Jon Wilner of the SJ Merc News estimates this will mean $1M more revenue per
school each year. I'm guessing the presidents will trade that for a few
My position on this issue has nothing to do with whether or not I would travel
to the game. It simply is common sense that you will get higher attendance
numbers and a more electric atmosphere when the game is played at one
team's home stadium. Many observers are saying the same thing. Some
expect up to 50% of the seats to be empty. That's based on the fact that
most college teams only get about 10,000 fans to travel to a bowl game and
that's the high end. So if you get 10,000 fans from each team that's
20,000 and then you might get 10,000 locals to go so you get about 30,000 fans,
maybe 35,000 at best. This is a 68,000 seat stadium so you're looking at
only filling half of it. I'm sure the stadium owners are guaranteeing the
Pac 12 a big pay out, but they are sacrificing fan support and atmosphere. Too
The PAC championship will always be played on the coast. Why would they come
East? There are no true PAC teams in the Mountain Time Zone. Could you be
talking about Utah or Colorado? Look at their record in football and then tell
us all again how the PAC powers-that-be would EVER schedule that game in Utah or
Colorado! Remember 4-5, 3-6, 2-7. This next year will be 1-8.
Two For:I have lived in Vegas for over 22 years now. I can't
tell you how many times there has been plans and pushes and land set aside for a
new UNLV stadium. This time the talk is about a new stadium on campus, which
will require the reinvention of the entire campus parking system.It
will never happen.I hope (beyond hope) that I am wrong, but I have
seen it too many times before. All of the funding will have to come from
contributors because the school has no money, and what money it has, it invests
in basketball. If you have ever been to Sam Boyd stadium in a rainstorm, or a
hot wind storm, you would not want to ever go back again. They can't even
afford to pave any of the parking lots.I would love for them to
build a new stadium and make it the permanent home of USA Sevens, but I'm
not holding my breath.
@ VegasUteI thought I heard something about there being a pretty big
push to build a new 50-60,000 seat stadium for UNLV (and other attractions
@ Rose Bowl call yet?Utah's chances are infinitely better than
BYU's. Mock Utah all you want, it's not going to change the fact that
your program is about to take a permanent seat in the irrelevant chair. Some
people enjoy lower division football though, hopefully you're one of them.
It's all about the money. The new deal with the Niners for use of the
stadium, with the additional sponsors, will bring each school in the conference
an additional $1 million. Jarvis:UNLV's stadium
would have to be completely demolished and re-built from the ground up before
ANY conference (except the MWC) would consider that hole for a championship
game. UNLV will never have the funding to even pave the parking lot of the
stadium they already have, let alone expand. That stadium is an
embarrassment!Nice to see all the trollers drooling over yet another
article that has nothing to do with Utah County. It's just too awesome
that anything related to Utah brings out the byU "fans" in droves! Such
entertainment!FWIW - I would much rather go to San Fran in December
than any of the stadiums of the North division schools (outside of the Bay).
The attendance will be fine and all of the schools will prosper with the
change.Go Utes! Onward and Upward!
I always wondered if the UNLV stadium were ever to be expanded would the PAC12
consider that stadium for the championship game. It seems like the most central
location. However, the reality is that only a handful of the teams will ever
see the championship game. In the north Stanford and Oregon have it locked up
with an outside shot for Washington to occasionally squeeze in. In the south
UCLA and USC will be on top with the occasional Arizona State. Outside of those
six schools I don't see any of the other programs being competitive enough
to win the division. Putting the game in SF makes the most sense.Will the Utes ever make the championship game? While I do expect the program
to be competitive and win a lot of its home games against the so-called
'superior' teams its really going to take crazy luck for the Utes to
win the division. We are still waiting for the Utes to beat each team in their
sammyg"4-5, 3-6, 2-7 says it all."Especially for
a program that's only won 6 conference championships in the last 50+
years.A program that hasn't won a road game versus a PAC team
with a winning record in almost 20 years, has no chance of competiting for a PAC
"I will gladly pay whatever it costs to go support our team when we reach
the title game."From what we've seen from Arizona - no Rose
Bowls in 35 years in the PAC - U will have plenty of time to save for that
16-hour drive to SF."And considering we were one field goal away
in our FIRST year in the prestigious pac 12..."One FG away,
LOL!With a gift-wrapped PAC south there for the taking (USC was the
only other PAC south team with a winning record and they were ineligible), U
were one FG away from tying, in a game in which U were totally dominated in the
first half on your home field by a team that hadn't won a road game in four
years.Based on that scenario, it could be decades before a similar
opportunity presents itself.
I simply don't like college leagues acting like the NFL. When you take the
college games off campus, you take away too much of what makes college sports
what it is.
UULet's be real honest... Utes going undefeated again? It just
won't happen again with 2 & 3 star talent, weak QBs and an ever
changing coaching staff.Ute football today is just a bunch of fans
with mouths running the 40yd faster than the athletes and fist pumping about the
prestigious conference.4-5, 3-6, 2-7 says it all.Time to
hand out more PAC 12 stickers for everyone.
CSD, for someone who proclaims themselves to be above all things Utah, you sure
spend a lot of time reading and commenting on the Utes. OBNS, you
probably also didn't think Utah would go 13-0, beating 4 ranked teams
including Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.... But it happened didn't it.
Mormon ute,Those who made this decision know more than you.
Attendance will NOT drop. I will gladly pay whatever it costs to go support our
team when we reach the title game. And considering we were one field goal away
in our FIRST year in the prestigious pac 12, I think its reasonable we could
make it within the next few years.I think there are so many teams
that could make it that realistically anyone but Colorado could make the title
game in the very near future. And I'll be there, along with
the other true fans.
Attendance will drop for the teams that actually participate in the championship
game. It should stay the same for utah... ZERO!
I don't like this move. This is just one more way college football is
bowing to the money and becoming more and more like the pros. These new
stadiums are desperate for events to fill the seats and pay the bills. The
price of tickets for the title game will now go up and no matter where it is
held or who is in it most of the fans will have to travel and pay for a hotel to
see it. Attendance will drop.
Kezar Stadium in San Francisco would host a Pac-12 championship game before
First sentence of the article: "Utah won’t get a chance to host the
Pac-12 Football Championship Game, at least not for the next three
years."Is that a taunt by the DNews? Utah would have to win the
PAC-12 South in order to host the game under the original format. Did anyone
think that was a real possibility?
This was a dumb move by the PAC"Look forward to going. Within 5
years we will be there"Lol yeah, you and Arizona. Lol
Look forward to going. Within 5 years we will be there
BYU would win this game every year. That's why the PAC 12 won't let
Might as well be in Tibet. I don't see any of us Ute fans traveling to
Levi stadium any time soon to see a championship game.