Posted: Jun 21, 2012, 2:28 AM
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Salt Lake City Updates - University of Utah
Football Center - These renderings courtesy University of Utah, shows the University of Utah's new Football Facility
This rendering shows the Hall of Fame at the University of Utah's new Football Facility.
This rendering shows the dining hall and pation at the University of Utah's new Football Facility
Dirk Facer - Deseret News, March 29th, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's impending move to the Pac-12 will be accompanied by plenty of changes.
None, however, will be as visible on campus as the construction of a new $16 million football facility on Guardsman Way. The 57,640-square-foot complex will replace the Dee Glen Smith Center, which was refurbished in 1991.
Construction is expected to begin in December and take 12-16 months to complete.
"It's huge. We are in dire need of a new football center," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "We have some excellent facilities here at Utah. The football center is not one of them and that's something that needs to be updated, upgraded, redone, and we're going to do that starting in December."
The new football facility, which will be attached to the Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Room, is going to house state-of-the-art sports medicine and athletic training space, a multipurpose dining hall, a team locker room, offices for the coaches and support staff, equipment storage, a player lounge, a Hall of Fame, a team auditorium with space for 150 athletes and coaches, plus meeting rooms for each position group with enhanced video capabilities.
"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."
The new facility, he added, was the selling point in recruiting this year. Football recruits are shown a building model and drawings of what is expected to be in place well before the 2012 season.
Kyle Whittingham is all smiles after beginning the tear down of the Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center to usher in construction of a new multi-million dollar football facility at the University of Utah Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)
Bystanders watch as Kyle Whittingham uses a bulldozer to begin the tear down of the Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center to usher in construction of a new multi-million dollar football facility at the University of Utah Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)
Construction Site - May 2012
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