After almost a year and half of construction and $32 million later, the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center has officially opened its doors. It’s located immediately south of the Eccles Tennis Center and the men’s tennis team will use state of the art building for its sports medicine facility, weight room and dining hall.
“This center represents an important landmark in the growth and positive trajectory of Utah athletics,” said noted philanthropist and former Utah ski All-American Spence Eccles. “Its impact will be significant and long lasting, ensuring that our student-athletes have the finest facilities, faculty, coaches and programs available in order to compete at the highest level of excellence both academically and athletically. Our family is proud to help ensure that the best is yet to come for Utah athletics.”
The 150,000 square foot center, amongst many other things, includes a 17,000-square-foot sports medicine complex with a dedicated hydrotherapy center that allows the Utah sports medicine staff to utilize cutting-edge rehabilitation and therapy techniques. On top of that it includes a 250-seat dining hall with healthy nutritional options for Utah’s student-athletes.
“This athletic center is an unbelievable addition to Utah athletics,” said head men’s tennis coach FD Robbins. “We are very thankful to the Eccles family and all the other donors who have made this possible. This undoubtedly will help us become more competitive in the Pac-12 Conference and on a national level.”