The McCarthey Family Track & Field was officially dedicated on Oct. 23, 2010. It can be illuminated for night use by four banks of permanent lights and has lawn-style spectator seating on the berm along the east side. The facility features a 400-meter track and nine 42-inch lanes with a Beyon Sports Surface. The interior of the track has a 75x125-yard AstroTurf field, along with areas for the throwing and jumping events.
The facility was designed by Losee Architects’ Sports Division and the general contractor was Big D Construction. During designated times when it is not reserved for use by Utah athletics, campus recreation and club sports, the track is open to the public.
Honored at the dedication in 2010 were philanthropists Tom, Phil, Sarah and Maureen McCarthey. Representing their late brother Shaun was his widow Ning. The McCartheys, longtime Utah athletics supporters, provided a generous lead gift of $2 million. The University of Utah’s Campus Recreation Services and Administrative Services departments funded the remaining $600,000 of the $2.6 million project.
“The McCarthey Family Track & Field is monumental in so many ways,” said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. “As the home for our track and field program, this facility has given our student-athletes a world-class training and competition venue. In addition to the competitive advantage it offers us, we now have a more flexible practice schedule, which enhances the academic opportunities for our student-athletes. The McCarthey Family Track & Field also sends a very clear message to prospective recruits about the vision of our program’s future, which includes developing some of the best track and field student-athletes in the country. We will be forever thankful to the McCarthey family for its generous support of this facility and our program.”