By SUU Strategic Communication
Southern Utah 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, among the FCS ranks.
Renovated in 1997, the Coliseum provides an environment in which fans enjoy SUU football in comfort, surrounded by spectacular scenery as the stadium provides chair-backed seats as well as luxury suites on the press box level. Eccles Coliseum's visual backdrop ranks among the most beautiful in the country, with the surrounding mountains providing a striking setting for college football.
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.
Since its renovation the Coliseum has undergone a series of upgrades, with the most recent the installation of Hellas MatrixTurf in the summer of 2012.
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.
Football offices and meeting rooms are housed in the lower level of the press box, while locker rooms, recently renovated training rooms and storage areas are located beneath the west grandstands.
In addition to the football amenities, the Coliseum also boasts a newly rebuilt and resurfaced track and field facility which was completed in 2009.
The stadium is named in honor of the late George S. and Dolores Eccles, whose foundation made a major contribution to the reconstruction project.