Pac-12 decides Levi's Stadium is a good fit

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  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 22, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    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 empty seats.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 22, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    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 bad.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    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.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 20, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    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.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2014 3:40 a.m.

    @ VegasUte

    I 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 obviously).

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2014 3:34 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 19, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    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.


    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!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    May 19, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    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 division.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 8:54 a.m.


    "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 title.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    May 19, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    "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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 17, 2014 8:28 p.m.

    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.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 17, 2014 5:50 a.m.


    Let'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.

  • UU Provo, UT
    May 16, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Tajemnica Santa Monica, CA
    May 16, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    Attendance will drop for the teams that actually participate in the championship game. It should stay the same for utah... ZERO!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    May 16, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Kezar Stadium in San Francisco would host a Pac-12 championship game before Rice-Eccles.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    May 16, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    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?

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    May 15, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    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

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    Look forward to going. Within 5 years we will be there

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    BYU would win this game every year. That's why the PAC 12 won't let us join.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 15, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    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.