Construction work on Colorado State University’s (CSU) on-campus Stadium has reached the halfway mark.
A “topping-out” event has been held to mark the placement of the structure’s final beam, with much of the Stadium’s exterior already completed even though ground was broken less than a year ago. The new Stadium will open its doors in September 2017.
CSU President Tony Frank said:
The thing about this project that I’m so proud of is that this facility symbolises Colorado State University.
This is a university that holds itself accountable for excellence. This stadium really symbolises that. Thanks for allowing us to, within a year from now, say to our football team, welcome home.
When the US$220m project is complete, CSU will have an on-campus stadium for the first time in nearly 50 years. The project includes the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center, an academic centre where the Center for Advising and Student Achievement will be housed, and room for 41,000 fans.
Maja Rosenquist, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mortenson Construction, which is building the Stadium, said more than 34,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured and more than 3,500 tons of steel have been erected.
She also heralded the contributions of other companies involved in the project, including Populous as the Stadium architects and ICON Venue Group.
While the Stadium construction has reached a significant milestone, the University continues to enjoy significant success in paying for the project.
Premium seating for the inaugural season has been extremely popular, with more than 90 percent of available seats in suites, loge boxes and club seating areas already sold.
In addition, CSU has sold more than 2,300 commemorative bricks, which will be displayed in the plaza north of the Stadium.