KUSA - At a meeting Monday night in Fort Collins, with members from Colorado State and the community, attendees were informed CSU's Stadium Project may need to be slowed down. The target date for a Fall 2016 opening may be pushed back by a year.

CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham was traveling and not present at the Community Design Development Advisory Committee meeting, however he told 9News the information was accurate and a result of design deadlines, not fundraising.

Graham gave the following reasons for the potential setback:

1. The design process has been delayed, which in turn has compressed the timeline to complete the Design Development Phase by a deadline of July 1st. Graham says at this point to hit a target date of July 1st, the quality of the design would be compromised. He told Susie Wargin "I'm still looking for ways to solve this, but I am not optimistic."

2. Once the Design Development phase is completed, the University needs to move forward with construction drawings. To meet a Fall 2016 completion date, the construction drawings need to be done in time to permit contractor "site work" in October/November. Because the Design Development deadline will likely not be met, the construction drawings will not be started in time for the site work deadline.

Graham says in spite of what will likely be a Fall 2017 date for the stadium opening, he is still proceeding with no change in fundraising efforts for the project.

"I want the Capital Campaign completed by October of this year, (which was) the original timeframe," Graham said. "The faster we get the Capital Campaign successfully completed, the sooner we can get started."

The meeting on Monday was the fourth of its kind this year and is an effort to bring members of the community into discussions with members of the University. The purpose is to let the community contribute to the design and address topics such as noise mitigation, lighting pollution, etc.

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