The architecture company helping CSU design a possible on-campus football stadium is offering plans for a 42,000-seat venue a block north of Prospect Road, flanked by new parking garages, student housing and an alumni center.
Architects from Denver-based Populous offered the details of the plan to Colorado State University boosters in Denver and Fort Collins this week, and then made the presentation public on Thursday. The plan calls for highlighting the university’s Plant Environmental Research Center, which would be adjacent to the new stadium.
Stadium supporters at the meeting came away excited and energized after hearing more specifics of the plan.
“They are working hard to showcase PERC as a place of CSU excellence and are crossing their T’s and dotting their I’s to make sure this stadium represents everything that makes CSU great,” said pro-stadium group Be Bold CSU spokesman Tyler Shannon. “It was very obvious based on the passionate speech that Coach (Jim) McElwain gave supporting the stadium that this stadium will absolutely revolutionize the atmosphere of CSU on game day.”
He added: “It’s really getting us excited — this isn’t just putting a concrete stadium in the middle of CSU. This is about recreating what CSU looks like.”
Specifically, the plan by Populous suggests:
• A north-south oriented stadium immediately west of Whitcomb Street between Lake and Pitkin Streets.
• A new university gateway entrance at Whitcomb Street and Lake Street.
• An alumni center immediately to the west of the Gifford Building.
• A new parking garage on Pitkin Street north of the Plant Environmental Research Center site and west of the stadium
• A new parking garage on the west side of the Aggie Village apartments, which are already slated to be knocked down and replaced with higher-density housing.