Years ago, when Urban Meyer took over the head job at Utah, he pleaded for a new indoor practice facility. The Utes, who had barely just moved out of the outdated and tiny Rice Stadium a few years prior, spent fall practicing in what affectionately became known as the Bubble - their old indoor practice facility that, during the winter months, could be seen from all over the valley. He got his wish, and, in 2004, right around the time the Utes were busting the BCS, the program opened the new facility.
Meyer was adamant Utah needed the facility to compete at a higher level. And while plans had existed prior to his arrival, he really spearhead the push, even though 2004 would prove to be his last season with the program. It was that type of big-time mentality that really helped advance the program and position it for a spot in the Pac-12.
Today, nearly ten years later, Utah football is once again taking a huge step forward. The completion of the new football center, said to be one of the best and nicest in the country, elevates the program beyond anything we've seen locally, and more importantly, it puts it among some of the big boys of the BCS.
It is truly an exciting and historic day for the program.
To document this day, let's take to twitter!
If you've ever dreamed of eating at Ute Restaurant, you're dream just came true. pic.twitter.com/q2MKIbs4uU— Tom Cella™ (@TomCella) August 15, 2013
Huge mural on the wall "Respect the process" pic.twitter.com/v7MDPVSEZ3— Tom Cella™ (@TomCella) August 15, 2013
Bill Reilly christens the media room...Monday press conferences here pic.twitter.com/cNVU8I1bWy— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) August 15, 2013
It's about 15 feet tall. pic.twitter.com/48CD26Qmwf— Tom Cella™ (@TomCella) August 15, 2013
It's official. Thank you Eccles Family!! pic.twitter.com/Fil0sHh63o— Jimmy Soto (@jimmysoto15) August 15, 2013
Very impressed! pic.twitter.com/8fvUDdbngu— Tom Cella™ (@TomCella) August 15, 2013
The weight room...where it all happens pic.twitter.com/b5gByPEfjv— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) August 15, 2013
More weight room pic.twitter.com/wJ8YjTrWYf— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) August 15, 2013
video wall (via lwodraska)