CSU’s cannon returns home after 6-week facelift in Englewood

CSU’s cannon Comatose is back home and looking like new – which is pretty amazing when you consider the iconic piece forged during World War I is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Comatose is once again in place at Canvas Stadium after getting a six-week facelift at Mile High Powder Coating in Englewood. Lt. Col. Troy Thomas, commander of CSU’s Army ROTC unit, oversaw the successful test-firing Friday and marveled at the transformation of the century-old cannon.

“It is every bit as beautiful as anything I’ve seen in a museum,” Thomas said while admiring the gleaming paint job and polished brass.

The cannon will be ready to fire Aug. 25 when the Rams host Hawaii in the season-opening football game, renewing a CSU tradition that began in 1920.