SALT LAKE CITY (December 3, 2019) — Before defeating Colorado on Nov. 30 to secure a spot in the PAC 12 championship game, the University of Utah broke ground on a new addition that will excite fans for years to come — The Ken Garff Performance Zone.

This new expansion will bring even more excitement to the south endzone by adding new locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and other football operation spaces. The Ken Garff Performance 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, increasing the capacity of Rice-Eccles Stadium from 45,807 to 51,444.

Construction is being split into two phases without affecting the 2020 football season. Phase 1 will begin in January 2020. Pauses in construction will occur for football games and other special events. This phase will include underground utility and foundation work alongside the existing Clark Building on the south end of the stadium. The second phase will commence with the demolition of the 37-year-old Clark Building, after which construction on the new Ken Garff Performance Zone will be completed by the start of the 2021 football season.

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said during the groundbreaking event that the new facility will be the best in the country when complete.