By Southern Utah Athletics
Southern Utah's Track Complex, inside the University’s Eccles Coliseum may not be the largest facility of its type, but as was aptly noted upon its dedication, it is one of the nicest, particularly in the track and field ranks.
The Coliseum underwent a thorough renovation in 1997. Fans enjoy SUU athletics in comfort, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Eccles Coliseum’s visual backdrop ranks among the most beautiful in the country, with the surrounding mountains providing a striking setting for college athletic events.
In 1999, the existing track surface was replaced with a state-of-the-art surface at a cost of $285,000. The Martin ISS-1000 400-meter surface rates as one of the best in the state of Utah and the country and meets all NCAA Division I requirements. The red surface also has a drainage system that allows athletes to train and compete on the track year-round.
The stadium follows the Grecian architectural scheme of the Harris Center located at the south end of the Coliseum. Seating capacity is 8,500, including sky box suites, box seats and 1,000 chair-back reserved seats in addition to bleacher seating.
The Coliseum also boasts a comfortable, first-class press box as well as a state-of-the-art scoreboard which incorporates a video wall and message center. Locker rooms, training rooms, weight room and storage areas are located beneath the west grandstands.
The stadium is named in honor of the late George S. Eccles and Dolores Dore’ Eccles, whose foundation made a major contribution to the reconstruction project.