Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center - University of Utah

Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center - University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Project Description

The Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center was designed to contain everything the University of Utah’s student-athletes need for training, studying, nourishment and entertainment. Facility planning was a close collaboration of the director of football operations and the design team. The facility’s circulation was designed to be efficient and well-organized so as to maximize the players’ time during the day. The facility is so comfortable, in fact, that student-athletes enjoy spending a large amount of their free time in the building, leading to a sense of team unity and camaraderie that the program had not previously experienced.

The building’s 140,000 square feet houses a full-service cafeteria, a locker room, a players’ lounge (with gaming and a mini-theater), a barbershop, strength and conditioning space, offensive and defensive team meeting areas, a laundry and equipment-issue area, an academic study area, and a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility. A significant portion of the facility is dedicated to football student-athletes and is separated from areas designed for public functions.

The University of Utah football brand is integrated throughout. The recognizable logo and striking crimson color accents used consistently in each of the building’s spaces help facilitate wayfinding.


Project Details

Architect: VCBO Architecture
Construction Cost: $24 million
Square Feet: 120,000 new; 20,000 remodeled
Occupancy: July 2013

Building Systems - Skylights: Alder Sales; Soltube

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Groove Entertainment Technology

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Yoga Flooring: Tarkett

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Infinity Sport Flooring

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Design Team

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Wasatch Electric

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Manhattan Project/Wasatch Electric

Laundry - Dryers: Mendenhall Equipment

Laundry - Washers: Mendenhall Equipment

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Granite Mill/R. Jorgensen Company

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Hydoworx

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: The Specialty Company

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Mendenhall Equipment

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting: Wasatch Electric

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: FieldTurf

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Tennis Nets/Posts: Colonial Flag

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Hydroworx

Pools - Lighting: N/A - area lighting by Wasatch Electric

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: Hydroworx Therapy Pools

Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables: Dynatronics


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