President Frank to present four stadium options to Board of Governors

Colorado State University President Anthony (Tony) A. Frank.March 28, 2014.CSU President Tony Frank will ask the CSU System Board of Governors at its October meeting for time to examine four options for providing an appropriate stadium venue for the football program and other campus activities.

CSU has been exploring since early 2012 whether it is feasible to build a new on-campus stadium to replace the nearly 50-year-old Hughes Stadium. Frank outlined his thinking about the stadium, the status of fundraising efforts and the path forward in a message to campus.

“I believe we have the information needed to carefully consider the options currently available to us, make the decision we believe is in the best long term interests of our university, and move forward with the implementation of that option,” Frank wrote.

The four options Frank outlined in the letter include two scenarios for staying at Hughes Stadium and two scenarios for building a new on-campus stadium. Pending Board approval, Frank will ask two committees – one with community leaders and another with campus representatives, including faculty, staff and students – to evaluate those options over a two-month period and with a very specific lens.

“For each of these options, careful fiscal and programmatic comparisons need to be made, and I can tell you – all other factors notwithstanding – the issue that will be foremost on my mind will be minimizing impact on the university’s general fund,” he wrote.

Frank will present further details about the four options at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Board of Governors’ regular meeting in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. The Board will take public comment beginning around 4 p.m.