Mark Harlan Addresses Utah Fans With Updates On Utah Athletic Department, Student-Athletes

Mar 20, 2020, 11:05 AM

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This is a photo of Rice Eccles Stadium before the start of an college football game against the Utah Utes and Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mark Harlan has addressed University of Utah athletic fans in a public statement on social media. The University of Utah Athletic Director states that the “Utah Athletic Departement is navigating through unprecedented times, as our country and the world face the reality of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.”

Harlan informs us that all weight room facilities are currently closed on campus, as only key essential personnel are the ones on site currently. For those student-athletes that need post-surgery rehab, they are working with their team’s physicians to get rehab appropriately. Mental health coaches are working remotely “and their overall wellness is being tended to in any way possible.”

Update On Senior Student-Athletes

As much speculation circulates surrounding the future of those senior student-athletes that had their senior season cut short due to the coronavirus, Harlan told fans that regardless of what the NCAA decides, the University will have plans in place to celebrate them regardless.

“Their seasons are not ending the way they had planned, but we will appropriately commemorate their time as Utes and express our gratitude and respect for the way they represented the University of Utah.”

Ticket Refunds, Football Ticket Renewal Deadline Extended

The University of Utah is refunding any ticket that has been purchased but will not be able to be of any use during these difficult times. They have also extended the due date for fans to renew their 2020 football season tickets, the new due date is now May 13th.

“The Crimson Club and Ticket Office staffs continue to be available to serve you and answer questions. Development Officers are available by phone and email, and Ticket Office staff is available by email and text in order to assist with season ticket renewals and parking permits in preparation for the 2020 football season. Please refer to www.utahtickets.com for further information. Additionally, our sales staff for the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium continues to operate virtually in order to keep that important project in motion and on schedule for its 2021 opening.”

Rice Eccles Stadium South Endzone Project Update

Harlan also informed fans that the Ken Garff Performance Zone that is being built in the south endzone of Rice Eccles Stadium is still on pace to open in 2021.

“Our sales staff for the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium continues to operate virtually in order to keep that important project in motion and on schedule for its 2021 opening.”

Tom Hackett is a Utah Football and Real Salt Lake Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (SUBSCRIBE). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.

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Mark Harlan Addresses Utah Fans With Updates On Utah Athletic Department, Student-Athletes