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Colorado State University: Save Hughes Stadium! No new on-campus stadium!

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Express your support for the continued use of CSU’s Hughes Stadium and to oppose the building of a new on-campus stadium.

CSU’s new athletic director, Jack Graham, is promoting the benefits of an on-campus stadium as a means to energize fans and unite students, alumni and Fort Collins residents. We believe this is a questionable assertion and suggest that the same benefits can be found by enhancing and promoting our existing Hughes Stadium. He has also projected new revenues of 1-1.5 million dollars for the city of Fort Collins on game days. This assertion needs to be based on a regional economic report rather than conjecture, and contrasted with present revenues.

We have a stadium in a unique and stunning location next to Horsetooth Reservoir, with lots of parking, great tailgating, and open space with miles of trails. We want to maintain and expand upon the Ram tradition under the “A”. We could add RV hookups, play structures and picnic areas; build bike paths connected to the existing trail system; add facilities for other athletic venues that reflect the wide variety and talent of athletics in Fort Collins. Facilities could include a new outdoor rodeo arena to complement the indoor rodeo at the Equestrian Center, a velodrome for cyclists, a venue for bigger track and field meets, and outdoor markets could be centered at Hughes.

Fort Collins is a small city of 145,000 people. A 50,000-seat stadium built in the heart of town will not be filled primarily by people walking from their dormitories or homes. Event goers will be driving through mid-town, along one of the busiest streets in the state (College Avenue) and increasing congestion in the most trafficked intersections in the city (College and Prospect/ College and Drake). Multiple trains coming through town each day parallel to the main street would further contribute to congestion and could lead to serious consequences as ambulances and fire trucks would find the streets inaccessible. The impact on city services includes costs such as road repair, water resources and police. These services do not come free of charge, so costs will be passed on to residents, students and football fans.
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