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Published: Sunday, Aug. 11 2013 6:52 p.m. MDT

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gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Dirk,
I understand the point of not holding a public open house but some photos or video would be cool.

TWinston
West Valley, UT

As an Ute fan I'd like to thank all the byu and USU fans that helped make this possible through taxes from hard earned income.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

There's no stopping us; now that we're in our new practice facility, we'll be winning Rose Bowls and National Championships every year.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

TWinston,

You know better. It has been posted here many times. Utah tax payer money that is appropriated to the U of U of about $253 million a year goes entirely to educate grad and under grad students at about a 40% level. The state used to support grad and under grad programs at the U at a 75% level. No state taxes go to support the athletic department. In fact, the athletic department pays the U for the tuition and fees used by the student athletes.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I love my BCS membership!

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

One of the perks of my "bcs membership" is being able to enjoy bowl week with my little sister watching from the comfort of our couch.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Can't wait to see some official pictures!!

Go Utes! Jealous byU "fans" are welcome to join us by posting your love to this story too!

Utes-Best Lil Brothers
Anaheim, CA

VegasUte

Why would BYU fans be jealous? BYU has had a similar facility for almost a decade.

It's nice to see our little brothers finally building some decent facilities. When are you going to upgrade that tiny little stadium of yours?

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

"Can't wait to see some official pictures"

There's really not much to see; it's just an empty shell.

Utah Alum
Orem, UT

Seems like a very nice facility. How much it improves Utah's recruiting and, more importantly, how much it improves Utah's football program, remains to be seen, and may be impossible to quantify.

It does seem reasonable to assume that at least a few recruits will be positively influenced and that the product on the field could be improved though better conditioning.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Utes-Best Lil Brothers,

Construction is underway on the $50 million George Eccles Student Rec Center near the 2002 Winter Olympics Legacy Bridge. When that is complete then all student Rec activities can be moved out of the HPER complex. Design work has already started to renovate the HPER complex into a high class basketball training facility and swimming complex. Also, the Huntsman Center will undergo upgrades. Construction on all this will start when the new Rec Center is completed. In the meantime a new women's softball stadium is nearly complete and and outdoor tennis complex is ready to get started next to the indoor tennis facility.

Yes, BYU has had a nice football facility for a decade but it was built all at one time. Utah has had the indoor facility and the weight training center for some time. The only piece missing was the facility just completed. Put all the pieces together and Utah's football center is now up there with the best.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Utes-Best Lil Brothers,

As for the stadium, the plans for expansion are drawn and a committee is meeting and working now on how to account for the Olympic pieces in the south end zone and how to incorporate the Olympic Cauldron into the new stadium design. A lot is happening at the U right now in terms of construction not only for athletic facilities but academic as well. Here are a few projects:

$125 million medical trauma center. This is a huge facility. I guess it would eat up about a quarter of BYU's campus in area.

$65 million new law school building

$55 million new Dental School building

New education building

A new College of Pharmacy building was just dedicated in April

The U is also working with the South Korean Government to build a satellite campus in that country

The new additions to RES are ready and will get started soon enough.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

Dutchman

"Yes, BYU has had a nice football facility for a decade but it was built all at one time."

And paid for all at one time.

Which will be the case when BYU builds its new basketball practice facility.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Pac-12 facilities + MWC coaching staff = Pac-12 facilities + new coaching staff.

U 90
Corona, CA

SportsFan,

You're welcome, I'm glad BYU's share of the 04 Fiesta and 08 Sugar bowl payouts as well as Utah Fan tithing money is helping your school pay cash for new facilities "all at one time".

SportsFan
Orem, UT

Dutchman

Impressive list of construction projects happening at the U.

Call us when Utah stops "making plans to upgrade RES" and actually starts construction.

btw, what's the plan for paying for all of this new construction since the state doesn't give Utah a dime for constructing new athletic facilities?

Dutchman
Murray, UT

SportsFan,

Yes it is indeed a benefit to BYU to have a strong financial owner and supporter like the LDS Church and its alumni who donate to build such nice facilities. I am both a member of the Church and an alum who earned a graduate degree at BYU.

It may interest you to know that the LDS Church is also a major contributor to the U of U. I just received my U of U Development Newsletter in the mail and it lists all the major donors between March of 2013 to June of 2013. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was on the list. The Church also gave a $4.4 million donation for the construction of the new Law School Building. I hope that you are OK with this. Cheers.

U 90
Corona, CA

Sports Fan,

Call us when the Cougs can actually beat the crappy team with the dumpy facilities.

jdub1942
PROVO, UT

Y fans,
Your pathetic trolling is as amusing as always.

Back to the topic at hand... It will be nice when there is finally an open house for the public. I would hope that it will be sometime after "national signing day," and before the first day of spring camp.

Go Trolls!
Go Utes!

Dutchman
Murray, UT

SportsFan,

Athletic facilities at the U are built using funds from major donors and sometimes revenue bonds which are paid back in full by ticket sales, concessions, donors and sometimes student fees when the students put their support behind a project and vote to fund it. The State of Utah does not and will not fund athletic facilities. I can only conjecture what BYU does because I am not an authority on how they fund projects but it is my understanding from talking to various project managers both at the state and church level, that if the LDS Church determines that an athletic facility like the BYU indoor practice facility for instance will be used by the general student body for intramural sports, then BYU will throw in some money from the Church to help build that the facility if it is also used by students. The State of Utah will not do that at the U. State tax money that goes to the U only funds education programs as I mentioned in a previous post.

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