Food, bands, volleyball, football and fun fill Game Day week

Nick Stevens
Senior quarterback Nick Stevens, one of the nation’s top returning passers, will lead the Rams in their inaugural game at the new stadium against Oregon State.

The first full week of classes in CSU’s 2017-18 academic year will be filled with fun, food and music. Oh, and football.

Here’s a rundown of the major events taking place during Game Day week:


Perhaps you’ve heard that there’s a fairly significant astronomical event taking place today. If not, it’s time to emerge from your hiding place and catch eclipse fever!

CSU’s famed Little Shop of Physics will be spearheading an eclipse celebration at the corners of Meridian and University avenues. The eclipse begins here at 10:23 a.m., reaches its maximum – 95 percent coverage – at 11:47 a.m., and concludes at 1:14 p.m. There will be telescopes, eclipse glasses and folks from Little Shop to answer all of your questions.


CSU is hosting an Employee Appreciation Celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the New Belgium Porch on the north side of the new stadium. This annual thank you for all you do for CSU gives all employees the opportunity to see the stadium from a unique vantage point while enjoying refreshments, entertainment, door prizes, gifts, a cash bar and plenty of fun.


  • Alumni Center Open House – The much-anticipated Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center opens its doors to the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., unveiling the state-of-the-art alumni experience that promises to be second to none. In addition to lots of displays and tons of CSU history, there’s a video booth where all alumni are encouraged to tell their CSU story. How cool is that? There’s also music provided by Last Call Romance and the Gasoline Lollipops, plus food and beverages, face painting, CAM the Rams and much more.
  • CSU volleyball vs. Duke – No Rams team is more synonymous with success than the volleyball program, which has been making annual trips to the NCAA Tournament longer than most of the current players have been alive. At 7 p.m. the Rams host powerhouse Duke at Moby Arena in their annual White Out match. Wear your white and be prepared to watch some of the nation’s best volleyball. Get your tickets at or at the gate.


  • The BIG game – It’s show time! After years of planning and two years of construction, CSU’s beautiful on-campus stadium officially opens when the Rams host Oregon State at 12:30 p.m., making it the official kickoff to the 2017 college football season. Tickets are sold out, but there’s plenty to do outside the stadium if you don’t have a seat, including bands like the Flobots and Post Paradise, food trucks, lawn games, tailgating and general football frenzy. Parking lots open at 8:30 a.m., so arrive early and get ready to be part of history.
  • CSU volleyball vs. Central Florida – Keep your Rams spirit rolling by supporting the volleyball team against Central Florida. Action begins at 8 a.m. at Moby. Tickets at or at the gate.