Utah, meaning "top of the mountains," where Rice-Eccles stadium resides at 4,657 feet above sea level, will give the Utes an elevation edge against their PAC-12 sea-level opponents. This photo, taken off the top backside of the stadium, shows the U up on the hill and mountains behind.
Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium stands at 4,657 feet above sea level, the highest elevation for a playing field in the Pac-12 conference (save for Colorado's Folsom Field which stands at 5,360 feet above sea level). It will provide an exceptional home-field advantage for the Utes in their new conference.
The majority of Mountain West teams that Utah played each year previously, were also situated in similar elevation levels. The teams were used to playing at that height and were not affected when they came to Salt Lake City. However, now, most Pac-12 teams will not be used to playing at that elevation, as they are located close to sea level for the most part, especially in Utah's South Division. It will give the Utes a competitive edge to start games and throughout both halves of play as their conference foes come into Rice-Eccles to take on the Utes.
Utah's upcoming South Division opponents, besides Colorado (mentioned above), are accustomed to playing at elevation levels of 330 feet (USC's Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum), 864 feet (UCLA's Rose Bowl in Pasadena), 1,200 feet (Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe), and 2,430 feet (Arizona's Arizona Stadium in Tucson).