Sept. 29, 2011
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – CSU is one of only three teams in the nation that hasn’t given up a point in the first quarter this year, joining Stanford and Pitt. The Rams will put that streak on the line Saturday against San Jose State in a 2 p.m. homecoming contest at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Head Coach Steve Fairchild and his wife, Nancy, are starting another streak Saturday, and they need help from fans.
For the second straight year, the Fairchilds have pledged to donate 10 cents per fan in attendance at the first game in October to the Larimer County Food Bank; the cause is to kick off the university’s annual Cans Around the Oval campaign, to fight hunger in the area. So, just by purchasing a ticket, fans will make a difference.
Additionally, fans coming to the game are asked to bring their own financial donations, as well as non-perishable food items, for the same cause. Coaches’ wives will be at Gates 5, 6 and 7, as well as in Ram Town, collecting those items and contributions.
Former stars returning for homecoming: As part of CSU’s exciting artwork additions to the concourses and field at the stadium, the athletic department has honored 52 former football players in a legends row on the north and south sides of the stadium. And the Rams at Saturday’s game will recognize 18 of those depicted on the banners, as either the actual players or their families will be in attendance.
Those expected to be in attendance, or represented by their families at Saturday’s halftime ceremony: Pro Bowler Dale Dodrill, All-American Anthony Cesario, College Football Hall of Famer Fum McGraw, All-American Keli McGregor, Pro Bowler Bubba Baker, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen, No. 1 overall NFL Draft selection Gary Glick, CSU Hall of Famer Anthoney Hill, CSU career interceptions leader Ray Jackson, NFL Draft selection Willie Miller, All-American Sean Moran, first-round NFL Draft selection Mark Mullaney, MW Offensive Player of the Year Matt Newton, second-leading career rusher Damon Washington, All-American Dexter Wynn, MW Defensive Player of the Year Rick Crowell, MW Offensive Player of the Year Kevin McDougal, and career touchdown receptions leader Jeff Champine.
Student tickets nearly gone: As of Thursday morning, less than 1,000 free student tickets remained available for pickup, to Saturday’s game. CSU students with a valid ID can pick up free tickets to football games during normal business hours Monday-Friday before home games, at either the McGraw Center ticket office, or the Lory Student Center box office. Student tickets, if still available, are not distributed on gameday at the stadium. Friday is the last opportunity CSU students have to pick up free tickets. CSU students also can purchase guest tickets for the student section, which is general admission.
Public tickets still available: Tickets to CSU’s next two home games, Saturday’s homecoming game and an Oct. 15 clash with No. 4 Boise State and Heisman candidate Kellen Moore, are selling quickly.
Fans should not wait to purchase their seats. Only west-side seats remain for those games, including Saturday’s homecoming clash. Tickets are available online at CSURams.com/tickets, at any King Soopers or City Market location in Colorado, over the phone at 1-800/491-RAMS, or in person during normal business hours at the McGraw Athletic Center box office.
Non-student tickets, if they remain, are available beginning three hours before every game at the Hughes Stadium box office. Kickoff Saturday is 2 p.m.
Boise State, possibly highest-ranked team ever in Fort Collins, part of attractive Mountain West mini-plan: Fans can save when purchasing Boise State tickets as part of a mini-plan season-ticket package still available. The Broncos, ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in the major polls this week, could be the highest-ranked team ever to visit Fort Collins. TCU was No. 5 last season when it visited the Rams, as was CU in 1996.
Boise State will play a historic game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, the team’s first conference contest as a member of the Mountain West.
The Mountain West mini-plan features not only Boise State, but also San Diego State and Air Force -- three teams that have at least received votes in the national rankings this season. San Diego State and its own NFL Draft prospect Ryan Lindley, is 3-1, including big wins at Army and at home against Washington State. The Aztecs come to town Nov. 12, while the Falcons, also 3-1, travel up I-25 on Nov. 26.
All three games are 4 p.m. kickoffs.
The MW mini-plan is $90, a savings of $10 off the combined face value of the three tickets. Ram Club members can purchase MW Plans in donor seating levels. Prices do not include delivery fees ($7 mail, $10 will call), but there is no $5 per-ticket processing fee on any mini-plan purchase.
For more information, contact the CSU ticket office at 1-800/491-RAMS (7267).
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