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Stadium 101 for students - Get the goods and be heard on the stadium proposal and process

April 25, 2012

CSU students are invited to attend a series of events next week designed to provide information and gather input specifically from students as part of the university's feasibility study of a new stadium on the main campus.

Four public forums for students

The Associated Students of CSU and the Stadium Advisory Committee will host four public forums for CSU students at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Lory Student Center West Ballroom.

The forums will be facilitated by the Center for Public Deliberation and will include background on the stadium process as well as multiple opportunities for students to provide feedback. Food and drink will be provided.

Displays to provide information

In addition, ASCSU will have displays posted about the stadium process, site selection, design and more from 9:30a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the plaza outside the LSC. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of staff members and consultants who are involved in the feasibility study and to talk with members of the Stadium Advisory Committee. Forms will also be available so that students can provide input to the committee.

“Students are a critical stakeholder in the discussion about whether the university should consider building a new stadium on campus, and the Stadium Advisory Committee needs to hear from them,” said Eric Berlinberg, ASCSU president and a member of the Stadium Advisory Committee. “These events will really help students learn more about the process and provide a meaningful opportunity for them to give their thoughts, ask questions and offer feedback.”

Stadium guidelines to be met

In January, President Tony Frank created the Stadium Advisory Committee – a 15-member panel with representation from student, faculty, staff, alumni and community stakeholder groups – and asked members to provide a recommendation by the end of the semester on whether CSU should consider pursuing the construction of a new stadium. Charging the committee to work in a thoughtful, inclusive and transparent manner, Frank has also set out a series of guidelines that must be met if the stadium project is to move forward. These include:

  • CSU won’t consider putting the stadium on existing open green space, including the intramural fields.
  • CSU won’t consider putting the stadium in front of significant existing view sheds so as to protect views of the mountains.
  • All recommendations from the Stadium Advisory Committee must take into serious account any impact on neighbors in areas adjacent or near a new stadium.
  • State appropriation, tuition, student fees or taxes will not be considered as funding sources for a stadium project.

Depending on the committee’s recommendation, Frank has recently said that he will make a decision on the issue around the beginning of the 2012 fall semester.

Contact: Kyle Henley
Phone: (303) 376-2635