FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado State University is expected to learn the fate of a new stadium on campus by October.
Four committees studying the proposal to build a new $250 million stadium gave their recommendation at a meeting Thursday evening at the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus.
All four committees said it is feasible to build a new stadium. The study found the existing roads can support the traffic, the noise would be dampened by the stadium construction and the current parking situation can handle an expected 7,800+ cars during home games.
Right now Hughes Stadium lies at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about two miles west of the main campus. There is a debate over the future of that stadium.
There was mixed reaction at Thursday’s meeting.
“I want to say that the issue gets strung down into a football thing. I don’t believe it’s a football thing at all. I believe it’s a university thing and it’s definitely a window into the university. Like it or not, athletics and football are part of the university life and if you support it the entire university will be supported,” said new stadium supporter Mark Wolfe.
“The number one word we hear is waste. It’s a waste, it doesn’t make sense, we’re a fairly humble community. We don’t see that a building that’s only used six times a year needs to be scrapped and replaced with another building that potentially is only going to be used six times a year,” new stadium opponent Deb James.
The CSU President Tony Frank said he will make a decision before the October meeting of the Board of Governors.