The Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center, a 150,000-square foot, $32 million state-of-the-art facility, opened in the fall of 2013. In terms of both amenities and size, it is one of the finest training complexes in the nation, and it benefits every Ute student-athlete.
A technologically advanced 17,000-square foot sports medicine complex, including a dedicated hydrotherapy center, allows the Utah sports medicine staff to utilize cutting edge rehabilitation and therapy techniques. The building also houses a 250-seat cafeteria, serving meals tailored to the specific diets of student-athletes. The three-story structure features two courtyards and large sweeping glass windows, which provide picturesque views of the Wasatch Mountains to the south and east, and downtown Salt Lake City and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
The 19,000-square foot Alex Smith Strength & Conditioning Center, which opened in the summer of 2009, is attached to the Eccles Football Center. The Spence Eccles Field House, a 74,000-square foot indoor training facility that opened in 2004, sits adjacent to the building.
For the Utah football team, the facility houses over 47,000-square feet of offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium. It also includes a 6,500-square foot locker room and a spacious 3,600-square foot players’ lounge that spills out to a sprawling two-tiered observation deck overlooking the football practice fields. Providing great views of the Salt Lake valley and Rice-Eccles Stadium, the deck has already proven to be a popular place for team get-togethers and alumni events. The building also features a new and expanded 6,500-square foot Utah Football Hall of Fame.
The Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation supplied the lead gift for the facility, with additional major grants from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.