CSU athletic director says on-campus stadium 'going to happen'

8:18 PM, Jan 4, 2012   |    comments
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Winds on Saturday higher than 70 mph knocked down a light pole onto seats at Hughes Stadium, even as Graham says planning for a new on-campus stadium is underway.

"A new stadium is going to happen. This is not a 'maybe it's going to happen' kind of a conversation. We are actively moving toward the construction of a stadium on our campus and it is going to happen," Graham said.

Even before a pole fell off the roof and crashed into stadium seating on Saturday, Graham had been talking about his vision for an on-campus stadium.

He said on Wednesday the cost would be between $100 and 200 million. The university will be asking its alumni for donations and will rely upon private funding - not money from Colorado taxpayers - to finance the new stadium.

A location isn't chosen yet and a myriad of details need to be worked out. Graham promises to "engage the community" when deciding on a site.

For now, Hughes Stadium is still the home of Rams football.

CSU Facilities Management Director Steve Hultin says fans shouldn't be concerned about the five other light poles around the field.
"The preliminary evaluation for the other 5 is we have no concerns right now," Hultin said.

Plans are to remove the light pole from the stadium Thursday morning.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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