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2018 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Utah



OCT. 20: 6 p.m. MDT/ 5 p.m. PDT
Televised: Pac-12 Network
Location: Salt Lake City
Stadium: Rice-Eccles
Capacity: 45,807
Surface: Fieldturf
Seating Chart: http://saltlakecity.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=saltlakecity&cdn=citiestowns&tm=8&f=10&su=p284.13.342.ip_p554.23.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.stadium.utah.edu/guest_info/stadium/fan_exp.html
Tickets: 801-581-UTIX

Projected Salt Lake City Game Day Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 66, low of 43, 42% humidity, 0% precipitation.

Websites: utahutes.com/usctrojans.com

Directions to Rice-Eccles Stadium:

From Salt Lake City International Airport: Exit the airport onto I-80 East. In about two miles, exit at 600 South, which is a one-way street heading east. Take 600 South to 700 East and turn left. Turn right at 400 South. Continue heading east about one mile. The stadium will be on your left.

From I-15 North: Take 600 South exit. Follow above directions from this point.

From northbound Foothill Boulevard: Follow the street as it bears left and becomes 500 South. The stadium is on your right just past the intersection of Guardsman Way/Campus Center Drive.

Salt Lake City Tourist Attractions:

The Utah State Capital Building: Completed in 1915, the State Capitol is a Renaissance-style building featuring depression-era murals in the rotunda, which depict events from Utah’s past. The beauty and its architecture are available to see as well as incredible views of the Wasatch mountains, the Great Salt Lake, and the valley floor.

The Great Salt Lake: You can take a boat tour of this famous body of water.

Trolley Square: This National Historic Site is housed in charming, olden-day trolley car barns. A major shopping, dining and entertainment marketplace. Located in the east-side downtown area.

Heber Valley Historical Railroad: A journey on a historic train across Heber Valley, around Deer Creek Lake, and through Provo Canyon.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips:

Homecoming: Trojan fans making the trip to Utah should be advised that the campus will more animated than normal since the game against the Trojans has been designated as Utah’s homecoming game. In honor of homecoming, the Utah football team will be wearing their “throwback” uniforms. As part of the homecoming promotion, 45,000 fans will be given red Pom Poms presented by Pepsi. Hey, it’s a free souvenir.

Utah Gameday: Okay, so “What is a Ute?” A Ute is member of the Indian tribe believed to have originally settled in Utah. Football “Gameday” on campus begins two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff (6:00 p.m. MT) with the “Ute Walk,” as the Utah team gets dropped off at the corner of 500 South and Guardsman Way. Fans line the route down 500 South to Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utah Marching Band will lead their team and giveaways will be thrown out into the crowd.

Parking/Tailgate/Stadium Entrance Times: Utah fans are known for hosting some of the best tailgating in the west. Tailgating is allowed in all parking lots across the University of Utah campus, however reserved tailgating stalls are available in designated lots on a season-long or single-game basis.

Parking lots are reserved according to Crimson Club Athletic Fund Level. Pay parking lots are available for $10 per car/truck or $40 per RV/trailer. Fans also may take UTA trains or buses free to the game with their game ticket.

Utah fan fest: Get ready for the game by visiting Utah Village, an interactive fan/corporate hospitality area, located on the grassy area north of the Eccles Tennis Center. Open two hours prior to kickoff, fans are invited to watch the pre-game radio broadcast by ESPN 700 and the Utah Sports Radio Network.

A football tradition: One of the University of Utah’s oldest football traditions is the “Ute Thunder” cannon. Maintained by the Utah ROTC, the cannon blasts pre-game 30 minutes before kickoff as an alert to enter the stadium, after each Utah score and during the quarter break entering the fourth quarter. Originally the ROTC used a World War 1 Cannon, however it was decommissioned in 2015 and replaced by the Utah National Guard.

Utah Walk: If you want to check out how the Utes welcome their team to the stadium, listen to the drum call to the Ute Walk on the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South where the football team will be arriving to walk down to the stadium. The enemy team will begin their walk 2.5 hours before kickoff.

Trojan Walk: The Trojans busses should pull into Rice-Eccles Stadium at approximately 3:30 p.m. Since there is no official Trojan Walk during road games, you should still be able to see the team come off the busses in front of the stadium.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant:

 Legends Sports Pub, 677 S. 200 W Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-355-3598

Lumpy’s Downtown, 145 Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-88308714








Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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