CSU board votes to go ahead with new on-campus stadium

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Plans for a new, on-campus stadium at Colorado State University received the green-light Thursday. 

The CSU Board of Governors voted in favor of school president Tony Frank’s recommendation to raise private money for at least half the cost of the proposed $246 million stadium.

The vote came after a public-input session from students and Fort Collins residents, in which the majority of comments were opposed to the stadium.  “If you want to build our enrollment,” says student Clancy Jandreau, “You should build our enrollment as one of the greatest research institutions in this nation.”

The current 40-year-old Hughes Stadium sits off campus. The new stadium would be built where the Plant Environmental Research Center, or P.E.R.C., currently stands.

This week is Homecoming week for CSU, where reaction on campus was cautious.  “I think it’s a good idea if they don’t raise tuition, but if they do, I think it’s a bad idea,” says freshman Nicole Arellano.  

The progress of fundraising during the next two years  will dictate a timetable for groundbreaking on the new stadium.

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