Utah Utes football: Utes to build 'missing piece' — a new $16M football facility

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  • Nels Bountiful, Utah
    April 1, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    It seems that there is a lot of comparison of the facilities at BYU and Utah. Can someone tell me where BYU gets their funds to build these facilities? If it is all from private donors, good on BYU's donors. If the majority is from tithing(which I suspect most of it is) then you have little room to compare since we all know the tithing fund brings in a lot of money to maintain and construct chruch facilities.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    March 31, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    @Hymn to the Silent.

    Perhaps we have read different studies but in the studies I have read, participation in extra curricular activities of any kind is a better predictor of long term success when compared to other students who do not participate in any student activities. But, of the different activities students can participate in, debate, drama, music, newspaper, yearbook, student government, clubs are significantly better predictors of long term success. Participation in college sports and cheerleading and drill team are the poorest predictors of long term success. For the money invested, high school and college sports are not a good investment.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    You know what would be ANOTHER great addition to the U area?


  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    March 31, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Actually there have been plenty of studies tying academic quality to athletic success. And the ROI on football is much greater than the other programs at the University, still the academic interests receive far more private donations than athletics. Lamenting donations to athletics is laughable. Football is a money maker. Academics at the U is stellar. If you excel you find yourself in classes with the Nation's best professors: My junior year I studied under a Poet Laureate, two Ivy league professors, and a professor in Architecture who studied and taught all over Europe. That kind of multi-dimensional intellectualism is what makes the UofU an incredible place to study. It is a microcosm of the best the college world has to offer. And at state school prices. The University is seriously under appreciated in this state.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    March 30, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    Where will the money come from? The taxpayers, who pay for the University of Utah so we'll have a great university for students to get an excellent eductation? (No one has ever been able to tell me what football has to do with education). Will student fees help pay for it even if some students have no interest in football? 100% donated funds? Great idea!

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    "Going into the Pac-12, it's an all-out arms race," Whittingham said. "Everybody is building the bigger and better buildings, and we've got to keep up with everybody."

    While this looks like a great facility, remember that Utah football didn't get to where it is now by 'keeping up with the Jones's'. While I'm first and foremost a Y fan, I'd hate to see the U lose the chip on it's shoulder- you know the one that allows them to beat teams like Alabama- by doing what everyone else does. Hopefully the U athletes will still feel they have something to prove.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 30, 2011 9:50 a.m.


    thanks for the insight on the tier stuff.

    You're right, there is no way Utah can come close to out Oregoning Oregon. USC might be the only school that might even be in the same ballpark money wise.

    Utah needs to "out Utah" Oregon, meaning they need to have good enough facilities to mid-upper Pac-12 talent, then develop them better than the other schools. Until I make as much money as the owner of Nike, Utah won't come near the facilities or wow factor that Oregon can throw out there.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 30, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    The size of the allotment is different with each individual sport but basicly the coaches from each sport, i.e. football, baseball, basketball, etc. know how much money they have to spend. They then get a catalog of Nikes products. They go through the catalog and choose all of the items they want in the quantities they want such as uniforms, apparel, balls, shoes, bats, golf clubs, etc.

    Nike then gives them all of the stuff they order customized to individuals and schools.

    My guess is that the system is probably similar for all schools that have a sponshorship with an athletic gear/apparel company.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 30, 2011 9:31 a.m.


    Oregon is in a class by itself because of Nike. No one can be judged against them fairly. Interesting note for those that want to know how sponshorships work with Nike, and probably Under Armor or any other apparel/athletic gear company that sponsors individual schools.

    Nike has a multi tiered system of sponsorship. Oregon is in a tier of its own but then there are 5 schools that comprise tier one. I believe those schools are usc, notre dame, texas, florida and oklahoma. They get a certain amount of sponshorship money and athletic gear.

    Then there is a 2nd tier, BYU is one of about 15 2nd tier schools. They get a little bit less money than the tier 1 schools. In all I believe there are 5 tiers of sponshorship.

    So each sponsored school gets actual $ for wearing Nike gear. But then they get clothing/uniform/equipment allotments.


  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 30, 2011 9:07 a.m.


    considering BYU got bowl eligible by the skin of their teeth in the MWC, you might want to tone down your rhetoric.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 30, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Thanks to coug fans like Duck and other for the kind words. Certainly this is very needed considering the Taj Mahal that Oregon is building and USC upgrading their facilities as well.

    viva la PAC 12

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 29, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    SnackPAC, huh?

    The Utes resume playing the Aggies in 2012, starting with a game in Romney stadium. They haven't lost to USU since the ol' "Groin Gate" game. Perhaps, you meant to post your diatribe on a basketball article?

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    March 29, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Congrats Utah, sounds like a very positive step for them. Now they just need to expand the stadium and then they can say they are a legit PAC-12 member.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 29, 2011 5:13 p.m.


    "Dude, seriously, I would "focus" first on just beating Utah State."

    At least BYU isn't afraid to schedule the Aggies anymore, unlike the U that's gone into hiding behind the skirts of the PAC 12.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 29, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Next year, will the utes qualify for a bowl game? Wow! Six wins is a tall order.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Mussing with U,

    "Arizona has been "playing for" a PAC 10 championship since they left the WAC over 30 years ago."

    You guys always like to pull the Arizona card don't you? I have read it a thousand times. It is getting old. Come up with something original. I guess Arizona is beating the door down to join the MWC or go independent. Since they aren't that should tell you something.

  • man of few words Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 4:17 p.m.


    Honor Code is very egalitarian in his hyper-critical remarks to BOTH BYU and U of U. He appeared yesterday taking potshots at both schools for having the audacity to leave the MWC and be happy about it. Read into that what you will.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 29, 2011 4:14 p.m.


    Actually Spence Eccles is a big supporter of BYU and has probably given them about as much $ as he has given to the u. I take some criticism on here for mentioning the people I know but I have done some work for Spence and had a conversation with him about it. I showed up at his house in Olympus Cove with a BYU hat on and was joking with him that he would probably not give me the job. He laughed and said "I love BYU and I have donated about as much money to them as Utah. All of my children attended BYU."

    The truth is with most of those guys, like Huntsman or Spence, is that while they are utah boosters they are not BYU haters. Far from it. And both have sent plenty of money BYU's direction.

    But I think it is great they donate as much to utah as they do. This obviously saves taxpayers dollars and their donations to BYU save tithing payers dollars. People of that sort are needed in every community.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 29, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    "BYU's focus has already changed from winning conference championships to winning national championships"


    Dude, seriously, I would "focus" first on just beating Utah State.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 3:53 p.m.


    "As for a Hall of Fame, a 10'x10' room (closet) should accomodate this."

    I thought the honor code encouraged people to live by the Golden Rule. You know, treat people the way you want to be treated. You are a real charachter and I do admit that you get under my skin. Is that part of the honor code, getting under someone's skin? Anyway that closet you suggest wouldn't even hold all the trophies and awards from Utah's two NBA number one draft picks (McGill and Bogut) and three final four appearances and one championship game. How many of those does the other team have? Zip.

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    March 29, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Who am I sir?

    Honestly, you're scared to death that BYU might actually be successful as an independent.

    The only recruits grading Utah's facilities higher than BYU's are the recruits who chose to go to Utah. What else are they going say, "Utah's football facilities stink!" (as Kyle alluded to)?

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    March 29, 2011 3:34 p.m.


    Since when have the Utes ever won championships in football?

    Six championships in the last FIFTY years!

    And that was in the "weak" WAC and MWC conferences.

    There's a BIG difference between "playing for" and actually "winning" a championship.

    Arizona has been "playing for" a PAC 10 championship since they left the WAC over 30 years ago.

    I'm sure they're pleased to see the Utes and Buffs join that PAC 12, because the Wildcats will no longer be the only team in the PAC never to have won a conference championship.

    You need not worry about BYU's bowl tie-ins, because ESPN has plenty of bowl tie-ins. A far as championships, BYU's focus has already changed from winning conference championships to winning national championships.

    Before the naysayers have a panic attack, just remember, that's a goal, not a prediction.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    I was impressed with the positive comments of "Naked Truth" (is this in accordance with the honor code?) and Nottyou regarding the Y's facilities! The problem, as I see it, is if the Y has such facilities now and the Utah football recruits graded much higher than the Y's (See Rival, Scout, etc) How much better with the Utes future recruiting classes be after we upgrade our facilities?!!!!!

    Honestly, I hope all those who believe the Y's independence and future conferences affiliation is a good thing are correct!!! I hope to be proven wrong in my assessment!!!

  • Rueben L Folsom, CA
    March 29, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    It is proven that athletic success leads to higher donation rates from alumni and author university supporters. So this is a wise investment. Just another benefit of joining the PAC 12 conference. That and a home schedule of: Montana State, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Colorado as opposed to: Central Florida, Utah State, San Jose State, Idaho State, Idaho and New Mexico State!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 3:12 p.m.


    You forgot Marriott and Huntsman. The U also has a main drag named Mario Capecchi Drive after the famous Nobel Prize winner in medicine. Utah is only the seventh public university to have a faculty member win a Nobel Prize. I guess I can't expect you to be familiar with something like that. Oh well, Utah is off to the big PAC 12 stage now. I hope your team enjoys playing football games with no meaning as in championships and you still have no bowl tie in for 2011 and that WCC basketball tourney in Vegas should be thrilling.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    "Prepare for another facility to be named after Eccles. Up to about 14 now, including bridges, embarassing."

    What's embarassing is you criticizing someone for giving back just because he doen't share your affinity for a certain school or team.

    Shame on you troll!!!

  • '90Cougar Hampstead, NC
    March 29, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    1984 for life,

    Great comment! I got a good gut-laugh from it.

    Too bad I had to sift through a lot of worn out "my school's better than your school" comments to find it.

  • utesovertide Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    I was scrolling through the comments again, and saw that there were a few people wondering about getting a new library.

    The U already has a new library, that was finished in 2009 and dedicated by Laura Bush. The cost was around $100 M and was mostly donated. It is a state of the art renovation of the previous building, and is used by students every day until 2:00 AM.

    I'll add to my previous comments that in the 1990's, over $700 M were raised from private donations to create funds for professors, buildings, programs, etc. for generations to come. Again, the private sector has realized the value of educating at a high level and is doing a great job at supporting it beyond just supporting the athletic programs.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Why is this even newsworthy? It has nothing to do with JIMMER.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    The test is not "Can Utah fill their stadium ?". It's, can they fill their stadium with 5-6-7 loss seasons.

    History tells us they cannot. There are 15-20k fair weather fans at the U in football, who do indeed disappear when the teams fortunes turn downward.

    Basketball has 10k fair weather fans. Exibit A...the last 5 years at Huntsman.

    This is a huge concern for the Administration.

    BYU averaged 58k at it's low point during the Crowton years. Their dropoff is about 4-5k.

    This is why Chris HIll is not too anxious to expand. Wants to see what the upcoming 5-6-7 loss seasons do to attendance.

    Prepare for another facility to be named after Eccles. Up to about 14 now, including bridges, embarassing.

    Should be a boost up for Utah, however, BYU's are still far superior, top to bottom, hands down.

    As for a Hall of Fame, a 10'x10' room (closet) should accomodate this.

    Good to see a Track and field again at the U, after 30 years of running the program from West High, this has been a travesty.

    Nice addition, still in BYU's shadow.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 29, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Nice seeing the U upgrade - this PAC 12 thing will be good for all the schools in Utah in different ways - all positive.

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    March 29, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Another win for the Utes!

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    "Great move. Utes should compete with the lower tier teams and some day reach the Vegas bowl. Congrats!"

    Great Comment. To bad you're the 175th troll to post it so far today.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 29, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Great move. Utes should compete with the lower tier teams and some day reach the Vegas bowl. Congrats!

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 29, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    "Now let's just hope we don't lose to Utah State.... "

    No worries of that happening hedgehog, since the Utes are too scared to schedule Utah State anymore.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 29, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    "Looks like the Ute upgrade = BYU's existing facilities. Good job.'


    Now let's just hope we don't lose to Utah State....

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 29, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Honor Code | 12:08 a.m. March 29, 2011
    Denver, Colorado

    ...hates BYU as much as he hates Utah.

    Probably a Colorado or CSU troll.


    Congratulations Utah. It's great to see U finally getting some decent football facilities.

  • utesovertide Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    Most of the buildings being constructed, constructed, or renovated on the U campus in recent years have either been fully funded or mostly funded by donations or private operations to the departments that need them. Among the projects are:

    Warnock Engineering Building $32 M ($19 M donated)
    Dee Glen Smith Athletic Center $20 M total (all expected paid by donation)
    S. J. Quinney College of Law building $60 M total ($60 M donated)
    School of Business Building $68 M total ($45 M donated)
    University of Utah Health Care Medical Services Building $25 M ($25 M in donations and clinical revenues)
    PCMC/UUHC Ambulatory Care Complex Parking Phase 1 $16 M ($16 M in Hospital revenue)

    Those are just a few examples. I count almost $185 Million in non-public funds vs. $36 M in public funds in these projects alone. I think the private sector and the donors are doing a fine job supporting the students at the U.

  • Skierelmo Oakley, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    As a former U athlete this is great news!!!

    As a citizen of the state that bothered to read the article... even better news!!! It's all privately funded!! I know some of you out there didn't bother taking your ADD meds so I'll put it again... privately funded!!! No tax dollars.... you getting this???

    Ps. To the Cougar fans posting on here... isn't now about the time in the conversation where you point out how obsessed we are with your team on a Utes article??? Take your hypocrisy with your "Jimmer Mania" back to your own pages, or say something constructive!

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    BYU has invested millions of dollars over the past several years to upgrade its football facilities. The Cougars state-of-the-art facilities already include a two-story strength and conditioning center, the nations largest indoor practice facility, football offices and team meeting rooms, leading edge athletic training facilities, outdoor practice fields, a football hall of fame and a restaurant open to the public, everyday team-oriented locker room in the Student Athlete Building and an upgraded game-day locker room at the 64,000-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium. Looks like the Ute upgrade = BYU's existing facilities. Good job.

  • Andrew American Fork, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    Hopefully no tax payer funding is going to support this building. Agree with DN subscriber to a point. Aren't there more important priorities out there than donating money to support a state sponsored football team? I guess some people have money to burn.

  • Y's Guy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes. Looks as if it will be a nice facility.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    March 29, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    @ DN Subscriber Your points are well taken. Teachers pay increase is a good idea. Education is absolutely important. New Dorms and a library would be nice.
    However, "misplaced priorities" is a little off base.
    Question for you: How much money does New Dorms, libraries, Teachers, or even higher education bring to the university?
    Ute Football, however "misplaced" you might think it is...Brings Millions of dollars per year to the University.
    In business, there is a very true saying, that says "It takes money to make money" Sooo, if you would like more money for your ideas and causes, you are free to find the contributors for what you want,.. just like the football program found their own contributors..

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    This is good news for the Utes. Something like this will sway a few recruits and that could make a difference. The commitment to this type of thing sends a big message to recurits. It would be great to see the Utes compete well in the PAC. Things like this are needed for that.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Honor Code ???
    The Byu Honor Code clearly states - " Respect others "
    The new center is certainly getting my financial donation and I believe other alumni will do the same. It's good to be a Ute !

  • williary Kearns, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    I'm confused. The facts are that Utah has the 3rd highest amount of season tickets of any Pac-12 team. Yet jealous/paranoid BYU fans constantly tell everyone on D News blogs that Utah can't fill their stadium?

    So which is it?

    A Utah football article and 2 of the first 5 comments are from jealous Cougar fans. Don't you guys have some WAC football teams to begin scouting for next year? Or figuring out how to pay attention to football any season after you pick up that first loss and are out of contention for....anything?

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Duckhunterr is bent out of shape that Duckhunter sometimes makes fun of the utes and sometimes just has a decent dialogue.

    Seems like a pretty average fan to me. Or perhaps we should follow after Duckhunterr who instead of switching between hate filled dialogue and decent dialogue just sticks with the former.

    Yep, Duckhunter is the one with the problem. Right(said very sarcastically).

    Tremendous reasoning there duckhunterr. I'm glad he gets to you though.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 29, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Congratulations Utes. It sounds like it is going to be a great facility and I'm glad that it is already paying off for you in terms of recruiting.

    The article talked about it being built from donor funds, so I'm not sure why DN Subscriber is upset unless he/she did not read the article.

    Good luck in the Pac!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    Ibleedcrimson | 8:56 a.m. March 29, 2011
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    Regarding the comment from TwinsGuy, it's called sardonicism.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    I agree with Mormon Ute on this one. The Utah Legislature funds about 8% of the U's total budget. The U could probably survive as a private university if it had to. As to your complaint that the U should be providing an education and degrees that bring graduates into meaninful careers, apparently you are unaware that the U works very closely with private industry to create and fashion degrees that private companies want and need to fill their work force. From medicine to engineering to computer science the U is educating students of this State and preparing them for the work force. They are doing this in coordination with private industry and even the government. You claim the U is doing poorly at their core mission of educating students. I suggest you do some research and go read the 2012 Edition of the Best Graduate Schools as prepared by U.S. News and World Report and see for yourself how many graduate programs the U has in the top 65. Very Impressive.

  • Mount Olympus Holladay, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Great news!! Next, let's expand that stadium!!

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    this is great news. i wonder what we'll call it. hey mr. huntsman, would you like another building named after you?

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 29, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Dutchman said, "Everyone should be happy for the kids in Utah who will now have great facilities in which to practice and also do their school work. In the past kids who wanted these kinds of facilities had to leave the State."

    Not leave the "State", just Salt Lake County. Your brothers to the south have had such facilities for years.

    It looks like this will be a fine facility. Congratulations!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    You are sadly misinformed about the amount of money the legislature contributes to the U. They have cut the funding to the point were tuition, fees, grants and donations already cover around 80-90% of the University's costs. Many of the U faculty salaries are funded by grants and fellowships. The new dorms were built with money from the Olympics. The library was upgraded with donations from the last big fundraising drive which raised over $100 million. So don't whine about your tax dollars being misused at the U.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    No one will argue that this is not a great enhancement to the University of Utah's athletic programs.

    However, I will argue that at a time when tuition costs have increased at double or triple the inflation rate for decades, when taxpayer funding is becoming more difficult to justify or sustain, we must question if the University of Utah exists to educate Utah residents for meaningful careers, or to support an elite athletic program?

    Sure, some will argue that this athletic fluff stuff is funded by donations instead of tax dollars. What if donors were instead being urged to support faculty pay raises, new dorms, library improvements or all the other stuff that the taxpayers and students have been forced to pay for?

    I do not see this as evidence of sound leadership and management at the University of Utah, but rather proof of misplaced priorities by out of touch academics seeking to boost their egos and prestige at a time when they are doing poorly at their core mission of educating students.

    The legislature should cut 16 million from the U's funding next year to show that they do not support these skewed priorities.

  • Duckhunterr Highland, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to let you know (as if you didn't already) that I suffer from schizophrenia. Sometimes, I come on here and I make positive comments about the Utes. In fact, its funny. Just yesterday, I made a comment to pocyUte and thanked him for having a civil dialogue with me.

    But there are times when I like to make fun of the University of Utah and their "fans". I like to predict doom and gloom for them. I like to use vitriol to mock them.

    I still wish I was a Ute, and someday maybe i will be. But in the meantime, please don't be upset at me. Sometimes, I forget to take my medicine.

    GO UTES!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    Nice try all you posters who want to bring smack to something positive happening at the U. Everyone should be happy for the kids in Utah who will now have great facilities in which to practice and also do their school work. In the past kids who wanted these kinds of facilities had to leave the State. Now they can stay home with great facilities and a chance to compete on the big PAC 12 stage. I also give thanks to the many donors who have stepped up big time to make this happen. Those who find negativity in this announcment please go back to reading your campus news paper in Provo.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    "This is an outrage! Just think of how the money they are wasting on sports could be used to improve the Womens Studies program, not to mention the GLBT scholarship fund!"

    Imagine how fast "donor" money would dry up if the dollars they are giving are allocated to be used for something other than what they were donating for.

    If you want an improved Womens Studies program you need look no further than you and your constituents own wallets.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    I've seen the plans and this will be a great facility, one utah badly needs. I will definately give them credit for the commitment they have shown to upgrade their facilities. As I've mentioned before I've done some work there and all the stuff they have done has been 1st class stuff. This is definately something that needed to be done and they are now doing just that.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Wonderful. First a track so the Utes could actually have a track and field program. Now a desperately needed football facility to enhance recruiting. What's next? Perhaps a Division I basketball program that is semi-competitive? Come on boosters, get out your checkbooks and put your money where your hope is.

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Amazing how a really 'vanilla' article about a building at the U, could turn into a bunch of garbage from BYU 'fans'.

    I guess we don't have to worry about the importance of a now, early, non conference, game between Utah and BYU do we?

    The hatred, the stupidity (from both sides), will continue to be there in all its "glory"

    I'm so relieved

  • YouAreKidding Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    So exciting...except for the fact that the Utes will continue to be an afterthought in the PAC-12 and continue to play second fiddle to BYU on ESPN.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Sounds like a great facility. Exciting for the players no doubt.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 29, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    Great news! This will be like a kid in a candy store for recruites.

    The days of competing for non AQ talent are over. This is the big leagues or as l like to say the "Conference of Champions".

    It's great to be a UTE!!

  • TwinsGuy Savage, MN
    March 29, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    This is an outrage! Just think of how the money they are wasting on sports could be used to improve the Womens Studies program, not to mention the GLBT scholarship fund!

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    Congratulations, Utes. This was a big step in the transition process to competing with the big boys. I'm excited about the trend in recent years to really upgrade the facilities of the local programs. BYU's facilities are top-notch. Their indoor practice facility is incredible, they have one of the larger stadiums in the west, and their support facilities are great too. And as for Utah, you've really seen an upgrade since Meyer came in. They built their indoor practice facility as well which is also solid, they re-did the weight room which is now great, and they've slowly upgraded RES. This new facility will have them right on par with the other teams in their conference, and the commitment to upgrading is what should really have Ute fans excited. Good for them.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    March 29, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Welcome to the PAC-12......if you're going to belong, you're going to have to pay the price. Even if you're a basement dweller for years to come!!!