FORT COLLINS, Colo. – On Dec. 13, Colorado State hired Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, four weeks before the Crimson Tide won a second national title in three years. Now, the bold new era at CSU has produced another bold move.
CSU on Monday announced a price reduction of nearly 12 percent to 2012 season tickets.
“This is an investment,” new Director of Athletics Jack Graham said in making the announcement. “We are investing in our fans and their families. We need to get our fans back.”
Committed to the process of building a football program consistently ranked in the top 25 and competing for BCS bowl games, Graham also is devoted to making games more attractive and affordable. Highlights of the new football season-ticket structure:
An 11.6-percent reduction in the price of the best seats at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, from goal line to goal line. CSU is reducing sideline season tickets to just $199 in 2012, down from $225 in 2011.
CU game tickets are included in all season-ticket packages for the first time; fans that purchase season tickets in the north end zone for Fort Collins games now will also receive the Sept. 2 Buffs game in Denver.
By purchasing CSU season tickets, fans get seven games for $28.43 per contest (sideline reserved). That means fans will save as much as $56 off the face value of a CU game ticket.
The $199 price and inclusion of the CU game in all ticket packages means season-ticket holders will save as much as $136, or 41 percent, over the price of single-game tickets in 2012.
“We’re taking steps not only to change the results on the field, but also to create a better gameday atmosphere and bring more of the pageantry of major college football to Colorado State,” added Graham. “Filling Hughes Stadium with Ram fans is a prime objective toward achieving this goal.”
How to purchase (for fans that did not purchase season tickets in 2011)… Tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets at CSURams.com/tickets any time of day, or during normal business hours by calling 1-800/491-RAMS or visiting the McGraw Center ticket office.
Fans that are not members of the Ram Club will only be able to purchase seats in the non-donor areas, Sections A, B, H and I, as well as the north end zone. Those that wish to simultaneously join the Ram Club and purchase season tickets in the prime donor sections can do so, by contacting the ticket office.
How to renew (for fans that had season tickets in 2011)… The CSU athletic department is mailing renewal packets this week to last year’s season-ticket holders. Each packet contains information on renewing season tickets for the 2012 campaign, as well as info on purchasing additional single-game tickets. For more information, contact the CSU ticket office at 1-800/491-RAMS. Fans that purchased two sideline season tickets last year will save more than $50 this season.
June 1 is the deadline for season-ticket holders to make at least their first payment on 2012 season tickets.
The packet will also include a seat-location request form. Fans that wish to change seats should complete the form in that packet. A CSU representative will contact those fans wishing to change locations.
Pricing and purchase options There are no hidden fees when purchasing CSU season tickets. The only fee per season-ticket order, which covers processing, handling and postage, is $15. The Rams also offer several season-ticket options:
Ram Club ($350 minimum)
Ram Club ($100 minimum)
No donation required
North End Zone
Family Plan (2+2)
2 adults, 2 youth
Payment plan In an effort to make purchasing season tickets easier for fans in today’s economy, CSU again is offering payment plans, allowing fans to pay for season tickets in equal installments.
Like last year, fans will be able to spread their payment for season tickets over the spring and summer, depending on date of purchase.
Depending on date of purchase, fans can authorize CSU athletics to charge their MasterCard or Visa in equal monthly installments until the balance is paid.
Fans need to have their payment plan established by June 1, and balance paid in full by Friday, July 27, in order to receive their season tickets.
Ram Club members Every penny donated to the Ram Club goes to pay for the scholarships of CSU’s student-athletes. And not only do Ram Club members know their funds are going to an outstanding cause, they also receive excellent benefits, such as prime seat locations.
All Ram Club members are guaranteed lower-bowl seating for Jim McElwain’s debut as head coach when the Rams meet the Buffs on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Plus, by making their gifts, Ram Club members preserve their Ram Points standing, applicable to determining access and seat location for a multitude of future events, such as bowl games, NCAA tournament games, or marquee contests such as the Rams’ December basketball trip to Duke, which offered very few visiting seats.
Ram Club membership is very affordable, starting at just $100 per year, with various convenient payment options including monthly installments. For more information on joining the Ram Club or renewing membership, fans should visit CSURamClub.com, or call 970/491-4666.
Ram Club renewal deadline June 1 also is the deadline for last season’s Ram Club members to make at least a deposit on a 2012-13 membership and retain their benefits for the upcoming season. Members with questions related to tickets should contact the CSU ticket office at 1-800/491-RAMS.
Single-game pricing Single-game ticket options are also available to fans, starting at just $30 for all north end zone locations to any of the Rams’ six games at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Single-game ticket sales begin July 9.
North End Zone*
North Dakota State
Utah State (Ag Day)
Fresno State (Homecoming)
Hawai'i (Orange Out)
* Prices include $5 handling fee.
The schedule McElwain’s debut on Sept. 2 likely will be the nation’s only college or NFL game played at that time, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Television partners are determining the network and kickoff time, but in years past when the Rams and Buffs have played on that first Sunday, their game was the only active contest in the country. NFL teams don’t play that day.
The coach makes his premiere at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 8, when the Rams host the defending FCS national champion North Dakota State Bison. CSU returns for Ag Day against Utah State on Sept. 22.
Hawaii’s return to Fort Collins highlights the conference home schedule, and will mark the Rams’ annual “Orange Out” game. CSU’s conference home slate also includes a rematch of the 2008 New Mexico Bowl with Fresno State (Oct. 6), the marquee event of Homecoming and Family Weekend.
The Rams’ home conference slate also includes matchups with MW rivals UNLV (Nov. 10) and New Mexico (Nov. 24).