Ken Garff Red Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium

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What’s Happening?

The historic expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium is underway. With the addition of the Ken Garff Red Zone and the closing of the south end zone, this exciting project will further the mission of the football program, the athletics department and the University.

This expansion project is focused on the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium. The improved Ken Garff Red Zone Facilities will provide a major enhancement to the game day environment for fans. New locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and other football operation spaces will help elevate the student-athlete experience and boost recruiting efforts.

In addition to the updated amenities, both premium and non-premium seating will be added to increase the capacity of Rice-Eccles Stadium from 45,807 to 51,444. The Ken Garff Red Zone will include suite, loge box, ledge and club seating, and the number of bench seats will increase from the current number offered in the south end zone.


The second and final phase of construction on this project is currently underway and on-track to be completed by the start of the 2021 football season.

An aerial view of the Ken Garff Performance Zone project at Rice-Eccles Stadium taken on December 4th, 2020.

The demolition of the Spence Clark Football Center at Rice-Eccles Stadium took place on August 24th, 2020.

Olympic Cauldron Refurbishment and Relocation

As part of this project, the 2002 Winter Olympic Cauldron has been relocated and refurbished. After being temporarily removed from campus to be refurbished and restored, the Cauldron has returned to a new location on the north side of the ticket office at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The 738 separate glass panels will be placed back on the Cauldron over the next few months. In its new location, the Cauldron will be open to the public and will feature an interactive water element and displays that commemorate the 2002 Games and the Olympic Spirit that lives on at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the University of Utah.

The 2002 Winter Olympic Cauldron undergoes temporary removal by crane on February 14th, 2020.

The Cauldron is loaded onto a flatbed trailer before removal from campus for refurbishment.


The Cauldron makes its return to the new Olympic Cauldron Park at Rice-Eccles Stadium on January 28th, 2021.

The Cauldron is hoisted atop the new pedestal at Olympic Cauldron Park, where it will stand 107 feet tall and be visible from the inside of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Questions or Concerns?

Wes Mangum with Planning, Design and Construction is available as a point of contact by phone (435-994-2093) or email (

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out!

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