A: The meeting is open to the public and set to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lory Student Center East Ballroom. Be sure to get there a few minutes early; these meetings are often well-attended and seats fill up fast.
Q: What can attendees expect to happen?
A: After CSU announced its establishment in February, the Stadium Advisory Committee got to work gathering public input and preparing a feasibility study on whether the university should erect an on-campus football stadium, where it would build it and how it would be funded. Private donors have said they will foot the bill for the proposed $246 million, 43,500-seat stadium that would be located off Lake Street.
The SAC will on Thursday give CSU President Tony Frank this report, which contains architectural renderings, and fundraising and naming opportunities, among a slew of other details.
It will also include information about what the university could do with historic Hughes Stadium, located about three miles west of campus, in the wake of Frank's decision - whether that means moving forward with the on-campus stadium or not. A university spokesman told the Coloradoan previously that information about Hughes would be included in an "addendum" in the report and said there wouldn't be a formal presentation about the future of Hughes.
Q: Will the Stadium Advisory Committee make a recommendation on Thursday?
A: No. While it appeared initially that the committee's duties included making a recommendation to Frank, officials previously told the Coloradoan its members would do no such thing. Instead, the SAC will hand over the feasibility study to Frank, who will make the ultimate decision no sooner than the start of the fall semester, he has said. While there's no set deadline, Frank told attendees of a public input session last week that he'd prefer to make the decision sooner, rather than later.
Q: Will members of the public be allowed to speak or ask questions of members of the Stadium Advisory Committee at Thursday's meeting?
A: A group is scheduled to convene today to discuss how the meeting will be run. While questions regarding such things as the length of the feasibility report and protocol for public commentary weren't available Monday, a university spokesman said Thursday's will likely mimic past SAC meetings - at these, members of the public were allowed to ask a few questions. Since its inception, the SAC has hosted public forums and gathered input from alumni, students and city residents through surveys. Frank last week spent nearly four hours listening to and answering questions of people on all sides of the debate.
Q: If I can't attend Thursday's meeting, can I review the discussed information elsewhere?
A: The answer to this question wasn't available Monday but, to-date, the committee has posted information presented in its meetings on its website, www.colostate.edu/stadium.
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