CSU to dedicate new $20 million facilities at grand opening ceremony Friday
Sept. 15, 2009
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Like a proud parent, the Colorado State athletic department will formally introduce the public to its new fraternal twins Friday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony, to dedicate CSU’s new $13 million Indoor Practice Facility and $7 million Academic and Training Center, will take place Friday at 1 p.m., near the Academic and Training Center.
Following the ceremony, free public tours will be available of both buildings. ESPN Radio 870, KJMP-AM, will broadcast from the event.
Colorado State first announced plans for the new buildings, a $20 million leap toward a vivid future, in April 2009. The buildings represent CSU’s largest commitment toward athletic facilities in four decades, since the construction of Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena.
"These buildings show that Colorado State is unmistakably serious about achieving its stretch goals," Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk said, referring to the university’s established aims of playing in BCS football games, consistent men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament berths, and winning the Director’s Cup competition. "These buildings, combined with the recent renovations at our football stadium, put us where we need to be in terms of offering quality, state-of-the-art facilities to our coaches and student-athletes, those who are here now and those who are thinking about coming here. There has never been a better time to be a Ram."
The process began in October 2006, when Kowalczyk and associate athletic director Doug Max made the new buildings a priority within the athletic department's long-term plans. But without the help of the CSU administration and the Board of Governors, the university would not have reached this point.
Quality architectural and construction partners
Indoor Practice Facility at a glance
Academic and Training Center at a glance
Raising construction funds
While Colorado State is supporting the construction through bonded funds, the athletics department continues a campaign to raise $20 million.
Fort Collins natives and CSU graduates Brett and Danette Anderson launched the fundraising campaign with a pacesetting gift. In November 2008, the family gave $1.5 million to assist with the construction of the academic and training center. To recognize the gift, the academic portion of the new building will be named the Anderson Academic Center.
There are several other naming opportunities available. Those interested in naming opportunities should contact the office of development at 970/491-4666.
"The indoor practice facility will not only provide our team the opportunity to practice in a state-of-the-art facility, but will also enhance our ability to attract the best student-athletes to CSU. It will secure our place among the elite volleyball programs in the country." - Tom Hilbert, head volleyball coach
"I've been a student-athlete and an assistant coach at Colorado State, and I can testify that this already was a special place to make valuable memories during such an important part of a young person's life. These facilities will make that experience even better." - Steve Fairchild, head football coach
"A new facility will reflect the support provided by the university and our supporters for academic and athletic success." - Mekana Barnes, All-American, volleyball
"I researched athletics facilities in the Mountain West Conference during an internship with the President's office. CSU's new facility will place us at the top of indoor facilities in the MWC. The impact on our entire program will be tremendous." - 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Bell, football