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Old June 22nd, 2011, 12:57 AM   #21
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Depending on where they are Horseshoes can have a wonderful experiential quality to them. With the new Gophers stadium the approach on gameday is fantastic, with the way one can see the bowl starting to fill up and have a real visual connection to the event from the outside. And if one sits on the south sideline the views to downtown aren't half bad. I think TCF would be really boring if we ever filled in the open end.

I am actually okay the Ohio Stadium expansion because the didn't connect the new stand to the existing ones, so it preserves a little bit of the horseshoe quality whle getting the badly needed seating. And I am totally with you on Husky stadium, thats got to stay a horseshoe, and it seems like it will largely preserve the views with the new renovation. Horseshoe layouts seem to have a lot more history and maybe some cultural significance in Big 10 country as most teams had at one point (Illinois, Wisconsin, Penn State) or still have that layout to the stadiums (Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, sort of Ohio State). But to each his own.
Oh yeah. I forgot about TCF since it is a new stadium. IMO, since TCF stadium has a beautiful view of downtown Minneapolis, the open end is great and the horsehoe design does give it a unique look and feel. The Gophers are lucky to have TCF. It is a lovely new stadium. Next to Husky stadium, TCF is my second favorite horseshoe-shaped stadium.
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All that for a university team ?!? Where does the money come from ?
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Old August 20th, 2011, 03:58 AM   #23
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All that for a university team ?!? Where does the money come from ?
Fans, alumni, etc. College Football has as rabid (or more) a following as Soccer does in the UK.

Look around the forums and you'll find a few more impressive university stadiums.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 04:43 AM   #24
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All that for a university team ?!? Where does the money come from ?
College football is big business. The Athletic conference that Utah plays in, the PAC 12, just scored a $3 BILLION television contract to broadcast the majority of their football and basketball games over the next 12 years. There are 12 schools in the conference, so each school get gets an average of $21 million each year.

Aside from this the PAC 12 conference is starting their own television network that consists of 6 regional channels and one national channel. This network will televise all of the games that are not part of the other contract, along with all of the olympic sports(swimming, tennis, track & field, etc) that are played by PAC 12 universities. It is estimated that each school will bring in at least $10 million per year from the PAC 12 network.

That's over $30 million per year just from television. If you add in revenue from ticket sales(Utah plays 6 home games, and they alway sell out their 45,000 seat stadium), along with parking, concessions, merchandise sales, and extra revenue if they make into the post season, there is a ton of money to be made.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 04:54 AM   #25
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Leadbelly, college teams are in effect the training ground for the professional National Football League. All football players here are supposed to have a college education (why?), although they may study very little beyond football. Imagine Premiership players with college degrees - that's pretty hard, I know. As RaiderATO said, college teams have a huge following, which extends far beyond their alumni. The wealthier fans ("boosters") give enormous sums to their teams (which in turn generate huge amounts of money from TV broadcasting rights, advertising, etc), so their facilities are often palatial. I speak as a graduate of a (former) power in the sport - FSU.
Here in Texas, even high school football teams may have grandiose stadiums. The school district where I live has an 11,000 seat stadium with floodlights and two jumbotron scoreboards. The school district had to issue bonds to cover the cost ($20 million), and the referendum authorizing this borrowing was passed by a record majority. The interest on the bonds is paid out of taxation, so my property taxes (= council tax) is a little higher as a result. Decades ago, my high school played football on a field from which the cattle were chased off before the game, and the few fans huddled in the rain on the sidelines. But that was in another time and place.
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All that for a university team ?!? Where does the money come from ?
Rice-Eccles is actually middle-of-the-pack when it comes to major college football stadiums and crowd sizes.

See Ohio State, Texas, Auburn, and Florida State, for instance:







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Old August 20th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #28
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College football is big business. The Athletic conference that Utah plays in, the PAC 12, just scored a $3 BILLION television contract to broadcast the majority of their football and basketball games over the next 12 years. There are 12 schools in the conference, so each school get gets an average of $21 million each year.

Aside from this the PAC 12 conference is starting their own television network that consists of 6 regional channels and one national channel. This network will televise all of the games that are not part of the other contract, along with all of the olympic sports(swimming, tennis, track & field, etc) that are played by PAC 12 universities. It is estimated that each school will bring in at least $10 million per year from the PAC 12 network.

That's over $30 million per year just from television. If you add in revenue from ticket sales(Utah plays 6 home games, and they alway sell out their 45,000 seat stadium), along with parking, concessions, merchandise sales, and extra revenue if they make into the post season, there is a ton of money to be made.
Utah won't get that much TV money off the bat; they don't get any this year, a 50% share next year, a 75% share in 2013, and finally a full share starting in 2014.
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Utah won't get that much TV money off the bat; they don't get any this year, a 50% share next year, a 75% share in 2013, and finally a full share starting in 2014.
Yes, that is known. I was merely trying to illustrate how large a business college sports is without getting into all of the details about conference re-alignment. I didn't want to confuse the guy with all of these details, since he obviously is unfamiliar with US college sports.

Anyway, Utah is a welcome addition to the PAC 12, along with the University of Colorado. I found this pic of Rice- Eccles on the PAC 12 website. Can't wait to see a game there.


Here is a pic of the Folsom Field at the Univerisity of Colorado, the other new addition to the PAC 12, from the PAC 12 website.
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Makes you wish we had stadiums like that over here. BUT Lets not get into the whole thing about why stadiums are bigger and bigger, Remember that usa thread that got blocked
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Old August 21st, 2011, 02:20 AM   #31
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man. UT and OU are gonna miss beating up on Colorado. That aside. I like the growth of Utah and its a nice stadium.
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Makes you wish we had stadiums like that over here. BUT Lets not get into the whole thing about why stadiums are bigger and bigger, Remember that usa thread that got blocked
Actually I think the posts above gave a pretty good summary of the dynamic. Simply, the passion and money behind college football is on par (if not more so) with any professional sport in this country. And the stadiums reflect that. And as long as people don't start getting into "this is better, mine is better, yours is worse" debate, there should be no problem discussing why collegiate athletics are such a big deal here.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:44 AM   #33
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Two beautiful HDR shots of Utah's homecoming game against Washington:

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The University of Utah announced plans to study an expansion of Rice Eccles Stadium.

The so-called feasibility study will focus on expansion of the South end-zone and is critical first step in changes to be made at the stadium, according to a release from the University of Utah.

The study will provide insight into possible revenue sources, including private donations and possibly increased ticket sales.

A renovation of the South end-zone could include new locker rooms, media rooms and space for medical services, states the University.

Rice Eccles currently seats 45,807 fans. Every game since 2010 has been sold out.

“We want our football team to be successful and our fans to have the best experience possible,” said Athletics Director Chris Hill. “This feasibility study will help us better understand how we continue to do all of that in the future.”

“It’s great to hear that the process has begun for an expansion to Rice-Eccles Stadium. The expansion study... Facility improvements are critical for our recruiting and this will add to our ongoing efforts to have national-caliber facilities across the board and we are grateful to the administration for exploring the options," said head coach Kyle Whittingham.
http://kutv.com/sports/talkin-sports...dium-expansion
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Chris Hill said Utah plans to knock down the South end zone section of Rice-Eccles Stadium and close the stadium into a single concourse. Number of seats and amenities still to be determined. Target date for completion is 2021.
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Hill is hopeful that sketches of what stadium renovations might look like will be available this spring. Proposed renovations include expanding the stadium beyond its current capacity of 45,807 seats, the addition of premium seating options, restrooms and concession improvements.

The structure on the south end of the stadium with the locker rooms, Hill confirmed, is “falling apart” and it’s given that it will be knocked down. Hill added that the south end will be closed in with the rest of the facility with one concourse.

Stadium size, he explained, will be based on what’s the right size for the university. The renovated south end will have a lot more variety to it than the north end.

Hill expects everything to be completed by 2021, for what he called the biggest project they’ll take on for the next 20 years. Funding for the project is slated to come totally from donations and ticket sales. No state money will be used.
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University of Utah approves request to seek bonding for Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion

The University of Utah Board of Trustees approved the U's request to seek bonding to expand the south end zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The university will share its proposed expansion plan Wednesday at 10 a.m.
https://kutv.com/news/local/universi...dium-expansion
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Old November 13th, 2018, 07:05 PM   #37
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Since they would be replacing the area where the locker rooms are located, sounds like they'll need to build temporary modular locker room facilities on an adjacent parcel.
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Old November 14th, 2018, 06:08 PM   #38
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Renders of the south end zone expansion:







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51,444 will be the capacity at the expanded Rice-Eccles Stadium.
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