Does Rice-Eccles Stadium need an upgrade?


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Ute fans, the time has come — The University of Utah has announced plans to study an expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“What we’re really looking to do is create the optimal experience,” said John Nixon, Vice President of Administrative Services at the University of Utah.

On Monday, the University announced plans for a feasibility study to expand the south end zone of the stadium, something the school’s president said is a critical first step.

“Understanding the market, costs and feasibility will help us better prepare for the future of the stadium,” said U President David W. Pershing. “There’s still so much work to be done before taking steps toward renovation. We have to know if the market will support this kind of expansion.”

“Do we replace what we have, do we expand it, do we put in luxury seating, do we put in {a} club seating type setup for people who want that?” all questions Nixon told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson, the University will explore.

“We need to make sure that we don’t create something that the fan base and the community is not willing or does not want to support.”

The south end zone is the only area unchanged since the stadium opened in 1998. A reconstruction could include replacement of locker rooms, equipment storage and media rooms, and space for medical service and hospitality opportunities.

“We also want to create an environment where the football team is happy and proud to be playing in,” said Nixon.

Rice-Eccles Stadium currently seats 45,807 and every football game since the 2019 season opener has sold out.

“Being part of the Pac-12 things are going great. We’ve consistently been very highly ranked here in the country and what we want to do is create a great fan experience,” Nixon said.

If you have any ideas on how the south end of the stadium should be revamped, let the University know on social media.

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