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CSU Schedules Public Forums on the Proposed On-Campus Stadium

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
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It’s become a very controversial issue in a very short time.   Should CSU build a new on campus stadium and if so, where?  There are supporters of a new stadium and there supporters of keeping  Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.  Colorado State has announced series of 10 public forums to collect  input regarding the proposed on-campus stadium. Registration is required!

CSU President Tony Frank has created a Stadium Advisory Committee, chaired by Vice President for University Operations Amy Parsons and Athletic Director Jack Graham, which held its first meeting February 3rd . The committee must prepare a report by the end of the semester on whether the university should pursue an on-campus stadium, as well as specifics about where it could be built and how it would be funded.

According to a press release from Colorado State University: Dr. Frank said any recommendations on a stadium must fall within the following parameters:

• CSU won’t consider putting the stadium on existing open green space, including the intramural fields.

• CSU won’t consider putting the stadium in front of significant existing view sheds so as to protect views of the mountains.

• All recommendations from the Advisory Committee must take into serious account any impact on neighbors in areas adjacent or near a new stadium.

• State appropriation, tuition, fees or taxes will not be considered as funding sources for a stadium project.

Dates, times and locations for public forums

• Thursday February 23 from 4:15-6:15 p.m. in the Cherokee Room in the Lory Student Center

• Thursday February 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Cherokee Room in the Lory Student Center

• Monday February 27 from 4:15-6:15 p.m. in the Cherokee Room in the Lory Student Center

• Monday February 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Cherokee Room in the Lory Student Center

• Saturday March 3 from 9-11 a.m. in the West Ballroom in the Lory Student Center

• Saturday March 3 from noon-2 p.m. in the West Ballroom in the Lory Student Center

• Tuesday March 6 from 4:15-6:15 p.m. in the West Ballroom in the Lory Student Center

• Tuesday March 6 from 7-9 p.m. in the West Ballroom in the Lory Student Center

• Wednesday March 7 from 4:15-6:15 p.m. at the Drake Centre on 802 West Drake Road

• Wednesday March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Drake Centre on 802 West Drake Road

Parking on all A lots and metered lots on CSU campus, including the lots just north of the Lory Student Center, is free starting at 4 p.m.

Walk-ups will be seated only if space is available. Participants can RSVP HERE or by calling the CSU Communication Studies department (which houses the CPD) at 970-491-6140.

A second phase of forums may be announced in late March or April.

Information about the public engagement process will be posted on the Center for Public Deliberation website and the stadium website.

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