Showcase in the Rockies
First Game: September 28, 1968, Colorado State 12, North Texas 17.
First Victory: The Rams beat Wichita State 50-21 in their first game during their 1969 campaign.
Night Moves at Hughes Stadium: The Rams have played two night games in Hughes stadium history. Colorado State lost the first night contest, October 31, 1991 ro Brigham Young, 40-17. The game was carried nationally on ESPN as a special Thursday night game. Last season, Colorado State played host to Wyoming in another ESPN telecast in Nov. 5. With the third largest crowd in school history looking on, the Rams continued their march to the WAC title with a 35-24 win, scoring 28 unanswered points after trailing 24-7.
Attendance: Since the opening of Hughes Stadium, more than three million people have come to the stadium and watched Ram Football.
Consecutive Home Wins: 8 starting on October 21, 1989 with a victory over Hawaii and lasting through August 31, 1991 when Colorado State beat Arkansas State at Hughes Stadium.
TV Coverage: Three times in the past two seasons, national networks originated games from Hughes Stadium. A year ago, "The Deuce" - ESPN2, provided live coverage of the Rams' WAC battle with Brigham Young. In 1994, the Rams' game with Utah was televised by ABC-TV. Plans call for additional telecast in 1995, as well. Selected Colorado State home games are also shown live by Prime Sports, providing the entire Rams' program with unmatched local, regional, and national coverage.
Winning Seasons at Hughes Stadium: The Colorado State Rams have had 15 winning seasons in their 28 years at Hughes Stadium. The Rams' best year at home was 1990 when the team went 6-0 in Hughes.
In perhaps the most critical development regarding athletics at Colorado State in the last three decades, the school is in the midst of a facility renovation that assures quality and competitiveness as the university moves into the 21st century
Upon his arrival in Fort Collins two years ago, director of Athletics Tom Jurich quickly realized the importance of a major facelift for the Rams' facilities. With tremendous support from the university administration including Dr. Albert Yates, the school's president, Jurich engineered a fund drive to support the much-needed renovation.
Yates and Jurich formally announced the campaign to generate financial support for the facilities upgrade in December of 1994 as Colorado State prepared for the team;s first-ever visit to the Holiday Bowl. Just 18 months later, with the cooperative efforts of campus leaders and booster support stretching nationwide, the facility renovation is now in full motion.
The renovation began last spring, and at the conclusion, will provide Colorado State student-athletes, coaches and staff, booster and fans with state of the art facilities.
Jurich also said the facilities plan includes renovation plans for Hughes Stadium. The Rams' 30,000-seat football facility opened in 1968. Jurich said plans call for upgraded service areas and seating upgrades.
Source: Colorado State University Sports Information Office
Hughes Stadium is the off-campus football stadium serving Colorado State University. The expansion and renovation of Hughes Stadium was a multi-phased project to expand and upgrade the stadium's seating areas, provide a new video board and sound system, as well as replace the natural grass field with new state-of-the-art synthetic turf.
Initial construction enclosed the north bowl of the stadium with 4,300 new bleacher seats and provided a new video scoreboard and renovated sound system in the south end zone. Phase two included installing new concrete pier foundations and precast concrete structure. Phase-three work demolished the existing club and press structure, leaving only the original floor, steel frame and elevator shaft. The steel structure was then expanded by 20,000 sq ft for enlarged club seating, 12 suites, two lounges and eight restrooms. The increased space provides club seating for 420 spectators and the 12 luxury suites seat 230. Phase four consisted of interior finish work, including new central heating and air conditioning. Each construction phase intricately was sequenced during the off-season, maintaining all football schedules and providing full access to game-day activities for more than 30,000 fans. Design elements and improvements to the stadium also included two new two-story lounges constructed on the west side with views of the foothills; two new elevators for spectators; and renovation of the existing elevator for use by the press, coaches and stadium service personnel.
Improvements include a complete fire sprinkler and alarm system; fiber-optic and wireless connections for spectators, the press and coaches; and a broadcast cabling system for television and replay.
The design creates a modern, high-tech aesthetic, with materials and colors providing a strong architectural counterpoint to the concrete structural expression of the original stadium. Exterior faŤade treatments included smooth metal panels with corrugated metal and fiberglass accents. The windows, storefront and curtain wall are reflective with dark glazing and low-e coating to reduce heat gain and glare. Lobbies have tile and stained concrete floor coverings with engraved slate accent walls. The suite seating has partial glass divider walls for improved sight lines, while suite lounge areas have full walls for privacy.
Other finish items include pecan cabinets and woodwork with solid surface countertops; a sound and video system throughout the club level, including 72 new television monitors; and new furniture for the suites, lounges and press areas.
COLORADO STATE SWITCHES FROM PEPSI TO COKE
June 9, 2011
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Colorado Springs, Colo. - Colorado State University officials have announced a 10-year
partnership with Coca-Cola Refreshments, giving the company exclusive rights as the university's beverage provider on the Fort Collins campus, according to The Coloradan. CSU had served Pepsi.
CSU said the contract is worth $5.2 million over the next 10 years, and of that more than $100,000 annually will go directly to scholarships.
As part of the deal, CSU will have the opportunity to become the first college campus in Colorado to install the Coca-Cola Freestyle touch-screen 125-flavor soda dispensing machine. The Freestyle uses micro dispensing technology, 100 percent recyclable cartridges and radio technology that notifies the distributor when more supplies are needed, the university said.
And for beverage vending throughout the CSU campus, Coca-Cola has agreed to install either RamCash (campus debit cards) or credit card readers on the more than 175 vending machines, allowing customers to purchasing beverages without having to use cash. Commissions from vending sales will support programs in Student Affairs and Athletics, the newspaper said.
A portion of the annual funds also will be invested directly in academic programming for the Beverage Management Institute in CSU's College of Business, a newly planned program designed to establish the preeminent program of beverage operations and management education, training and re-search in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Coca-Cola partnership also provides for additional, significant noncash investments at CSU, including marketing opportunities, merchandising, new menu boards and equipment at Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena, and new recycle bins for campus.
Top executives and subject-matter experts from Coca-Cola also will visit campus to further CSU academic programs. Additionally, Coca-Cola has agreed to provide product to the university, particularly to the Athletics and Student Affairs departments.
As part of the partnership, Coca-Cola will be a Premier Corporate Level Sponsor for CSU athletics, providing Coke sideline rights for sports beverages, coolers, cups and towels, The Coloradan said.
NEW CSU AD WANTS STADIUM
December 8, 2011
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Fort Collins, Colo. - New Colorado State University athletic director Jack Graham says a new
football stadium would be a "game changer" for the school, The Coloradoan said.
"I have a strong preference that this is more than just a football stadium," Graham said. "That it's a gathering place and a social experience and, even when football games aren't being played, that students can be at the stadium on plazas looking into the field and having a cup of coffee and studying some really nice landscaping.
"It's not just a steel box of a place, but it's actually an enhancement to the footprint and the architecture of the university. It should not be a detraction; it should very much be an enhancement."
Graham, who fired football coach Steve Fairchild and is in the midst of a national search for a replacement, said he hasn't yet had time to come up with the kind of "well-formulated and clearly articulated vision of the long-term success of CSU football and CSU athletics" that will be necessary to build the support he needs to get the stadium project off the ground.
But the willingness of school president Tony Frank and the CSU Board of Governors to support such a project, privately funded, he said, was a condition of him accepting the job as the school's athletic director. Frank, through a school spokesman, referred questions about an on-campus stadium to Graham.
There's no timeline yet, but Graham sees this project as something to pursue immediately.
COLORADO STATE PREPARES FOR STADIUM BIDDING
February 16, 2012
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Fort Collins, Colo. - Colorado State University is preparing to hire architects, engineers and
project managers to help design and oversee construction of an on-campus football stadium in Fort Collins, The Coloradan reported.
In a pair of advertisements, Colorado State University officials note the stadium is a "potential" project, and say anyone they hire will have to work though an extensive public process to design, site and build a 40,000-50,000-seat facility.
CSU President Tony Frank has said the university is working through a two-track process regarding the stadium: one track is examining whether a stadium could be built, and where, and another track to examine whether it's a good idea.
CSU officials said moving its losing football team to an on-campus replacement for the 32,500-seat Hughes Stadium west of campus will energize and engage students, alumni and the Fort Collins community. They say it will help recruit better players and coaches, and attract more out-of-state students and their tuition dollars.
In its request to hire an architecture/engineering firm, CSU asks for a firm to provide lead design services, including site selection, transportation, parking and cost estimates, along with "evaluating options for repurposing the existing stadium." In its request to hire a project management firm, university officials said they want a company with a track record of completing high-profile sports venues.
"The work will be developed through a highly collaborative and meeting-intensive process including diverse steering committees, with representation from the university, as well as the city of Fort Collins and Larimer County," CSU said in explaining how it wants to move forward.
Proposals are due to Mike Rush, the university architect, later this month.
CSU HIRES ICON TO CONSULT ON STADIUM
March 29, 2012
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Fort Collins, Colo. - CSU has hired a Denver-based consulting firm that worked on the Pepsi
Center and Sports Authority Field at Mile High to help advise university officials studying the merits of a football stadium on the Fort Collins campus.
The Coloradan said university officials said they retained ICON Venue Group to help with design, funding, site analysis and engagement. CSU officials are investigating whether they can and should build a 45,000-seat on-campus stadium, which President Tony Frank believes would help energize and engage students and alumni.
University spokesman Kyle Henley said the company's fee was still being negotiated and that the money would come from undisclosed private funds.
Denver-based ICON's portfolio includes 30 stadium and arena projects around the globe, including Colorado venues such as the Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1st Bank Center and Dick's Sporting Goods Park, CSU said in a statement.
In January, Frank created the Stadium Advisory Committee - a 15-member panel with representation from student, faculty, staff, alumni and community stakeholder groups - and asked members to provide a recommendation by the end of the semester on whether CSU should consider pursuing construction of a new stadium.
Stadium critics argue CSU should keep its focus on academics and should repair and upgrade the university's aging 32,500-seat Hughes Stadium west of the city.
In a lengthy email sent to the campus community, Frank urged students, faculty and staff to maintain a civil discussion about the stadium project.
"We are a university - a community of scholars dedicated to teaching and learning, discovery and creativity, application and our collective society's well-being," Frank wrote. "We are amazingly good at what we do. As important as athletics can be to our campus and student life - and I believe they are - they're not our reason for being, and we must never lose that perspective."
As part of the next step in the public input process, ICON will work in consultation with CPD and the Stadium Advisory Committee to create additional engagement opportunities.
April 12, 2012
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Architecture and design consultants are being paid nearly $349,000 to help CSU officials study and design a potential on-campus football stadium in Fort Collins, The Coloradan reported. Colorado State University announced it was hiring international architecture firm Populous to help site and design a potential stadium so a formal recommendation can be made to campus President Tony Frank later this year. Athletic Director Jack Graham argues that a new stadium on the campus will energize fans and students while helping the university build a more successful football program. A CSU spokesman said Populous will receive $139,000 for its work on the feasibility study. A separate consultant, ICON Venue Group, has been hired to help manage the siting, design and public input process. ICON is being paid $210,000 for its work on the feasibility study, the spokesman said. Both firms are being paid with private funds.