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Sports / Recreation

Spring Football Game April 18

Updated April 17, 2009

The Colorado State Rams thank their fans with a free pancake breakfast; free parking; Football Frenzy (large, inflatible games, slides, and interactive amusements); a highly competitive scrimmage; and autograph signing with the team.

Weather cancels game & activities

April 17, 4:30 p.m.
With the latest forecasts calling for up to 7 inches of new snowfall, causing safety concerns for fans, Saturday’s CSU spring football game and all related activities have been cancelled, the athletic department announced Friday afternoon.

Weather permitting, the football team still hopes to get in its 14th spring practice at some point this weekend, and likely will conduct its 15th and final spring practice, the total allowed by the NCAA, Monday afternoon.

April 17, 10:30 a.m.
After an internal morning meeting and consultations with local forecasters and safety officials, Colorado State has decided to cancel most activities surrounding its scheduled spring football game Saturday, the athletic department announced Friday morning.

University officials will reconvene late this afternoon to gauge the storm's progress and consult the updated forecast, and make another announcement as to whether the spring game will still be played.

The free pancake breakfast and Football Frenzy, including the inflatable activities for kids, and all activities associated with the annual spring game, have been canceled due to weather.

Rams hosts their fans

Colorado State hosts its annual spring game, pancake breakfast and Football Frenzy Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Everything, including parking, is free to the public.

One of the most exciting annual events in Northern Colorado, the spring football game offers a first-rate opportunity for fans of any age to enjoy a free breakfast, fun activities, and even meet the Rams' players on the field, not to mention the highly competitive on-field scrimmage. 

Saturday's schedule

  • 9 a.m. - parking lots open
  • 9:30 a.m. - pancake breakfast begins, west concourse
  • 9:30 a.m. - Football Frenzy (inflatable activities and games), north concourse
  • 10:30 a.m. - on-field warmups, pre-scrimmage drills (approximate time)
  • 11:30 a.m. Scrimmage begins (approximate time)

After the scrimmage, fans will be allowed onto the field to meet with players signing autographs. 

What is Football Frenzy?

Football Frenzy is a popular attraction featuring large, inflatable games, slides and interactive amusements, normally available in Ram Town before regular-season home games.  On Saturday, The City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department also will offer prizes and giveaways. 

Former players in attendance

Several former CSU standouts, many of whom are currently on NFL rosters, will be in attendance Saturday. They'll be introduced to the crowd at a break in the scrimmage. 

Radio coverage

Fans at the game or those unable to be at the stadium on Saturday can tune in on radio to KLZ 560-AM in Denver or KCOL 600-AM in Fort Collins to catch all the action, including interviews with several of the former CSU players in attendance. Rich Bircumshaw, Brian Roth and Kevin McGlue will go on the air at 11 a.m. 

Season tickets on sale

Representatives also will be on hand Saturday to answer any questions about 2009 season tickets, including the Early Bird Family Plan, and the payment plan.

The family plan is an incentive to those who did not purchase season tickets last year. Until April 30, families can purchase two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets in the north end zone for only $280, less than $12 per ticket per game, and an overall savings of $90. Family Plans can be adjusted according to the varying size of the fan's family.

For the first time - in an effort to make purchasing season tickets easier for fans in today's economy - CSU is offering payment plans, allowing fans to pay for season tickets in equal installments. 

Author to show historic gamefilm

John Hirn, author of Aggies to Rams: The History of Football at Colorado State University, which hits this presses this fall, will be available Saturday with a sample unedited copy of the book.

Hirn will be set up at a concourse table, where he will be taking preorders of the book, the most comprehensive collection of CSU football history ever assembled, which also features a foreword by Steve Fairchild. The author, a CSU graduate, is donating 80 percent of his profits to the university's General Athletic Scholarship Fund.

His location, weather permitting, also will give fans an opportunity to see rare gamefilm from teams of the past, including footage of the Colorado A&M Aggies, the CSU program's former moniker.

Preorder Hirn's book 

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Contact: Ben Chulick
Phone: (970) 491-2063