Cheer on the Rams at Canvas Stadium football home opener this weekend

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Cheer on the Rams this weekend as Colorado State University kicks off the 2018 college football season Saturday, Aug. 25, at Canvas Stadium.

After receiving diagnosis and treatment for what has been described as peripheral neuropathy, Rams coach Mike Bobo returned to the team last Tuesday night, and is expected to be leading the team at Canvas Stadium as they take on the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The CSU home opener is also the first game of the NCAA season. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m.

Purchase tickets for home opener

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling (800) 491-RAMS (7267). Student Tickets can be claimed here. For more information about the game day experience at the new on-campus Canvas Stadium, visit the game day website or read the 2018 Football Fan Guide.

This Saturday’s home opener is Bike to the Game Day and Denver Day. The Rams are offering ticket packages for Denver-area fans, alumni and friends. For more information and an itinerary for Bike to the Game Day, visit the website.


Student repark begins the evening before the game, Friday, Aug. 24,  4 p.m.–midnight. Students should move their vehicles from residence hall lots to lots designated on this map.

All other campus permitted and metered parking spaces, including lots, garages and street parking used by faculty, staff and guests, should be cleared by 10 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 24. Please remove your vehicles by that time.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, game day, traffic patterns will be set to allow only inbound traffic onto campus for those with a ticket and game-day parking pass starting at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone without a game-day parking permit issued by Athletics or a special university game-day parking pass will not be allowed access onto campus during this time. The traffic pattern will reverse to allow only outbound traffic during the third period of the game, as conditions allow, and inbound traffic will not be allowed. This pattern will be in place for approximately an hour after the conclusion of the game.

Faculty and staff who are not attending the football game but must report to campus to work should request a game day working permit through their supervisor or department head.

Guerrilla Fanfare

Stadium Sessions Aug. 24 & 25

Colorado State University will host another exciting season of Stadium Sessions, free, live outdoor performances by top Colorado bands before every home football game this fall.

Every Friday night before a Saturday home game, a Colorado band will perform at the New Belgium Porch at Canvas Stadium between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Then two different acts will take the stage before the game on Saturdays as part of the new Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate north of the stadium.

The Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate, near the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Hughes Way, will open to the public four hours before kickoff, offering not only the Stadium Sessions performances but also games on TV and food, beer and wine for purchase. The Tailgate is hosted by the CSU Alumni Association, Athletics, and Division of External Relations, in partnership with the Bohemian Foundation and High Country Beverage.

The first Football Friday performance will feature Lois and the Lantern on Aug. 24, followed by Emma Marie and Guerrilla Fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 25, before the Rams take on Hawaii.

Enhanced game-day experience

CSU elevated the game-day experience to new heights last year with the addition of live music to celebrate the return of football to campus with the opening of the new stadium.

“We are excited about the changes we’ve made based on what we learned in the inaugural year of Stadium Sessions,” said Tom Milligan, vice president for external relations. “Game day is about so much more than football now. We’re attracting a really high level of talent for these live performances, thanks to support from our friends at the Bohemian Foundation.”

All Stadium Sessions performances are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of bands and start times will be posted at

Coors Light Ram Walk tailgate

Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate

CSU will offer a significant fan-experience enhancement in 2018 with the addition of the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate, located just north of Canvas Stadium, before every home football game. The free tailgate, hosted by the CSU Alumni Association, Athletics and the Division of External Relations, is presented in partnership with High Country Beverage, Coors Light and the Bohemian Foundation, and offers Stadium Sessions performances, TV, and food, beer and wine for purchase.

Located at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Hughes Way, just steps from Canvas Stadium’s north gates, the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate opens four hours before kickoff of each Colorado State home football game. Approximately two hours before each game the Rams football team passes by the tailgate on its Ram Walk march down Meridian Avenue to enter the stadium, led by the CSU marching band and cheer and pom squads.

Purchase season tickets and mini-plans here.