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University of Utah breaks ground on new basketball practice facility

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  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 5, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    This will leave little doubt about how serious Utah is about basketball. I love the direction this program is headed in. Go Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:27 p.m.

    Agreed, motorbike. Coach K has done a brilliant job bringing the Utah program back to life. This facility will set the bar across the country.

    Go Utes!!
    Go Pac-12!!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Thank you John Huntsman!

    Go Utes

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    May 5, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    Simply another example of how conference affiliation and money produce more separation between Utah and other programs in the state.

    The time to respond is before the difference is so large that they are no longer competitive.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    Back Talk
    Federal Way, WA

    "Simply another example of how conference affiliation and money produce more separation between Utah and other programs in the state."

    Why do you care about separation of Utah from other programs in the state? You live in Washington.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    The improvements to Utah's athletic facilities, and campus as a whole, have been very exciting.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 6, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    Very nice facility. The Utes have opened up the check book for football and basketball. The program is on the rise; no doubt!

  • CG Orem, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Back Talk

    Once a little brother; always a little brother.

    The kids on the hill are obsessed with comparing everything the U does with what's happening with their big brother's.

    Just to ease your anxiety, plans for BYU's new basketball practice facility are well underway and will be announced shortly.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    Looks like it will be a very nice facility that Utah students should enjoy. Don't know why some Utah fans feel compelled to compare everything that happens on the hill with BYU, but that's their choice.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 6, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    @GC

    Actually I count one comment from a Utah fan towards BYU; and two comments from BYU fans towards Utah. This is a story about Utah's facilities; not BYU's. Now who obsessed with who? It appears you have this backwards.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    "Don't know why some Utah fans feel compelled to compare everything that happens on the hill with BYU"

    Actually, a BYU fan was the first to mention BYU, but that's his/her choice, and your choice to read it that way.

    The new facility should be great. Felt a little anxiety watching photos and videos of Coaches K and L knocking down the HPER East stairwell, lot of hours I spent in that building! Can't wait to visit and see what it's like when this first phase is complete, and the subsequent phases afterward.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    May 6, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    StGtoSLC

    Don't kid yourself - we all know who Back Talk was referring to when he mentioned "other programs in the state", and it wasn't SUU.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Snack, whether he intended to or not, his comment applies much more to SUU, USU and WSU than BYU, since those are the other state-sponsored schools, and who subsidize nearly all of their athletic budget with University money, while Utah's is becoming more self-sufficient each year. As a private school, BYU obviously has their own system of facility renovation, and that's great, good luck with that. But mentioning them here is akin to the the poster who was upset earlier in the year that an article about Delon Wright failed to mention Tyler Haws in it. The fact remains: BYU was never mentioned until a BYU fan did so.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Snack PAC
    Olympus Cove, Utah

    "Don't kid yourself - we all know who Back Talk was referring to when he mentioned..."

    Jay Drew at the SL Trib ran a story yesterday about byu facilities falling behind. Honestly, the desire to keep us is the only reason I can think of that would explain why byu-provo folks would be interested in this story.

    Again, my thanks to the Huntsman family for their continued support in the growth and development of academics, research, and athletics at the University of Utah.

    Go Utes!!
    Go Pac-12!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    This is awesome for Utah basketball!! With this new facility and the new recruits coming into the program over the next couple of years the Utes have a great opportunity to be among the top teams in the Pac 12.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    May 6, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    MyPerspective

    "Honestly, the desire to keep us is the only reason I can think of that would explain why [BYU fans] would be interested in this story."

    So how do you explain why the kids on the hill are so obsessed with EVERY BYU story?

    The truth is, Utah's facilities have lagged behind BYU's facilities for years and you're just starting to catch up.

    You still don't have competition quality baseball and track facilities of your own and your miniature football and basketball arenas have been dwarfed by BYU's arenas for decades.

  • mn_online In, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    This does not seem like a very good use of a very large sum of money.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    May 6, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    Didnt think my comments would be taken that personally by anyone.

    I simply pointed out that BYU (and others) need to keep up with key facilities in order to stay competitive in recruiting etc. Conference affiliation and sugar daddy boosters play a big part in that by the money they generate.

    BYU has long reported a need and an interest in getting a new basketball practise facility. Coach Rose has done so well at BYU that I hope he gets the support that his team deserves so that they can continue to improve and he can enjoy a new facility.

    Some people think it is only a matter of time. Hopefully, that will be a matter of a short time rather than a long time.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    May 6, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    "Why do you care about separation of Utah from other programs in the state? You live in Washington."

    Ah, because there are fans of different schools from all states.

    Hope BYU's mens and womans recent recruits can look forward to being in a similarly great facility soon (2016?).

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 6, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    @Myperspective

    Spot on. Thanks for the reference to the Trib article; interesting read. I have known Jay Drew since 8th grade and he remains a good friend today. Good writer, good guy!

    Take Care and yes....Go Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    talkinsports
    Gilbert, AZ

    "So how do you explain why the kids on the hill are so obsessed with EVERY BYU story?"

    What story do you think you are commenting on? This has nothing to do with byu-provo.

    "The truth is, Utah's facilities have lagged behind BYU's facilities for years and you're just starting to catch up."

    Catch up? Caught up and passed. My, my, how times have changed. You are here because you, like Holmoe, are sensing a gap starting to form. byu-provo fans are finally realizing that the ponies and rainbows Holmoe sold them on the independence experiment were a dream and all of you are starting to wake up.

    Regarding facilities, if byu-provo had developed a robust academic and research infrastructure 50 years ago instead of building sports venues that are no longer filled, byu-provo might have accompanied the Utes to the elite. Rise and pout.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:16 p.m.

    Back Talk
    Federal Way, WA

    Question: "Why do you care about separation of Utah from other programs in the state? You live in Washington."

    True Answer: Hope BYU's mens and womans recent recruits can look forward to being in a similarly great facility soon (2016?).

    So, Back Talk, your comment is all about byu-provo. Clearly, you are also concerned about the widening gap. So, what do you think? Holmoe has been talking up a basketball facility for ten years. Where is it and do you believe that he now has a fire lit under him to take action or are his remarks (again) purely coincidental with the ground breaking for Utah's facility?

    I'd like to hear what you think.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Spokane Ute
    Spokane, WA

    J. Drew writes well. I often find myself wishing he would write for the Utes but there seems to be some changes at the Trib and the Utes are getting much better coverage, now.

    He does bring an interesting edge to the facility question at byu. They (Holmoe and Rose) seem to be getting concerned and have a greater sense of urgency to do...well...something.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:17 p.m.

    The only sense of urgency to do anything is at the U. To catch up and to spend the money before the source dries up.

    Mind you now, whatever the U builds will pale in comparison to its so called 'power conference' brothers in the PAC 10.

    So with that in mind we know and understand what the U is really doing... just improving things locally. LOL

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 3:07 a.m.

    @ talkinsports

    Facilities include more than just stadiums. The Eccles Football Center and the soon to be Huntsman Basketball facility will both dwarf anything BYU has on campus. I know for a fact that the athletic training room in BYU's Student Athlete Building isn't even in the same stratosphere as the one Utah put in the Eccles. I'm sure the same holds true for the locker rooms, player lounge, eating hall, etc.

    As for the stadiums. BYU's may be bigger, but RES and the JMHC are much nicer and more comfortable. That will continue to be so with the upcoming renovations.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    sammyg
    Springville, UT

    "Mind you now, whatever the U builds will pale in comparison to its so called 'power conference' brothers in the PAC 10."

    That's right, sammyg, byu-provo can no longer compete with the Utes so take solace knowing there are those who can compete. You'll sleep better at night. Brovo, sammyg, brovo!

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    May 7, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again:

    I love my Pac 12 membership and the Pac 12 money that basically grows on trees for us now!

    The biggest challenge we have is how to spend it all.

    And this is yet another reason Utah is separating itself from the WAC programs in the state.

    You think recruits care about state of the art over the top brand new facilities?

    Yep!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 7, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    Talkinsports,

    According to an article in the SL Trib the Utes have surpassed BYU with the new football facility and now the basketball facility. Tom Holmoe doesn't seem to have an answer when asked if BYU is going to build a basketball training facility. BYU currently doesn't have one and there are no real plans to build one. The basketball teams practice in the Marriott Center, when it's available, and do their individual workouts in the student fitness center. BYU has nothing to compare to what the Utes are currently building, so this isn't catching up, it's flying past. The Cougars are in the Ute's rear view mirror as far as facilities go.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 7, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    The BYU athletic administration is in a tough spot. They know they need a basketball training facility, but the donors they are asking to donate have been asked by the LDS Church to donate to the expanded missionary effort. The Church is currently spending tens of millions of dollars expanding missionary training centers across the world and has asked members to increase their donations to the mission fund of the Church to help with this. Tom Holmoe knows this and may have even been told not to ask for too much money for athletics right now so wealthy Church members can focus their donations on the missionary efforts. I believe this is why when asked about the basketball facility Holmoe simply says they are quietly conducting fundraising and don't have a timetable or a plan.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    When you have something as beautiful as the MC, you don't need a basketball facility.

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    May 7, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    The Huntsman family are incredible people. The generosity to the University of Utah and their world class cancer facilities for the people in the intermountain area are tremendous.

    To CG:

    "Once a little brother; always a little brother.

    The kids on the hill are obsessed with comparing everything the U does with what's happening with their big brother's."

    Big brother lives on the hill and has won a NCAA National Championship, been to four Final Fours, had the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft and won 20 more NCAA Tournament games with one less appearance than little brother from Provo.

    Just to ease your anxiety, plans for BYU's new basketball practice facility are well underway and will be announced shortly.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 8, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Talknsports,

    The Huntsman Center has hosted a final four. Also it either holds the record or is close to the record for the mumber to NCAA Tournament games hosted there. Marriott Center, not even close.

    Huntsman Center, all chair seats, no bleachers.

    The U does have a new state of the art outdoor track facility.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 8, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    @talkinsports

    "So how do you explain why the kids on the hill are so obsessed with EVERY BYU story?"

    Says the byU fan on a Utah story.

    Nice job Coach K on getting us excited for Utah basketball again! Thanks Hill for doing something about that excitement!

    Go Utes!
    Onward and Upward!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 8, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    Dutchman, the McCarthy track is far from state of the art, but it is very serviceable, and has the potential for future investment to become state of the art.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 9, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Talknsports,

    Also, the 15,000 seat Huntsman Center is the largest basketball venue in the PAC 12. When the new basketball training center is finished and the outer perimeter of the Huntsman is vacated as all that moves into the new training center another major renovation of the Huntsman will begin by widening the concourse and adding new restrooms and concession areas. It just keeps getting better with age.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    May 10, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    @Back Talk like the NIT appearances and losses? That is some pretty big separation between other schools that go to a real tournament

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 12, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    StGtoSLC,

    The track has the same dimensions and surface as Oregon and Texas as well as other top level track programs. I think that makes it more than serviceable.

  • lefty200 kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    To Mormon Ute: your comments concerning the track size is correct, however, and it's a big however.... NO Bleechers.... Now how in the world can yu hold a track meet of any stature without any place to sit. Puting people and athletes on the ground is "bush league" especially in the PAC 12

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 17, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    Mormon Ute, the track at my hometown Dixie State University has the "same dimensions" as Hayward Field in Eugene. However, it is in no way, shape or form serviceable, although it does have a much higher capacity for attendance than the McCarthy track. But like I said, it has potential for investment to be much better. Seating and concessions amenities for fans is part of it, as is the track itself.

    The track is a standard rubber track, what you find at high schools, although it's in very good shape because it's still pretty new. Additionally, its location and space limitations make it difficult to have all field events on site. That's a tougher issue to solve, but not impossible. If we want it to be "state of the art," we'd need to front some cash for a mondo surface, increased seating, and more adjacent field space. With those additions, the new softball complex, honors dorms, student life center, and renovated Huntsman Center surrounding the track would make a very inviting backdrop to host some great meets.