Colorado A&M frequently wore white home uniforms from 1947-56, during the time of Alex Burl (above), whose grandson, Davis, will join the rest of his teammates Oct. 15 in all-white uniforms
Oct. 4, 2011
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - CSU's football team has sought and received approval from Boise State and the Mountain West to wear all-white uniforms at its next home game, Oct. 15 against the No. 5/6 Broncos, who could be the highest-ranked team ever to visit Fort Collins.
The Rams, in a bye week before the Boise State game, are joining forces with Poudre Valley Health System in an effort to "white out" the stadium, and ultimately white out cancer. PVHS provides quality cancer treatment and support to people affected by cancer in northern Colorado, southeast Wyoming and southwest Nebraska. Recent enhancements have regionalized services through PVHS' two hospitals and network of four medical oncology clinics, infusion centers and radiation oncology department.
PVHS and The Mtn. - The Mountain West Sports Network -- have combined to produce white T-shirts for the first 5,000 fans through the gates Oct. 15. Each shirt contains a blank, allowing fans to write in the name of an individual affected by cancer for whom fans will stand on that day. CSU will set up stations in Ram Town prior to the game, as well as on the concourses, to provide permanent markers.
Additionally, PVHS is distributing 5,000 white placards to fans entering the stadium. At a certain point in the game, fans will be asked to hold up their placards.
Also involved in the Oct. 15 white out is RamStrength, an organization established in 2006 when cancer struck the family of legendary head coach Sonny Lubick, the namesake of the Rams' playing field at Hughes Stadium. RamStrength provides financial assistance for local cancer survivors and their families to help them with basic needs such as mortgage/rent, car payments and unforeseen auto repairs, monthly bills for utilities and groceries, medical-insurance premiums and co-pays, among other expenses. RamStrength's goal is to inspire and empower people to live with, through and beyond cancer.
CSU hosted a similar event Jan. 22, selling out Moby Arena for a men's basketball game against No. 9 BYU. The Rams also have hosted white outs for volleyball, but never for football.
Fans are encouraged to join the football team and wear white clothing to the game.
Rams to make history in all white: According to team historian John Hirn, author of Aggies to Rams, the Boise State game will mark the first time the team has worn all white at home since Nov. 10, 1956, when the Colorado A&M Aggies hosted Utah at Colorado Field. The school changed its name to Colorado State University in 1957, and permanently changed its nickname to Rams in 1959.
CSU last wore a white jersey, with yellow pants, on Sept. 6, 1980, a 21-9 win over Air Force, with Steve Fairchild starting his senior season at quarterback. Sark Arslanian, then CSU's head coach, decided he wanted the Rams to wear white because of the heat. Air Force that day was playing its first league game as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. On Oct. 15, Boise State will play its first conference game as a member of the Mountain West. Those two instances are believed to be the only times in the history of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium CSU that the Rams took, or will take, the field in white tops.
Public tickets still available: Tickets to the Oct. 15 game with No. 5/6 Boise State and Heisman candidate Kellen Moore are selling quickly. Colorado State officials are expecting the largest crowd of the season to date for the game.
Fans should not wait to purchase their seats. Only west-side seats remain for the game. 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 that day is 4 p.m.
Student tickets: While they last, free student tickets are available with a current, valid ID, at the McGraw Center or Lory Student Center box offices beginning Monday morning.
Boise State 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. 5/6 in this week's polls, 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, who travel up I-25 on Nov. 26, also are 3-1 and receiving votes in the polls.
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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