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Rice-Eccles Stadium to host state championship games

High school football is heading to Rice-Eccles Stadium! During the month of November, the University of Utah will host 4A, 5A and 6A games for the 2023 Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) football championships. Games will be held on two consecutive weekends. Learn more about the 2023 UHSAA games here.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, the stadium will host the semifinal games for the three divisions. Championship games will be held at the stadium on Nov. 17. Campus will likely see traffic congestion during the crossover times, approximately 45 minutes before and after each game. Game start times are listed below. Tickets to attend the games can be purchased here.

As the campus prepares for this statewide event, everyone needs to be aware of potential parking and transportation impacts and to make the necessary adjustments.

Thursday, Nov. 9 | Semifinal games

  • 11 a.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. (estimated end time is 8:30 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 10 | Semifinal games

  • 11 a.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. (estimated end time is 8:30 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 17 | Championship games

  • 11 a.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. (estimated end time is 8:30 p.m.)

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Impacted parking lots

  • Rice-Eccles, lot 1, west of the stadium
  • Rice-Eccles, lot 9, east of the stadium
  • Guardsman Way, lot 40
  • LDS Garage, lot 15
  • LDS Institute, lot 19, surface lot

The school districts and Stadium & Arena Event Services continue to encourage attendees to utilize TRAX, FrontRunner and UTA buses whenever possible.

Parking alternatives for campus

  • Merrill Engineering, lot 39
  • Eccles Broadcast, lot 27
  • Shoreline Ridge Garage, lot 81


Roadway impacts

The far north, westbound, lane along 500 North from Guardsman Way to University Street, will be closed to through traffic. The lane will be utilized by school buses for pick up and drop off.

Why the U hosts these games

Hosting the UHSAA High School Football Championships at Rice-Eccles Stadium brings a multitude of positive benefits to the U and the surrounding communities. Our prestigious venue not only showcases the university's commitment to supporting high school athletics but also fosters a strong sense of community involvement and school spirit.

It also bolsters the local economy by attracting visitors to the area, including students, parents and sports enthusiasts, who contribute to increased business for nearby hotels, restaurants and shops. The event also encourages young athletes to strive for excellence and provides an invaluable opportunity for them to experience playing on a college-level field, fostering dreams of higher education and future athletic success.