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U of U spends $35,000 on water fountains for stadium in wake of fan complaints
September 27, 2014, 2:26 am
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SALT LAKE CITY – About three weeks after facing social media backlash about the amount of available water fountains at Rice Eccles Stadium, the University of Utah spent $35,000 to install new, improved water fountains at the facility.

The social media response was partly due to photos that showed vendors’ drink carts or other items blocking access to water fountains and from complaints from fans who felt they missed much of the game while waiting to get water in the heat, click here for FOX 13 News’ previous coverage of the issue.

Mark Burk, Director of Stadium and Arena Event Services, spoke about their improvements, which include large banners directing people to the new filling stations. The water fountains were installed Thursday in anticipation of Saturday’s game.

“We’ve expanded our capacity from eight drinking fountains, single drinking fountains, to 24 locations, and 12 of those have water…

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