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The Colorado St. Rams on-campus football stadium is one step closer to becoming a reality, school president Tony Frank is expected to make an announcement on Monday, about recommending that there be a new football stadium which will reside on the campus. Frank's recommendation will be to the CSU system's board of governors and give the project a conditional green-light for the on-campus stadium project.
The board is meeting Thursday and Friday this week, and part of the agenda will be discussing Frank's recommendation. The board is expected to approve Frank's comments, and thus pushing the project forward. The next hurdle will be financing the stadium. Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham has already said that funding will be from private donations, and that nothing will be coming from tax-payers or student tuition to pay for the project.
Even once a decision has been made, nothing will be built until a certain threshold of funds that need to be met even before ground is broken. So, even once approved, the on-campus stadium probably won't open until the start of the 2015 or 2016 season.
This project has been in the works for nearly a year, and the idea is to replace Hughes Stadium which has been the home of the Rams since 1968, but it is a an off-campus stadium. The idea of an on-campus stadium will help create a better atmosphere for the football team, and also the hope of getting better attendance.
Once this gets done, it will help Colorado State keep up with the other teams in the Mountain West with this new stadium, and the hope is that it will create some more wins for the program. However, in the mean time the current football team needs to get some more wins if they want to start seeing donations pile in.