Plans were looking swimmingly about the prospect of the Colorado St. Rams having an on-campus stadium built within a few years. One of the final steps was getting approval from the Board of Governors, which meet on Thursday, and then raise the money for the stadium. $125 million would need to be fundraised privately with the other half being financed.
Well, there may be a snag in that process as Pat Stryker, founder of the Bohemian Foundation and also is a big donor to the school's athletic department does not be donating to the new stadium. Stryker told the Denver Post that she is not planning on supporting the project financially:
Pat Stryker said Tuesday that she trusts [Colorado State president Tony] Frank has proposed a plan he "believes is in the best interest of CSU," but that she has "not committed to providing financial support to the new stadium project."
Stryker did not rule out a donation, but said in her statement that she is "focused on other philanthropic activities through Bohemian Foundation's programs and special initiatives."
This could be a major blow if Stryker, who is a major donor to the athletic department, does not financially support the stadium. Who knows how much she would donate, but having her on board financially would be a huge benefit in raising the funds sooner rather than later.
Colorado State's alumni does not have multiple billionaire's who donate to the athletic department, so athletic director Jack Graham and school president Tony Frank will need to do some convincing to get Stryker to commit to some type of donation.