Should CSU build an on-campus stadium?

FORT COLLINS – Despite what the university is referring to as "record fundraising," a new survey conducted by 9NEWS sister publication the Fort Collins Coloradoan shows that a majority of respondents don't believe that Colorado State University needs an on-campus stadium.

Just over 59 percent of respondents said they didn't support the proposal, compared to about 37 percent who support the plan.

The current stadium, Hughes, opened in 1968. CSU says it will take $30 million in maintenance and repairs over the next 10 years for it to remain usable.

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"The main reason people were for [the on-campus stadium] was a better game day experience," Coloradoan sports columnist Matt Stephens said. "The biggest reason people were against the stadium was just the hassle of getting there on game days."

The proposed on-campus stadium is expected to cost $254 million. To gain approval for the project from the CSU Board of Governors, $110 million of the total cost needs to come from private donations. CSU President Tony Frank told the Board in April that $40 million had been raised as of Jan. 28.

If the $110 million in private money isn't raised by the October 2014 deadline, Frank can ask the board for an extension if the fundraising is showing progress.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan will have the full results of its survey into community perception of the stadium project in Sunday's paper.

You can check out the results of the poll online here:

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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