Work progressing on new CSU stadium, but critics remain


It is one of the biggest construction projects ever on the CSU campus, and 3-D renderings show the new football stadium now well-under construction.          

The stadium is designed to seat 36,000 spectators, but no matter how impressive those numbers are, there are some skeptics who wonder how will game-day parking and traffic be solved.        

But, the stadium project also has a lot of support and momentum at this point. By mid-November, Mortenson Construction says the walls of the west stands will be visible.

"We just started digging the hole on the 12th," said Matt Whitsett, Mortenson supervisor.

"It makes for busy days, but they're also very fun-filled days, too," said new CSU athletic director Joe Parker. Parker is currently focused on ticket sales and donations. The school currently has $25 million in donations for the project.

The entire stadium project is being funded by bonds that will be off-set by donations and future revenues.

“Game day presents a wonderful opportunity for us to shine a spotlight on the entire institution," said Parker.

Parker said there will be at least 6,000 designated parking spots on-campus on game days.

“We're being very, very thoughtful about impacts on the surrounding areas," he said.

“I think at the end of the day, everybody's going to really realize what a nice project this is and what it's going to bring to this campus," said Whitsett.

The field will sit about six feet below street level. CSU also launched a ‘buy a brick’ campaign last week. You can buy individual bricks and engrave them for as low as $125. They will be placed in the walkway on the north side of the stadium.


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