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Published: Wednesday, July 24 2013 12:20 p.m. MDT

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article says, only six schools had significantly better attendance that Utah. Fact: Utah was 9th out of 12 schools.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I'll bet we earn at least like three time that. $28M at least.


Stadium Journey magazine recently released a ranking of all 124 FBS stadiums in the country and the experience one has at a game based on the criteria of food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment, and "extras." RES was ranked pretty solidly at #53 in the nation, rating highly in atmosphere, neighborhood and fans, and rating in the middle in all other areas. Personally, I think the food deserved a higher rating because the review doesn't take into account all the great vendors along the south side of the stadium.

BYU was ranked at 59 and USU at 60 as well, so it really is nice to have a great gameday experience at any of the FBS schools in the state without breaking the bank.


Wow, DN being very sensitive today. Tilka, please learn the meaning of the word significantly and its context in the article. Arizona's average was 47,931, and Colorado's was 45,373 to Utah's 45,347. Do you consider those "significant" differences?

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

Funny to see so many Y fans on here who just can't mentally handle Ute success.

Great time to be a Ute. I have greatly enjoyed taking my kids to our season ticket seats at Rice Eccles over the past years. For me, of course I enjoy seeing the Utes win, but going to the games is more about making great memories with my family than what happens on the field. The Utes' great success on the field has just been icing on the cake.

Ute buster
Salt Lake City, UT

Go Utes,
Great success on the field? Really? Did you happen to notice that Utah is in the cellar of the PAC 11+u? You call that success?


Ute buster, one undesired result of a season does little to tarnish a decade of success. Yes, the Utes have been successful in the last decade. That was far from the point of Go Utes', however, but I wouldn't imagine you understand, nor would Chris B on a similar BYU post.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

Ute Buster is right. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

What success are you speaking of? Two terrible seasons in the PAC11+u? That is not how I spell success. I spell success by being invited to a bowl game and having a winning record.

Olympia, WA

What is left out is that before 2011 the U of U had a significant price hike to coincide with the first year of PAC 12 football life. It is tough to turn around raise prices every year after that. The Utes were wise to freeze prices for a while.

Las Vegas, NV


Seriously. Go to SH, you will see. For $13.88, you can see half of byU home games!!

Ifel Of'a-sofa:

Readily available home game tickets for $2 each impresses not a single person. That's more like being impressed by the 300 lb person who bench presses 20 lbs!

Go Utes!!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The author act as if the UofU let's students sit in those 6,000 seats for free... Not hardly, ~32,000 students pay athletic fees for those "free" 6,000 seats... Those are actually some of the more profitable seats in the stadium if you look at the math that way.

In 2012 the UofU Athletic department received a hair over $6M in student fees, students get "fee" seats to Football, Basketball, Gymnastics and all other UofU sports, but I think it is fair to say that the football seats are the most valuable... Let's just apply 1/2 the fees ($3M) to the seats; 7 games x 6,000 seats = 42,000 tickets... that is ~$71 a student ticket, not a bad deal at all for the UofU Athletic Department.

If you are student that goes to a lot of games the student fee equates to some cheap tickets, if you are a student that never or rarely goes to game then you are subsidizing you classmates that do go.

CO Ute

@snackpac -

Just curious why you continue to make the same post in response to Chris B on every U article regardless of the topic. What does the record the past couple of season have to do with the U selling out every game and not gouging the fans by raising prices?

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

Cougar fans are quick to point out their football attendance being higher than those on the hill, however,no mention is ever made that BYU has twice the student population... thus higher attendance figures for the stadium in Provo.


Wondering what ticket sales will look like after Utah loses to BYU this year, goes 4-8, no bowl game?

Too bad the coaches, administrators, students, and fans of the little school up on the hill don't have the moxy to play BYU every year. Sad thing is, even Utah State has the moxy to play BYU every year. What does that say about that little school up on the hill?

Go Cougars!


When I was growing up most all of the guys I ran around with had muscle cars. Most just had nice paint and wheels, very few had much muscle under the hood. The Utes got a real nice paint job a few years ago by the PAC12, but all the big shot talk in the world won't change the fact that your engine needs an overhaul. Forget about BYU and worry about Utah because your athletic program is sputtering bad!

Highland, UT

@hailstorm is a coming

"Cougar fans are quick to point out their football attendance being higher than those on the hill, however,no mention is ever made that BYU has twice the student population... thus higher attendance figures for the stadium in Provo."

In 2012, which is the most recent year I could find enrollment figures for both schools but since it is only last year it will do, BYU had 33,336 students while utah had 32,388 students for a total of 948 more students at BYU than at utah.

Are you sure you want to continue on with your "twice the student population" argument?

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

I still don't understand why BYU didn't just stay in the old MWC and work to make it better. The addition of Boise State would have made it one of the premier conferences.

Independence has not been the "blessing" everyone thought it would be.

Bad decision.

Idaho Falls, ID

45,000 seat stadium? How hard is it to sell out that high school stadium?

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