Utes show off new football center; Arena Football to ‘Kiss’ L.A.

Aug 17 2013 - 12:16am

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Like a proud father, Utah athletic director Chris Hill unveiled the new Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

It cost $32 million to build, but the Utes are in the Pac-12 Conference, which means money is flowing on the U of U campus these days. 

The 150,000-square-foot facility is just the latest in several additions to the Utah athletics complex on Guardsman Way.

As many as 400 student-athletes from all Ute sports will benefit from the new facility. 

The square footage includes the attached 19,000-square-foot Alex Smith Strength & Conditioning Center and an outdoor patio. 

You can see more details at http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081213aaf.html.

Britt's Badgers sit at No. 2

The Snow College Badgers are ranked second in the 2013 preseason NJCAA football poll.

The Badgers -- who regularly stock up with players from across the state, went 11-1 a season ago and were ranked third in the final standings.

Snow, under new coach Britt Maughan,  return five starters on offense and four on defense. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is ranked No. 1. 

Navarro College (Texas), defending national champion Iowa Western and Butler Community College (Kansas) round out the top five.

Maughan is a former Weber High player and assistant coach.

Kiss to rock indoors

In case you missed it, Arena Football is returning to Los Angeles. The team will be known as the L.A. Kiss.

Yes, Kiss.

Members of the legendary band will be somewhat involved with the team, which will start play in 2014.

For more information, visit lakissfootball.com.

Revved up at MMP

Today's Utah National AMA motocross race at Miller Motorsports Park brings some of the biggest names to Utah this week. 

The guys, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and others have been here before but the racers are getting their first look at the MMP outdoor track.

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Villopoto could actually clinch the 450 Class title with a win today. 

GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac leads the 250 Class, but is being chased by Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen.

The new, 1.1-mile track was designed by renowned track architect Marc Peters. Today's opening ceremonies are at 12:40 p.m.

Tidbits

We note the passing of former Utah football assistant coach Aaron Alford, who died of an apparent heart attack last Monday in Park City. He was 39. ...

The Utah Jazz promoted David Fredman to director of pro player personnel, Richard Smith to executive director of basketball operations and also hired Bart Taylor as coordinator of scouting and Isaiah Wright as assistant strength and conditioning coach. ...

Kudos to Alabama tennis player Mary Anne Macfarlane -- a former Weber High standout -- was recently named to the 2013 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team. ...

BYU assistant track and field coach Niklas Arrhenius placed 24th in the discus throw at the 2013 IAAF World Championships this week. As a dual citizen with the U.S. and Sweden, Arrhenius competed for Sweden. ...

Today is Utah State's Aggie Football Family Fun Day at Romney Stadium. The fun begins about 5 p.m. ...

Looking ahead, The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series will make its Utah debut at Rocky Mountain Raceways' Summer Send-Off next Friday through Sunday.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net

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