CSU announces 5 p.m. start time for home football games
July 25, 2012
By Gary Ozzello
Senior Associate A.D.
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Colorado State Director of Athletics Jack Graham today announced that all six of CSU’s home games at Hughes Stadium in 2012 will begin at 5 p.m.
“Without a conference-wide regional television package in place, we had the opportunity in 2012 to set the home game times,” said Graham. “This provided a backdrop to research starting times for this season that would be most convenient for Ram fans. Our fans have told us they prefer a late afternoon or early evening start to our games. This enables them to participate in youth sports and other important weekend activities before kick time. We think this will enable more fans to attend our games and cheer on the Rams.”
Graham said plans are also underway to enhance the pregame and in-game entertainment for Ram fans of every age.
“We will enhance many of the cherished traditions that are currently in place, and establish many new ones that we feel will engage all Ram fans,” he said. “Our goal is to provide exciting entertainment and game pageantry from the time a fan enters the stadium parking lot until they leave the stadium after another CSU victory.”
New coach Jim McElwain and the Rams face rival Colorado in the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown Sept. 1 to open the season.
Following the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown, CSU plays the first of six home games at Hughes Stadium, facing defending FCS national champion North Dakota State.
The annual Ag Day game, Sept. 22 vs. Utah State, rounds out a busy first month of the season for the Rams.
Ag Day has become one of the finest football traditions in the region. Originally started by Thurman “Fum” McGraw and campus and community colleagues, the 2012 celebration is the 31st of its kind. Ram fans can begin their day at Hughes Stadium by partaking in the finest quality meats, fruits and vegetables statewide producers have to offer, along with live music. It’s all available through the College of Agriculture, by calling (970) 491-6497.
Former CSU All-American Greg Myers will be honored during the Homecoming/Family Weekend game against Fresno State on Oct. 6. Myers, who played for the Rams from 1992-95, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Dec. 4 in New York City.
Homecoming/Family weekend activities include a parade through Old Town and campus, a pep rally and bonfire the evening before the game, and numerous campus activities throughout the weekend.
Season ticket packages – which include tickets to the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown – are available for as little as $150. Tickets are available by calling 1-800/491-RAMS or online at CSURAMS.com.