Utah Utes Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Craig Smith

Team Mascot: Swoop

Year Opened: 1969

Capacity: 15000

City / State: Salt Lake City / Utah

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Holy War

Rival Team: BYU Cougars

The rivalry between Utah and BYU is known as the Holy War, so you better believe there is a lot animosity between these two schools. The players have come to blows in recent years, and Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak even went so far as to cancel the 2016-17 matchup as a result. If you want to see a rivalry where emotions run high, then there are few better than Utah-BYU.

Old Oquirrh Bucket

Rival Team: Utah State, BYU, Weber State

From 1974 to 2010 Utah schools played for the Old Oquirrh Bucket. The trophy was awarded to the team with the best record against in-state opponents creating an intense rivalry between all of the Utah schools. Utah schools may no longer play for the Old Oquirrh Bucket, but there are still a lot of bragging rights on the line, so don’t miss it when a Utah-based school comes to the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Utah Utes Stadium Guide

In Game

Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center was the site of the famous 1979 national championship game between Larry Bird’s Indiana State and Magic Johnson’s Michigan State. You can still feel the magic in the air when you enter the arena making a trip to the Jon M. Huntsman Center a great experience for any college basketball game.

In addition to seeing a game where two basketball titans clashed in one of their biggest contests, you’ll experience a fun in-game atmosphere. The Mighty Utah Student Section, or MUSS, does an excellent job of getting behind their team. The Utah Pep Band also puts on an incredible show and helps set the tone with their music.

Additionally, U of U is located in Salt Lake City, so you’ll find lots of places to eat and things to do when visiting. The closest group of restaurants to campus features a variety of different choices ranging from pizza to Greek food, so you should be able to find something to eat no matter what you’re in the moo for.

The Jon M. Huntsman Center is a fun place to see a game thanks to the arena’s history as home to one of the most famous finals in NCAA basketball history and the excellent atmosphere provided by the MUSS.

Things to check out


The Utes have several banners hanging celebrating the biggest accomplishments and best players in Utah basketball history. The banners honor the 1944 national championship winning team and the 1998 runners-up, as well as Utes legends such as Keith Van Horn and Andrew Bogut.

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U of U Chop

Fans in the MUSS form a U with their hands and chop to the beat whenever the band plays a specific percussion song. Join in the tradition to spur on the Utes and show off your U of U pride.


Utah’s mascot is a red-tailed hawk named Swoop. You can see Swoop entertaining the crowd and getting into all kinds of shenanigans. Keep an eye out for Swoop when attending a Utes basketball game.

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The Mighty Utah Student Section (MUSS)

While many student sections in college basketball stand for the duration of the game and cheer loudly, The Muss is truly special in its traditions. The MUSS gets its name from school’s fight song and has been named one of the top five student sections in all of college sports. There is no better place to sit than in the MUSS if you want to show off your Utes pride.

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Pep Band

The Utah Pep Band creates a fantastic in-game atmosphere and is a big part of any Utes basketball game. The band is energetic throughout the game and is a can’t miss for anyone attending a Utah basketball game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Utah Man

    Utah’s primary fight song

    I am a Utah man, sir, and I live across the green.
    Our gang, it is the jolliest that you have ever seen.
    Our coeds are the fairest and each one’s a shining star.
    Our yell, you hear it ringing through the mountains near and far.

    Who am I, sir? A Utah man am I A Utah man,
    sir, and will be till I die; Ki!Yi!
    We’re up to snuff; we never bluff,
    We’re game for any fuss,
    No other gang of college men
    dare meet us in the muss.
    So fill your lungs and sing it out and
    shout it to the sky,
    We’ll fight for dear old Crimson,
    for a Utah man am I.

    And when we prom the avenue, all lined up in a row,
    And arm in arm and step in time as down the street we go.
    No matter if a freshman green, or in a senior’s gown,
    The people all admit we are the warmest gang in town.


    We may not live forever on this jolly good old sphere,
    But while we do we’ll live a life of merriment and cheer,
    And when our college days are o’er and night is drawing nigh,
    With parting breath we’ll sing that song:
    “A Utah Man Am I”.


Utah Utes Bars & Restaurants

  1. Bambara Salt Lake City

    Bambara Salt Lake City

    Inspired New American bistro serving seasonal fare, cocktails & fine wines in the hip Hotel Monaco.

    202 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  2. Tucanos Brazilian Grill

    lobster stainless steel containers

    Come to Tucanos Brazilian Grill, where a dining experience rich in flavor and heritage awaits you.

    162 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Market Street Grill – Downtown

    Market Grill Street

    Market Street Grill has been rated as Utah’s most popular seafood concept, providing exceptional service and award-winning menu selections.

    48 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  4. Takashi


    Japanese eatery & sushi bar featuring signature rolls & a big sake list in hip, contemporary digs.

    18 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$$

  5. New Yorker

    New Yorker

    Salt Lake City’s premier dining establishment, specializing in modern American cuisine featuring seasonal refined dishes and approachable comfort food enjoyed in a casually elegant setting with impeccable service.

    60 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  6. Cafe Rio

    Cafe Rio nachos

    Self-serve eatery dishing up Mexican classics including hand-rolled tortillas, burritos & tacos.

    532 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - mexican - $

  7. Lone Star Taqueria


    Buzzy joint serving signature fish tacos, burritos & beer in a funky setting with outdoor tables.

    2265 Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  8. The Dodo Restaurant

    The Dodo Restaurant

    Famously known for their desserts, which are made by their Pastry Chef Ramon, in The Dodo Bakery every day.

    1355 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  9. Olympian Restaurant

    The Olympian Restaurant

    Awesome place to get your classic comfort foods.

    2181 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Hires Big H

    Hires Big H burger

    Hires Big H is the gathering place for tasty food and cheerful service for friends and family from all walks of life.

    425 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  11. Nuch’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

    Nuchs Pizzeria pizza

    Compact pizzeria serving New York-style, thin-crust pizza along with pasta & homemade ricotta.

    2819 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84109, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  12. Tuscany


    Upscale Northern Italian eatery serving steaks & seafood in a romantic space with a tree-themed bar.

    2832 6200 S, Holladay, UT 84121, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  13. Cucina Toscana


    Trendy, bustling trattoria that pairs creative, upmarket Tuscan dishes with an extensive wine list.

    282 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  14. Christopher’s Prime Steak House & Grill

    Christopher burgers

    Revered venue offering aged beef, cocktails & popular fixed-price options in an elegant setting.

    110 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  15. Citris Grill

    Citris Grill

    Our menu features techniques and combinations born of the finest Italian and French approaches, balanced with truly American fare.

    3977 Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - italian - $$

  16. Himalayan Kitchen


    Traditional Nepali and Indian Cuisine is prepared daily with the freshest ingredients from scratch by dedicated Nepali chefs.

    360 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  17. Braza Grill

    Braza Grill

    Unpretentious all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse with a salad bar & meats carved tableside.

    5927 State St, Murray, UT 84107, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - steakhouse - $$

  18. Rodizio Grill

    Rodizio Grill

    Delve into our menu and savor the traditional flavors that our Brazilian steakhouse offers.

    600 S 700 E 2nd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - steakhouse - $$$

  19. Tonyburgers

    Tony Burgers

    Local chain doling out burgers, salads, fries & milkshakes in a modern, counter-serve setup.

    613 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  20. Midvale Mining Cafe

    Sundowners Family Restaurant Sandwich

    Long-running, family-owned cafe serving generous plates of comfort food & an all-day breakfast.

    390 W 7200 S, Midvale, UT 84047, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  21. TrioCafe Downtown

    Trio Dining

    Good price. Good atmosphere.

    680 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  22. Pat’s BBQ

    Pats BBQ

    Buzzy outfit serving slow-cooked BBQ & signature burnt ends in a simple space with live music.

    155 W Commonwealth Ave, South Salt Lake, UT 84115, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  23. Crown Burgers

    JD Allisons Bar & Grill Burger JRs HOmetown Grill & Pub Burger The Dotte Spot Bar & Grill Burger Jewels Delux Restaurant Burger

    Local fast-food chain serving signature pastrami-topped burgers, gyros & other Greek eats.

    377 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  24. Red Iguana

    Red Iguana

    Their recipes have always withstood the test of time.

    736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  25. Toasters


    All of Toasters sandwiches are made with fresh, locally sourced meats, breads and vegetables custom crafted to tickle your taste buds.

    151 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  26. Wing Coop

    wing coop

    Snug counter for chicken wings with a wide variety of flavored sauces, plus sides & beer.

    3971 Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, USA

    801 274-9464

    Bar website

    american - $$

  27. Moochie’s Meatballs & More

    Moochies Meatballs

    Authentic East Coast style sandwiches, salads and pasta with an Italian flair. Birch Beer on tap and Tastykakes too!

    232 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  28. Ruth’s Diner


    Historic diner in a trolley car serving American fare in a scenic locale with canyon views.

    4160 Emigration Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  29. Capo Gelateria

    Capo Gelateria

    Capo is dedicated to promoting the art of gelato-making through its production of authentic Italian gelato in small, concentrated batches.

    260 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    italian - cafe - $

  30. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

    Sette bello pizza beer

    Pizza Napoletana is made with a soft dough and takes about one minute to cook in a wood-burning oven. Because of this, Pizza Napoletana has several distinctive characteristics.

    260-262 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  31. Yanni’s Greek Express

    authentic greek

    One-stop shop for fresh Greek cuisine.

    2761 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  32. Gracie’s

    Gracies beer

    Gastropub serving American eats & cocktails in a buzzy space with live music, TVs & Downtown views.

    326 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  33. Fiddler’s Elbow

    Fiddlers Elbow

    Bustling sports bar with multiple pool tables, HDTVs, elevated pub grub & a rustic vibe.

    1063 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  34. The Bayou

    The bayou beer

    Buzzy eatery & bar offering Cajun-inspired fare & pub grub plus an extensive beer list & live music.

    645 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  35. Keys on Main

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Beer

    Bustling destination for dueling piano performances & inventive cocktails in a clubby space.

    242 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  36. Desert Edge Brewery At the Pub

    Desert Edge Brewery

    Laid-back, open late cafe & microbrewery serving light sandwich & salad fare along with beers.

    273 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  37. The Tavernacle Social Club

    Cocktails Limelight

    The Tavernacle Social Club has been Downtown Salt Lake City's most wild dueling piano show since 2002 and is still the craziest sing-a-long party in Utah.

    201 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  38. Red Rock Brewing Co

    Red Rock Brewing

    Lively brewpub offering beers & an array of New American fare in an industrial-chic setting.

    254 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  39. Poplar Street Pub

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    Laid-back bar & grill with a patio offering pizza, burgers & craft brews, plus Sunday brunch.

    242 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  40. Beerhive Pub

    The Spoke beer bottles

    Cozy pub with elegant, vintage decor that offers a wide range of craft beers & haute pub grub.

    128 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  41. Squatters Craft Beers

    Squatters Craft

    Flagship of a relaxed microbrewery chain crafting seasonal & year-round beers & eclectic pub grub.

    147 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  42. The Green Pig Pub

    Green Pig Pub

    TV-filled sports bar serving beers, cocktails & pub grub in a buzzy space with live music & trivia.

    31 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  43. Bohemian Brewery

    Bohemian Brewery

    From old central-European lagering traditions, to newer brew styles, there's a Bohemian Lager Beer with your name on it.

    94 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  44. Piper Down Bar

    Piper Down Pub

    Lively venue offering a diverse menu of pub grub, import drafts & cocktails, plus TVs & live music.

    1492 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  45. The Red Door

    Red Door

    Sleek, clubby martini bar with a long drink list, sophisticated urban atmosphere & a patio.

    57 200 S #102, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  46. The Pie Pizzeria

    Pie Pizzeria pizza

    The mixed aromas pick you up, swirling you past colorful murals and old brick walls dressed in graffiti.

    1320 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  47. Trolley Wing Company

    Trolley Wing Co

    Urban fixture with twice-baked wings & many sauces, plus a pool table, TVs showing sports & a patio.

    2148 South 900 East #5, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  48. The Other Place

    The Other Place

    Established, family-friendly Greek eatery serving breakfast & comfort food in large portions.

    469 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  49. B & D Burger

    BD Burger

    From their homemade zucchini fries to the premium meats they serve, they value quality and freshness as much as their customers.

    222 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  50. Barbacoa


    Mexican chain serving build-your-own tacos, burritos & nachos in a casual setting.

    859 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $