Sept. 13, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- After consultation with City and County public safety officials, Colorado State's football game versus Cal Poly on Saturday at Hughes Stadium will be played as scheduled.
University and Athletics officials have determined it is possible to stage the game with reduced law enforcement and emergency personnel, allowing for those resources to be deployed elsewhere in the region.
"Our first concern is for the welfare of the community," said Director of Athletics Jack Graham. "We were very concerned about pulling resources away from areas in need, but we determined that we have the staff available primarily through our campus law enforcement to manage the event. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. We would not proceed if we did not have assurances that going forward would not cause stress on community resources or jeopardize people's safety. We do urge those attending the game to use safety when traveling and adhere to all warnings and caution about safe travel routes."
In making their decision, officials took into consideration the flood damage and street closures in the area. While Fort Collins, like the rest of the Front Range has been severely impacted, the impact near and around the stadium and campus areas has been relatively minimal.
While the game is expected to be played as scheduled, please note the following changes, updates and advisories:
The Colorado State football team will not stay at its team hotel, the Embassy Suites in Loveland, as it normally does the night before a game to leave hotel rooms available for those displaced by the floods.
"Anything we can do to help the people being impacted by this devastating flooding, we will do," said Head Coach Jim McElwain. "We're hopeful that leaving these rooms open will allow shelter for more people who have been displaced."
Saturday's halftime recognition of former Rams safety Greg Myers' jersey number 3 has been postponed to a game later in the season. The College Football Hall of Fame member will have his jersey number permanently displayed on the outside of the press box at Hughes Stadium.
The American Red Cross is helping people in Colorado and other Western states where flash flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Clicking here
DRIVING ROUTES: The Department of Athletics will continue to consult with local authorities to determine open travel routes to the stadium and will provide those updates as new information becomes available. Campus safety updates are always posted on www.safety.colostate.edu.
As new information is available, or if conditions should change, further updates will be provided.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., and the game can be viewed via webstream on the Mountain West Network and on CSURams.com. Season-ticket packages and single-game tickets can be purchased by clicking here, or calling 970/491-RAMS (7267). The 2013 season schedule can be found here.
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