A decades-long relationship between Colorado State University and the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies will be taken to another level when CSU’s on-campus stadium opens in 2017.
CSU officials announced today an expanded partnership with the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR), which began treating Rams student-athletes in 1969, that will include naming the Field Club at the new on-campus stadium. The fan-friendly space will be unique in college football.
Nearly 50-year partnership
The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies Field Club will be located on the field level of the west stands between the Rams’ locker room and the home team sideline, providing fans a player’s-eye view of game action along with access to premium food and beverages just steps away from the field. Overhead doors facing the football field will create an open gathering space.
“We are so fortunate to have the expert medical team at Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies caring for our student-athletes,” said Joe Parker, CSU’s Director of Athletics. “In addition to world-class medical treatment, OCR continues to deepen the important long-standing relationship we share with them, and we are so grateful.”
Official sports medicine team
The expanded partnership establishes OCR as the exclusive official Sports Medicine Team Physicians for Rams Athletics. The relationship spans six decades since the founding doctors at OCR first started caring for CSU student-athletes.
“Our support for the new stadium is a milestone in our relationship with CSU, which goes back to the 1960s,” said Dr. Rocci Trumper, orthopaedic surgeon, OCR board president and team physician for CSU Athletics.
“OCR is pleased to provide CSU with comprehensive orthopaedic, sports medicine and concussion services,” said Dr. Sean Grey, also an orthopaedic surgeon and team physician. “Over the years, we’ve expanded our services to meet the needs of the student-athletes, coaches, and the residents of Fort Collins and the region.”
Added Mike Bergerson, CEO of OCR: “We’re very pleased to make a significant commitment to CSU Athletics, the new stadium and the field club. It’s going to be a first-class venue.”
Stadium fundraising momentum continues
The announcement continues the fund-raising momentum CSU has established for the on-campus stadium. In recent months, CSU announced a $20 million gift to name the field in honor of legendary coach Sonny Lubick and a $4.3 million gift from New Belgium Brewing to create the New Belgium Porch.
In addition, premium seat sales for the inaugural season have been robust, with 95 percent of available seats sold. Indoor and outdoor club seats are sold out, 17 of 22 suites are spoken for and only a handful of loge boxes remain available.
“The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies has always been a loyal and dedicated community partner to CSU,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for university advancement. “These remarkable physicians and surgeons are the best in the region, and have helped us ensure the health, safety and best experiences for student-athletes for generations. We can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”
CSU’s on-campus stadium, which includes room for 41,200 fans, the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center and academic space, opens in the fall of 2017. Construction on the massive project recently reached the halfway point.
ABOUT THE ORTHOPAEDIC & SPINE CENTER OF THE ROCKIES – The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies and its 29 doctors provide patients with specialized orthopaedic, spine, sports medicine, concussion, and podiatry care. The practice, founded in 1969, has offices in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley. OCR’s services include a surgery center, overnight stay recovery center, digital radiology, therapy, and orthopaedic worker’s comp care. For information: www.orthohealth.com