Halfway to history.
That milestone was celebrated Tuesday as CSU and the team building the on-campus stadium came together to toast the halfway point of the historic project. The “topping-out” event – meant to mark the placement of the structure’s final beam – included remarks from CSU President Tony Frank, Athletics Director Joe Parker and Maja Rosenquist, senior vice president and general manager of Mortenson Construction.
Construction workers and a group of CSU’s most ardent supporters attended the event and luncheon, marveling at progress made on the stadium, set to open in September 2017. Much of the stadium’s exterior has been completed even though ground was broken less than a year ago.
“The thing about this project that I’m so proud of is that this facility symbolizes Colorado State University,” Frank said, thanking everyone who has worked on the stadium. “This is a university that holds itself accountable for excellence. This stadium really symbolizes that. Thanks for allowing us to, within a year from now, say to our football team, ‘Welcome home.’ ”
When the $220 million project is complete, CSU will have an on-campus stadium for the first time in nearly 50 years. The project includes the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center, an academic center where the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) will be housed, and room for 41,000 fans.
“What a transformational moment it will be to bring football back to campus,” Parker said.