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Utah AD Chris Hill discusses Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion, scheduling at roundtable

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  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:48 p.m.

    SoonerUte

    "At Oklahoma, the visitor section has their backs to the new 7,849 square foot video board in the south end zone. Wait, what? Other schools have video boards behind a section of fans??"

    Are you trying to claim that other schools don't treat potential season tickets any better than they treat visitors?

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    UoU 1991 "that, or move the MUSS to the South End Zone."
    or move the visitors.

    At Oklahoma, the visitor section has their backs to the new 7,849 square foot video board in the south end zone. Wait, what? Other schools have video boards behind a section of fans??

  • bemorefair Villanueva, NM
    April 21, 2017 10:05 a.m.

    This AD is like Brewster's millions - so much new money he can't dream up enough dumb ways to spend it all.

    Meanwhile, the well respected CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute was fired over a money issue.

    Seems to me our state school's priorities are messed up when the U of U is willing to endure a scandal and major lawsuits over the abrupt firing of HCI, yet they quickly fork over $4 million for a stupid scoreboard. It's time to put some of that PAC-12 money to better use fighting cancer instead of dreaming up new ways to waste it.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Football Stadium Scoreboard Sizes:

    BYU North: 51 feet 3 inches wide and 34 feet 4 inches high (1,765 square feet)
    BYU South: 51 feet 4 inches wide and 33 feet 7 inches high (1,732 square feet)

    Utah South: 118 feet wide and 89 feet high (10,502 square feet)

    Since the scoreboard will be BEHIND almost all of the seats in the expanded stadium, Utah will have to do some fast talking to explain why new season ticket holders won't be able to see the scoreboard...

    that, or move the MUSS to the South End Zone.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:32 a.m.

    Uteanymous

    Gotta feel sorry for the 5,000 or so fans in RES that leave every game with a sore neck from constantly having to turn around to even see the only screen.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    April 21, 2017 9:11 a.m.

    Expanding to 50,000 would be just about right for the commuter school.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 21, 2017 9:07 a.m.

    SoonerUte

    Together, BYU's two smaller, yet very large screens, are larger than than Utah's single screen, with the advantage of not having the only screen BEHIND an entire section of fans.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 10:24 p.m.

    banliberals "We have since upgraded our shiny new ones several times and now we have two at our stadium"
    Wow! A couple of small screens is an efficient way to go. Maybe they could add some more screens, tuned to different games. You know -- give the crowd something to do during the November part of the schedule.

  • Ldsrm Spanish Fork, UT
    April 20, 2017 3:19 p.m.

    I think the negative started with Utah hires some coaches how should have been let out and were kept around manly urban Myers and rick Majarse so as you get after Byu look at your Coaches you hire.

    I do think The current football coaches have come a long way with this and agree with others that it is great Utah and Byu are doing well

  • banliberals SLC, UT
    April 20, 2017 2:05 p.m.

    SoonerUte asks...Thanks! When will you get a new one for football?

    I think the first one was installed at BYU was in 1984 when we were National champs! That was about the same time our new stadium was finished to hold 80,000 and you finished yours to hold 12,500......

    We have since upgraded our shiny new ones several times and now we have two at our stadium and have been there for a couple of years....but thanks for asking!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    Ron Swanson "That expansion decision should have been made 20 years ago."
    It kind of was decided 20 years ago. When the architects designed the stadium's Olympic make over, the plan allowed future expansion by filling in the south end zone and boxes on the east side.

    Cougsrit - "Congratulations for Utah basketball on getting brand new shiny and safe scoreboard. We love our new one and know that you will love yours too."
    Thanks! When will you get a new one for football?

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    @ arrogant chicken

    You say "If only Hill hadn't let coach 80k run away from playing BYU."

    You guys (BYU fans) have really got to let this go. The general feeling among much of our fan base is that your football and basketball teams don't show good sportsmanship like they may have years ago. Proof? The embarrassing Miami Brawl, Langi's cheap shot on the Utah State player, the lineman's unbelievable hit below the belt on the Boise State player, and, most recently, Emery's sucker punch on Taylor in basketball.

    Your coaches and administration need to do more to condemn this continued behavior. I doubt very much that it is gathering the kind of attention that you want at your school.

    Meanwhile, we'll choose who we want to compete against.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    April 20, 2017 11:17 a.m.

    For the negative Y fans that like to post here, I have a simple reply. I would much rather hear my AD talking about stadium expansion than to have my AD talking about how the school 'was close' to getting in a P5 conference.
    Dr. Hill has done a very good job getting Utah into the PAC 12 and then making the athletic program competitive in the conference.

  • banliberals SLC, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    With Chris Hill at the helm the football stadium expansion my see 60000 seats by 2095! Good on you Chris, are you by chance related to Dr. Lee at the Huntsman Cancer? You administrate similarly!

  • Ron Swanson Lahaina, HI
    April 20, 2017 9:47 a.m.

    How are they just now deciding to start studying stadium expansion? That decision should have been made 20 years ago. We need a better game day experience!

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    April 20, 2017 5:33 a.m.

    My expectation is they'll replace they remove the south building and completely enclose the SEZ to increase seating capacity to around 55,000.

    Parking needs a working solution.

    btw, the word is "loges" not "lodges" unless Hill is planning to open a KOA in the SEZ.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    April 19, 2017 11:31 p.m.

    “But all kidding aside, it just seems like I say something (and) it may be taken wrong by either our fans or somebody else’s fans.”

    Or the State Legislature, perhaps.......

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    April 19, 2017 11:22 p.m.

    PAC12 money sure helps,

  • Cougsrit Layton, UT
    April 19, 2017 9:19 p.m.

    Congratulations for Utah basketball on getting brand new shiny and safe scoreboard. We love our new one and know that you will love yours too.