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Old 03-27-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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I grew up a CU Buffs fan (I do root for CSU as well) and I have gone to Ft. Collins quite a few times when I was able to get out of Estes Park for a day on the weekends. I finally drove to Hughes from the west side of campus and it really hit me why people don't attend CSU home games as well as CU fans do.

Ft. Collins will be able to handle the game traffic better due to more roads around campus plus that new MAX bus line is opening in May as well. This would be a great way to revitalize Ft. Collins since I thought it looked more older and run down compared to Boulder and Denver.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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Building a stadium is an ego trip by the athletic department. It is such a transparent money grab that it is laughable. Now they want to put a few classrooms in the building so they can get money from the general fund, since no way will they ever raise enough to build it through donations.

The justification that if they have a nice football stadium they will have better teams, and will attract more students is a joke. Here is a great example: Ask yourself if you would be any more likely to send your kid to Fresno State because of their football team. They are 11-1 and have had good teams for years. Do you have any idea what their stadium looks like? Of course not. Would you push to send your kid to Fresno State because they are 11-1? Of course not.

Stadium projects like this are never built for their initial cost, have huge ongoing maintenance costs, and do nothing but enrich the construction concerns and put the coaches into nicer offices. In the case of CSU, there is no way it will be built without general funding from the university.

GO back and read the news stories when Hughes was built. I guarantee they were saying the EXACT same thing about that one when it was built.
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I suggest you read that article. CSU would either have no football team or be placed in a lessor athletic conference than their local rivals such as Air Force and Wyoming. They would be the same as UNC in Greeley in the Big Sky Conference. It would have hurt CSU's academic reputation over the long run. Athletics do matter more to a school's ability to raise money than you would expect.

It was the ego trip of President Dr. Morgan that put Hughes in the foothills instead of on campus. With CSU projected to go to 45K students in the next decade and the need for more academic buildings, the time is now to build a new stadium before it is too late.

If the football team continues to play at Hughes, they are already looking at a $30M plus retrofit cost which will not improve the exprience of CSU games. Hughes is very much like Cal's Memorial Stadium and Cal is in trouble right now since they spent $321M to retrofit a stadium two times the capacity of Hughes so one has to question whether the $30M cost is more closer to $100M. If Hughes was on campus, I don't think CSU would have neglected that stadium like they apparently did.

A new CSU stadium will bring in new events that would have not gone to Hughes.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:03 PM
 
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GO back and read the news stories when Hughes was built. I guarantee they were saying the EXACT same thing about that one when it was built.
Actually I did, and they weren't.

The stadium will add much to the campus and bring in more fans and their money. Compare a game day in The Fort to one in Boulder...bands marching through campus, families taking their young kids back to their old school, tailgating...its all good. For the most part, those objecting don't understand the subjective and intangible nature of college sports, especially football.
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