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SBD/May 16, 2013/Facilities
Univ. Of Utah Athletic Facilities Will Undergo Extensive Upgrades, Expansion
Published May 16, 2013
MORE INTIMATE SETTING: The DESERET NEWS' Facer noted Hill outlined "several proposals that could come to fruition, including modernization of the Huntsman Center -- improved lighting and sound and a draping system that would make it a more multi-use facility." A $5M "draping set-up would make the 15,000-seat arena less cavernous for sporting events like volleyball and women’s basketball." It also could be used "for things like graduation or guest speakers." There currently are "no buildings on campus capable of holding crowds between Kingsbury Hall (1,200) and the Huntsman Center." The draping, which would "lead to removal of the familiar 'cloud' above the arena floor, would negate the need to build a smaller venue." The concourses at the Huntsman Center also could "undergo a facelift." One proposal is to "move all of the athletic department offices out of the arena and into the new basketball and sports performance facility." That would "allow for the current concourses to be expanded greatly" (DESERET NEWS, 5/15). Meanwhile, Facer noted "nothing is imminent" for the Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion. Hill said that there are "other projects that need to get done at this time." But initial drawings with "major changes to the south end of the stadium have already been created" (DESERET NEWS, 5/15).