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Published: Thursday, Aug. 15 2013 6:50 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Nice facility. Now how about Rice-Eccles? Utes need more seats!!

Bluto
Sandy, UT

Utah will continue to be last in athletic budgets, in the Pac.
And they are going even deeper into debt by bonding.

And, as noted, all the other schools in the Pac are also spending big bucks on upgrades.
After all is said and done, Utah will still be looking up at more established conference programs.

All of this is moot anyway, once Utah becomes embedded as their Perpetual Conference Doormat.
They're off to a good start.

btw...Utah is more than a decade behind BYU on facilities...even still.

steeleute
Sandy, UT

Bluto:

btw..BYU is behind Utah in recruiting and always will be so your "decade" of better facilities hasn't done much on getting better talent to come play for you

Cougar on The Hill
Midvale, UT

This will be a cool place to hang out during the holidays when the Utes find themselves bowl-less again..

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

I love my Pac 12 membership!

You think recruits care about state of the art facilities?

Just as Oregon!

Just another reason Utah has won the recruiting war between Utah, byu, and usu the last several years.

And will continue to do so, with ease.

Both head to head AND average stars its been Utah, Utah, Utah!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Bluto

Did you know Mr. Bluto that BYU is 3-7 against Utah in the decade since the SAB opened...

How much farther will BYU fall behind now that Utah's has superior training facilities?

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

To the BYU fans commenting above:

Sour grapes.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

"Want to kick back and watch a game on TV? There are more HD screens than NORAD and the Pentagon combined"

Those TVs will come in handy in December during the bowl season.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Beautiful facility. As I've said I have a friend that works at the U who sent me pics but the video makes it even more impressive. Congrats utes. I don't know about the booster saying "you are the Jonses". Someone needs to give him a wake up call and let him look at the facilities just built or being built around the PAC 12. This is just sick money being thrown around especially when we won't even give our student athletes a stipend. Time to start paying our athletes...I mean CFB already looks like the NFL now, might as well go all in.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

This is what you fixate on when you dont have actual wins. Seriously, who freaking cares? Get it done on the field and then I will be impressed. I can't think of anything more silly than "we won the recruiting war". Football is a game ultimately decided on the field. Nobody ever got a trophy for best recruiting class or best football building.

Utah fans are getting to be as bad as BYU fans at substituting fluff for actual wins.

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

Awesome. All haters' comments aside, this will help with recruiting and team unity. 5 years from now BYU fans will be pointing out how their school has more parking spaces with straighter lines. It's all becoming comical, from this end at least.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

If it's a game of keeping up with the Joneses, guess what? The U is not the Joneses. They aren't even the Nortons, the Bunkers or Fred and Ethel Mertz. The rest of the PAC 11 looks at the U as the Clampetts...without money.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

"Truth is, the Utes aren't swimming in money, as are Oregon and USC. The football center gives them a nice jump, but in the wealthy Pac-12, simply treading water is expensive. Ten of the 12 teams are either building or have recently completed facilities similar to the EFC."

At least the Utes will have a nice place to crash during bowl week.

rhappahannock
Washington, DC

Brad Rock is on the right track comparing the facility to a luxury hotel. However, he has missed one critical point. The UU athletic department is receiving millions of dollars per year in taxpayer subsidies. The vast majority of college football fans in the state are fans of non-BCS programs: BYU, Utah State, Weber, SUU. Why should taxpayers be subsidizing gold plated toilet seats for BCS conference teams when the BCS conferences are trying to destroy nonBCS football?

I would like to see Brad Rock or any other local journalist ask just once why nonBCS taxpayers should subsidize BCS athletics. Not just in Utah, but in any state. Subsidizing BCS athletic departments is a waste of education dollars. We should be recruiting and retaining better schoolteachers, not paying for "athlete only" monstrosities that will be expensive to build and maintain.

bradleyc
Layton, UT

Congratulations to the University of Utah, a great academic institution, on their new football practice facility. It is interesting to read the comments above. Seems to me this new practice facility will be a phenomenal place to sit and watch the team down south compete in bowl games.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Steven S Jarvis

"Now how about Rice-Eccles? Utes need more seats!!"

Not happening for a long time.

Next major project already announced by Hill is a basketball practice facility in 2015.

RES expansion won't be until after that, if ever.

If the Utes tank for the next three years, like they tanked last year, the won't be any need for expansion. RES will look just like the HC, a vast sea of empty red chairs.

That's why Hill is moving so slowly on expansion with nothing but a few drawings of proposed expansion plans so far.

This new facility is very nice; great food and couches for the Utes to watch bowl week from.

byufootballrocks
Herndon, VA

The facility is another example, another tangible proof of just how out-of-whack the "priority" of college football has become. Because it is close to home in Utah it brings a more startling realization of something that is already standard among many so-called "elite" programs around the US.

It's also sad that the number of NFL players from the U is being hyped. The truth is that well over ninety per cent of all college athletes from the top conferences never play in the NFL. I love the way Lou Holtz ran his Notre Dame program. He really played down the NFL promise because it puts the wrong focus on college football players.

Fashion Police
Olympus Cove, Utah

I wonder how students who couldn't care less about athletics feel about being forced to pay, through student fees, for football players to live in the lap of luxury while they're living on ramen noodles.

Just another example of the out-of-control frivolous spending by major college football programs.

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

Fashion Police

As long as student fees are being collected for use by Utah's athletic department, nobody can truthfully say that students aren't being forced to pay for athletic facilities like this. As anybody who's studied accounting knows, it's easy to manipulate the buckets of money to make it appear that particular funds are being used for a particular purpose, but the reality is, it's all one big pot of money that's being distributed however the U sees fit.

JD Tractor
Iowa City, IA

Looks like the copied a lot from what BYU did, glad big brother could show the way.

If ute fans think they are the "jones" (LOL), they haven't been to USC or Oregon.

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