Spring football game: Kid-friendly fun for all

CSU football coach Mike Bobo is heading into his second season leading the Rams.
CSU football coach Mike Bobo is heading into his second season leading the Rams.

The annual Green vs. Gold spring game is much more than football.

Kickoff for the annual finale to spring football is set for 1 p.m. April 23 at Hughes Stadium. The Rams, coming off three consecutive bowl game appearances, will use the game-type scrimmage to make a positive impression on second-year coach Mike Bobo and his staff heading into the long offseason.

For fans, the event is a day filled with fun and freebies. Here’s the lineup:

Alumni Flag Football Game — Set to begin at 9:30 a.m., former Rams football players take part in a special reunion flag football game vs. The Choice City All-Stars on Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. The game concludes at 10:45 a.m.

Ram Town Kids’ Zone — Opens at 10 a.m. and features a variety of inflatables for kids to enjoy in the Ram Town tailgate area adjacent to the southeast corner of Hughes Stadium.

Youth Football Clinic — Organized in partnership with City of Fort Collins Recreation, registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Ram Town Kids’ Zone. The clinic is open to children in Kindergarten through 8th grade and takes place on the field from 11 a.m.-noon. Participants will form a “high-five tunnel” for the Rams when they take the field.

CSU Football Select-A-Seat Event — Fans seeking to become season ticketholders may walk the stadium with CSU’s ticket sales team beginning at 10 a.m. and select the seats they would like from available inventory. Sit in the seats you’ll purchase to experience your game-day view in person! Event runs until the end of the Green & Gold Spring Game.

Chick-fil-A Sandwich Giveaway — Beginning at 11 a.m., 1,000 free Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be given away to fans on the west concourse of Hughes Stadium.

Season Ticketholder Experience — The CSU Athletics Sales Team will host a limited number of 2016 season ticketholders on the sidelines, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Those participating will receive a wristband to gain access to the sidelines and will experience the pregame and in-game atmosphere from that vantage point. Season ticketholders can expect to receive an email invitation regarding this exclusive opportunity.

Player Autographs — Following the game, players will sign autographs for fans on the field.

2016 Schedule Poster — Fans will be able to pick up the Rams’ 2016 schedule poster at the game.

As always, admission is free. Concessions will be available on the west concourse.