when you are building depth inside the PAC 12 compared to when Utah was in the MWC and had the best record against BCS teams relative to comparison of all other non BCS team in the country from 2000-2012. That includes BYU, TCU and Boise State. However, playing in the PAC week in and week out makes a HUGE difference. TCU has found it tough sledding with their transition to the BIG 12. BYU would struggle as well. Be objective ya'll.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Duckhunter, the U has also had facilities for students. The Nielsen Fieldhouse and HPER have been used by students for exercise and recreation for decades. The new facility will simply provide more updated facilities and equipment. As a U student and alumnus I have used these facilities.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 10, 2013 11:12 p.m.

    @Dutchman

    BYU already has other facilities, such as the Richards Building and the Smith Fieldhouse, for the other students. They also have intramural fields for the regular student body. They don't need to build anything more at this point. utah has a need for such a facility so it is a good thing they are going to do it. BYUU already has had those facilities in place for many, many years.

    utah has been far behind BYU in those things for a very long time and it is about time they built them.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 10, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    @Duckhunter,

    Thanks for the clarification. It sounds like BYU built a top notch facility. Are BYU students allowed to use all or parts of it as a student recreation center? Just wondering because the U is constructing a $55 million student rec center on campus that will be their own facility. So the size difference between the two football facilites may be related to that.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 10, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    @dutchman

    BYU built it's football facility and its indoor practice facility at the same time at a cost of just about 100 million for the 2. Yes BYU's facility includes weight room, as well as athletic training and all of the other stuff a major college needs.

    But as I said the new facility at utah is extremely nice and utah has every reason to be proud of it, but the chest beating by utah "fans" about it being "superior" to BYU's and so forth just isn't true. If you get a chance to tour BOTH of them you will see that neither lacks in anything needed and both are top of the line. But BYU's is bigger, cost more to build, includes more in it, and is widely considered to be about as good as it gets outside of oregons. That may change though with some of the facilities some of the other pac12 schools are either currently building or are planning to build. But you can always count on BYU keeping their facilities top of the line, they don't cut corners and they do not let things get dated or behind.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 10, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    We may be comparing apples to organges here. Yes, BYU, Oregon and USC all spent more on football facilities than Utah's current $32 million addition. I call the U's an addition because the U already had a state of the art indoor practice facility and the Alex Smith weight and conditioning center. Did BYU, Oregon and USC's more expensive facility also include indoor and weight training facilities? I don't know. But the value of the U's entire football complex with this new $32 million addition just may equal the value of the BYU, Oregon and USC complexes. And as Mormon Ute pointed out it certainly appears that the U has been getting more out of its facilities over the past 10 years than BYU has. That being the case I look for Utah's recruiting gap over BYU to get even larger over the next few years with this new addition.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    @ DH

    The Student Athlete Building? I didn't know there were Athletic Training and rehab facilities in there. All I have seen is Legends Grille and the hall of fame area. I won't say which facility is better until I have seen them both. I will say that it seems like BYU uses its facility for more things, like student academic advising and athletic offices. Utah's student-athlete academic advising takes place in the Burbidge Center, which is up by the Huntsman Center (where most of the athletic offices are). Meanwhile Utah football is the primary tenant of its new facility with Tennis and Skiing, and baseball during the winter using the AT room when needed

    As far as logo imprinting, I was just trying to demonstrate that everything bought for Utah's facility is top of the line. The tape and treatment tables are all extremely nice

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    July 10, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    So Duckhunter, if what you say is true about BYU's 10 year old facility still being better than Utah's brand new facility that means Utah has been outperforming BYU for 10 years with lower grade facilities. Utah has outrecruited BYU, put more players in the NFL than BYU, and most importantly outplayed BYU on the field for the past 10 years. With our newly upgraded facilities we should be poised to really shine. Thanks for the boost of confidence. I'm really excited for the future of Utah football!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 10, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    @2fer

    No BYU's facility IS NOT located inside of the Smith Field house. BYU built a football facility about 10 years ago across the street from the Smith Field House that is quite possibly the nicest overall facility in the west with the exception of oregon's. And as I said I am not selling utah's short, it is an excellent facility. There may be some aspects of utah's facility that are better purely based on them being a little bit newer, but overall BYU's facility is a gold standard facility.

    BYU constantly upgrades its facilities, they do not allow things to become dated or worn and despite the fact BYU's facility was built about 10 years ago, and it cost twice as much to build then as utah's did now which should tell you something about what went into it, it lacks nothing as far as amenities are concerned.

    Also I'm not sure how having the utah logo printed on things makes for a better facility or a better peice of equipment, you'll have to enlighten me on that.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2013 1:33 a.m.

    @ duckhunter

    I disagree. I assume you're talking about BYU's facility that is housed inside of the Smith Fieldhouse? I've seen it, and I have been in Utah's facility several times already since it has been open and Utah wins hands down. Especially when it comes to the wet rooms and hydrotherapy pools. Also, Utah's tape tables are absolutely beautiful. They have the block U imprinted into the fabric and each station has individual drawers, shelves, and cupboards for supplies. You don't work in the sports med field so I don't expect you to appreciate those facts, but trust me when I say they are absolutely top of the line.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 9, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    @2fer

    In fact you don't have a clue. BYU's 10 year old facility is still superior to utah's brand new facility. BYU constantly upgrades all of its facilities and seeing as how I have performed contracted work at both facilities and am pretty well versed in the amenities both offer I can tell you that BYU's is superior. And that is not selling utah's short in any way, it is a great new facility, but BYU's is definitely the nicer of the two. Maybe you should go check both of them out and see for yourself, like I have. Oh wait, utah won't let you into theirs for some reason, well you can still go and see BYU's, they'll let you in.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 9, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    There are a few comments on here regarding taxes that need correcting. I know I sound like a broken record but I will keep doing this to dispel misinformation. The State of Utah's total appropriation (taxes) to the U of U is $253 million all of which goes to fund a portion of the cost (40%) of graduate and undergraduate education programs. None, repeat none, of that appropriation goes to athletics. Your individual tax bill is not affected what so ever by what happens in the U athletic department. Sure, the U has a total operating budget of $3.2 billion but just because the U gets $253 million from the State and the State owns the university does not mean that the entire operating budget belongs to the people of Utah. It does not. Don't believe me? Try suing the U in court over who has ownership of the budget outside the $253 million and argue that it is the people of Utah and you will lose.

  • Chris A Salt Lake , UT
    July 9, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    AZUTE!

    If it is so funny that Utah can't "keep pace" with those 3 schools, are you saying you are happy with mediocrity/maximum 4th place finishes?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    @ TheSportsAuthority

    In fact I do have a clue. Last year Alabama bought a $10,000 treadmill just because they could. They essentially have no cap on the sports med budget and get what they want whenever they want it. This is true with most of the top teams in the country. BYU doesn't hold a candle to teams like Texas, tOSU, Oregon, etc.

    Also, there are modalities that exist now that didn't exist or were not common ten years ago when BYU built its facility. For example Utah has aquatic therapy pools in the new facility with treadmills in the bottom that can be raised an lowered depending on far along rehab has progressed/severity of injury. These pools also have several cameras that allow the AT to observed the gait pattern and make sure the athlete is using proper form during whatever sort of rehab is taking place.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    July 8, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    2fer

    "I doubt BYU's facility would rank in the top half of any BCS conference, especially the SEC."

    Which of course explains why numerous schools, including Arizona State, visited BYU's new facilities soon after they opened in 2004.

    What's really doubtful is whether you have even the slightest clue how BYU's facilities compare to the facilities at most BCS schools.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    "You can't let a facility like this go to waste. Same for BYU. Their facility is second to none (well maybe Oregon). Both teams need to get it together."

    I doubt BYU's facility would rank in the top half of any BCS conference, especially the SEC.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    July 6, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    No open house? Really? That is absolutely pathetic. As a fan, alumni and tax payer I (all Ute fans) should be able to tour in person this facility.

    Go UTES!!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    July 6, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    great facility. The Utes need to win now. If they don't, expect a coaching change, an athletic director change. You can't let a facility like this go to waste. Same for BYU. Their facility is second to none (well maybe Oregon). Both teams need to get it together.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    ekute

    "Since they're in and we're not...And since we can't beat them on the field...Let's pretend that they have revenue issues and bag on that. lol."

    The all-time Classic has unequivocally become, in terms of a diversionary-tactic employed with undying focus, referencing 2011 CU or, even further distant, 2007 UNLV, as if what occurred within these 2 wholly unrelated games in some way magically erases 2-Star bywho's utter futility against us, head-to-head! LOL

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 6, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    At backpacking

    It's been two years, what a silly comment

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    TroyTown

    "AZUTE1

    Start with trying understand the term 'incremental advantage'.

    Good luck."

    You didn't catch what I actually conveyed to you. Please reread what I posted. Thanks!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 6, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    backpacn,

    In a major conference (and you're not).

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 6, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    @Lifelong Republican

    Does all of this money coming in mean my taxes can go down?

    ----------

    Yes, by about 2 cents. Don't spend it all one thing.

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    July 6, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    ekute

    In what? Over you head?

    Being a perennial conference bottom dweller in every sport is nothing to brag about.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 6, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    Since they're in and we're not...And since we can't beat them on the field...Let's pretend that they have revenue issues and bag on that. lol.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    July 6, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    AZUTE1

    "It's honestly not clear to me what you stated within your comment which was intended to add value to what Hatch originally stated? Perhaps, you could clarify this point for me?"

    Start with trying understand the term "incremental advantage".

    Good luck.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    @Hatch

    [Cont'd]

    UTAH receives full-share of conf rev beginning the year after next. They have received nice donations from those such as Alex Smith, but even if Alumni with deepest pockets got involved, still would pale by comparison to these 3. USC's facilities were so poor for so long, all they did was win NCs and maintain their annual-haul of 4-/5-Star recruits. USC's name, alone, does their selling for them, with ancient or w/brand spanking new facilities. UO began upward-surge at turn of century when Phil Knight opened his wallet to the extent it's currently open to today. Tough competing with Uncle Phil/Nike!

    In summary, these 3 schools constitute an Apples-to-Oranges comparison and, realistically, mentioning them amounts to nothing more than merely stating the obvious, nothing more, IMO.

    Your proposed solution to what you perceive to be a correctable problem, is to try harder to solicit Alumni. Personally, I don't know much regarding what they are/aren't already doing. Do you know much, yourself?

    How about what your plan of action would look like in solving this perceived problem of yours for The UTAH Football Program? Thanks!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    @troytown

    It's honestly not clear to me what you stated within your comment which was intended to add value to what Hatch originally stated? Perhaps, you could clarify this point for me? Thanks!

    @Hatch

    You've listed essentially what's currently the top 3 football schools in our conference. Cool. mI'm equally uncertain what you expected UTAH to do in the interim? Not build it and hope that one day U Alumni maybe kicks in enough to match these 3, the 3 schools anybody would select as having the deepest pockets/greatest resources, in the first place. CAL/UW also just renovated their respective stadiums. With the responsibility to upgrade facilities in many other sports, as well as just barely entering into merely their 3rd year of conference membership, they're doing all that which is currently achievable!

    Stanford recently rebuilt their archaic, outdated football stadium. Stanford's significant advantage over UTAH isn't primarily due to facilities. 1st, once in a lifetime Harbaugh passed through, which got the ball rolling. Right or wrong, it's tough for those qualified and granted entry to pass-up on having their future diploma w/"Stanford" plastered all over it!

    [To Be Cont'd]

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    July 6, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    A nice little facility for a lower tier Pac school.

    However, Utah's facilities still lag far behind USC, Washington, ASU, Stanford, Oregon, Cal, Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and even BYU.

    Unfortuantely, Utah is on a fools errand by not operating at a profit and they are now going into further debt, by bonding for facilities.

    Trying to keep up with the "Real" football programs is a vicious circle.

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    AZUTE....its sad but true. For details you can google the stuff. Search for a Doug Samuel's article on USC's new John Nckay Center which opened last year with the 70 million price tag. The Stanford number of 200 million may have included some stadium cost (so granted that may be an over reach) Oregon's 68 million is not an over reach at all.

    I think Utah is taking a step in the right direction here but UTAH needs more help from their alumni to compete. ESPN ranks facilities annually. Before these new facilities, Utah ranked above Arizona, Oregon State, and Washington State. But Utah is still a long ways away from the likes of USC, Stanford and Oregon and alumni dollars is the key to catching up.

    I wish Utah the best. Its good for BYU and the state when Utah does well and it's good for the UTEs and the state when BYU does well.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 6, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber 2

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

    -------------

    From what I could find $1.799 billion was U's estimated operating costs in 2012-2013 fiscal year (Source: Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education).

    According to USA Today, the U's Athletic Program total expenses were $43.7 million, of which $10 million were from subsidies (including taxes, student fees, donations).

    At this point even you can figure out what the U of U's priorities are.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    July 6, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    AZUTE1

    It's pretty simple. It's nice for the Utes to have new training facilities, but USC, Stanford, Oregon, and other PAC schools are spending even more on their new and upgraded facilities, so what/when/why/how/where is Utah's incremental advantage?

    BYU has had similar facilities for almost a decade, so there's not even an advantage there.

    So unless you think your main competition is Colorado or WSU or Utah State, the Utes are at best, a step or two behind and destined to stay there.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    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!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    July 6, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    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!

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    July 6, 2013 1:07 a.m.

    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.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 6, 2013 12:59 a.m.

    Nice

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 5, 2013 11:45 p.m.

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

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    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!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Beck to Harline Provo, UT
    July 5, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    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!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    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!

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    July 5, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Coach is looking slimmer.

  • BYUSU Wellsville, UT
    July 5, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    July 5, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 5, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    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?

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 5, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    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.

  • ZelphExists Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    Earnest T. Bass! Thank you sir.

  • The Warrior Ute SANDY, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    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!

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    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!

  • CodyCougar Madison, SD
    July 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Congrats Utes. Best wishes in the season to come.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

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

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    @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.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    July 5, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Love to see some pictures.

    Guardsman Way has changed since I use to go down there in High School. Good for the Utes and Congrats. Now let's get some more wins and make it happen. This too coming from a Y fan who likes to see the state teams do well.

    As someone always boasts, not sure the U is thee "Premier" program but it is a great one. Others are great too. Wish someone could see more than mono-vision. Might actually learn something.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    July 5, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    The biggest positive with the invite to the PAC was the new emphasis in building up the facilities at the U. We probably aren't too far off hearing an announcement on stadium expansion. Keep up the good work making SLC a better community.

  • AirBiscuit Bountiful, UT
    July 5, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Great announcement. How about some pictures?

  • 7/24/47 Live Oak, CA
    July 5, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    All that has been said about the university, location, building program, and this complex are 100% correct. Many big name universities and colleges would give much to have a complex like this.
    Was back for the October Conference of 2013. It had been since October 1988 that I was last their. WOW! What growth has happened to the Utah Valley. Driving on the 15 south was crazy good. Be glad when all the construction is finished.
    Stayed with in-laws, who lived up on the top of Draper Mt. The view was breathtaking at night. During the day it was not. Smog was bad that weekend. Driving from Provo to SLC was like the drive in the bay area. Couldn't tell when you left one city and entered another. Utah is a great place to visit. I'll stick with Northern California, because I can grow all kinds of wonderful food to eat and few people to get in the way. Just a short drive in any direction and have the same good stuff.
    U.of U., football has stepped into the spotlight and I look forward to seeing some great games, in the upcoming season and years to come.

  • Blue AZ Cougar Chandler, AZ
    July 5, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    No pics of the new place?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 5, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    This will certainly help Utah compete more fully with the rest of the pac12. I have also seen some footage and plans of the facility from a friend that works at the U. Very impressive, beautiful facility. Utah is starting to look like a big time program now. Now it needs to translate to the field...bring some hardware home for the state, but U don't have to bring your best stuff on Sept 21st! Good luck Utes.
    GO COUGARS!!

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 5, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Finally! Now we can move forward, win the PAC12 with a flawless season and go on to win the NC. It's a great day to be a Ute!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    I have never been more proud to be a University of Utah Ute.

    The premier program in the state and a top 25 program nationally.

    The present and future of football in Utah,

    is UTAH

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    July 5, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Wonderful facility and should help with enticing recruits to attend the U. Kudos to the Y fans posting congratulations and to the U fans for not making claims of superiority. Even better, we shouldn't see the posts about an athletic 'trailer park' going forward.

    Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 5, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    It's a gradual, methodical process, but we're making progress....This is an enormous step in the right direction for us! Outstanding new facility for us! Can't wait to get up there this Fall and see it in person! Go UTES!!!!

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    I'm a die-hard BYU fan, but offer a big thumbs up to the team up north. This is a great facility. Congrats Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    MT Seats, I couldn't agree more. The view of the football stadium overlooking downtown SLC driving East on 4th South is stunning. Dr. Hill is to be commended for the growth and health of the athletics program and for ushering in the Pac-12 era.

    I was on campus recently and couldn't help note the new and expanded research buildings. Additions to the Medical School, Molecular Biotechnology, the new College of Pharmacy, Research Park, etc, etc. It's a demonstration of remarkable growth, achievement, and contribution to the world. Clearly, the academic and research aspects of the University caught the attention of the Presidents and Chancellors of the Pac-10. The strategy to create a world class research institution with a robust portfolio of recognized academics is the result of an unwavering commitment spanning decades.

    Go Utah and the Pac-12!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    I love my prestigious PAC 12 bcs membership!

    Long live the power conferences!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    July 5, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes on their new facilities! That kind of improvement is not only a huge plus for their program but also for the community as a whole. The benefits of being in the Pac 12 is obviously paying dividends in a big way and this cougar fan is elated for you. Utah is a great university and deserves nothing but the best for all the kids that go there.

    As for the football team, well let's hope Kyle and his boys will have a hiccup only against my cougars and then start tearing it up this year. Bring the Rose Bowl trophy home soon! That will be so sweet!!!

    Good luck to the Utes! And go Cougars!

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:26 a.m.

    Build whatever you want. They still need to win. I'm actually hoping for a stadium expansion and upgrade but I guess that will take some time.

    Does all of this money coming in mean my taxes can go down?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    This is a great step forward for the program. Not just football, but for baseball, tennis, and skiing as well.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 4, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    Zelphexists is the greatest name on the Dnews comment section.

  • MT Seats Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    Since joining the PAC12, I marvel at the beauty of the campus and all the new facilities. Connected to downtown, a metropolitan airport and the greater Salt Lake area via light rail, The University of Utah is truly one of the most beautiful and unique campuses in the country and the crown jewel of our great city. A special thanks to Dr. Hill and the rest of the University administration for their vision and leadership where my daughter is a junior and my son will be enrolling as a freshman this fall.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    Agreed, ZelphExists, our journey in the elite Pac-12 is only beginning. Based on the videos I've seen of this facility, it is very impressive. I did not realize that an entire football complex was being built with another practice field to be added. I've already said it but the bottom line is that this is very impressive. The Utes still have to earn it on the field but they are well on their to taking their rightful place in the power conferences.

    It's a great time to be Ute!!

  • ZelphExists Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    This is great! It is a great day to be a Ute! This will only booster our recruiting. The PAC12 has been a blast. And it's only going to get better!