Utah Athletics and America First Credit Union Announce Naming Rights Agreement for On-Campus Ballpark

Multi-year partnership will name Utes’ on-campus home America First Ballpark

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY—The University of Utah Athletics Department and America First Credit Union today announced a multi-year partnership to name the Utah baseball program’s future on-campus home America First Ballpark.

The 10-year naming rights agreement comes as part of the fundraising drive that began in the spring of 2023 after the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees granted contingency approval for the construction of an on-campus ballpark to be located on the site of the current Utah Baseball practice field on Guardsman Way. It is expected to open in 2025.

“We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous partnership between America First Credit Union and Utah Athletics,” said Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics. “This generous investment by AFCU to name our on-campus baseball stadium is another demonstration of their strong commitment to supporting our student-athletes and our athletics programs, and an illustration of the excitement around bringing Utah Baseball back to campus. It further extends AFCU’s ongoing support of not only Utah Athletics but the entire University of Utah community. These types of partnerships elevate each organization, and we are extremely grateful. America First Ballpark will be a shared community asset.”

Plans call for a 1,200-seat ballpark with fan amenities including concessions, restrooms, ticket office and merchandise sales, as well as facilities for the Utah baseball program, including locker rooms, coaches’ offices, medical space, equipment storage and indoor batting/pitching cages. The total project is expected to cost $35 million, with the majority of the funding privately raised.

“America First is grateful for our continued and expanded relationship with Utah Athletics as their official credit union and now naming rights partner for the new baseball stadium,” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Marketing and Strategic Engagement Officer at America First. “We believe our two organizations are hitting a home run in creating meaningful experiences for the community and helping our athletes and members alike build a bright financial future one inning at a time.”

America First Credit Union has been a long-term partner of Utah Athletics, and has established a strong commitment to enhancing and improving the communities in which it has a presence. AFCU continues to provide integral support to Utah Athletics’ “Utes With Wings” program, which supports scholarships, facilities and programs for the Utes’ women’s sports teams, while also being a prominent contributor in creating meaningful opportunities for Utah’s student-athletes to benefit from Name, Image and Likeness activity. AFCU also introduced the official Utah Athletics-branded Visa debit card in August, allowing cardholders to show off their Utah Utes pride with every purchase they make.

The design phase of America First Ballpark is underway, and construction is expected to begin this winter. The Utes will continue to play their home games at Smith’s Ballpark in downtown Salt Lake City for the 2024 season, with the intention of moving to America First Ballpark in time for the 2025 season.

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Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.


Paul Kirk
Utah Athletics

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union