Rice-Eccles Stadium in Provo, Utah is one of college football’s best venues. It sits in the midst of the Rocky Mountains, giving it one of the best views in all of football. It hosts the Utah Utes who have moved into the PAC 12 Conference which puts them in the “Power Five” of the FBS subdivision. This means that the Utes are not only competing for a conference championship but also for a place in the college football playoffs.
PAC 12 football means games against the elite such as Oregon, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and California among others. Not only do you get to see the top college programs in the nation when you visit Rice-Eccles Stadium, but you get to see them in a smaller sized stadium which means a better view of the field.
Rice-Eccles has the best of both worlds in that it is not too old but also not too new. It opened in 1998 so it has been around long enough to have some great history, such as the 2002 Winter Olympics that was held there, the Urban Meyer led 2004 Utes that went undefeated and won the Fiesta Bowl and the 2008 Utes team that was unbeaten and defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. But it is also not too old that fans do not get the new amenities that new stadiums now brag.
The atmosphere at Rice-Eccles Stadium is electric on game day. The MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section) is one of the greatest student sections in the country and they keep the crowd involved in the game as they root the Utes on to victory! You can experience the excitement while enjoying your favorite concession items such as Philly cheesesteak and pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, Pepsi products and more at very reasonable prices. Tailgating before and after the game is a must at the Utes games. You will want to watch the band lead the players on the walk to the stadium while the Spirit Team throws t-shirts into the crowd.
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Tailgating at Rice-Eccles Stadiums means enjoying some of the best scenery at a college football game in the country with the mountains in the background. You will want to take many photos of the area surrounding the stadium, including the big “U” on the mountain behind the end zone. Get another picture of it after the game because when the Utes win, it is lit up in Utah Red!
Some of the great Utah players who have gone on to the NFL include Alex Smith, Jamal Anderson, Manny Fernandez, Bob Trumpy, Larry Wilson and Eric Weddle.
This year’s Utah home schedule includes games with Michigan on opening night September 3, Utah State on 9/11, Cal on 10/10, Arizona State on 10/17, Oregon State on 10/31, UCLA on 11/21 and Colorado on 11/28. You won’t find a better selection of home games anywhere in the country than those. Get your tickets immediately to make sure you don’t miss out!
Utah Utes football is sure to be one of the most exciting things to hit the Rockies since skiing! You won’t want to miss any of the excitement! Do not miss out. Get your tickets now!
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