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With the Colorado St. Rams on-campus stadium project moving closer, more and more people associated with the school or football program are voicing their support for the new stadium. The most notable figure to talk up the potential of the proposed on-campus stadium is former legendary Rams head coach, Sonny Lubick.
Lubick won six conference championships and played in nine bowl games in his 15 seasons said, "it's a nice step in the right direction." He also mentioned that he hopes that boosters will step up with donations to get the stadium built.
Former Colorado State quarter Bill Farris loves the idea of the on-campus stadium:
"A stadium on campus is absolutely going to raise the level of football at CSU and the level of excitement around it and the enthusiasm throughout the week," said Farris, the quarterback who led CSU to its last winning season in 2008. "Students are going to see that stadium every day, and that's a big part of it."
The other normal stuff about a new stadium is being said like it will help recruiting, unite the fan base and ultimately lead to more winning. Having a lot of former athletes, coaches and alumni come out in support is never a bad thing as it shows that there are many people on board with the stadium. The hope is that with these endorsements from notable Rams will lead to more donations.
Head coach Jim McElwain believes that the sky is the limit for Colorado State football:
"I think the momentum for the program is exponential," McElwain said. "I'm not sure you can put a degree on it. ... It's not just about the next two or three years, this is something that people are going to put their arms around 50 years from now. When you guys are sitting in here 50 years from now listening to that next coach, he's going to thank them for what they did for this university."
The ultimate decision will come at the end of the week when the Board of Governors meet to discuss the proposed stadium.