With president Tony Frank announcing today that CSU plans to tentatively move forward with an on-campus stadium, the question arises about what will be done with 32,500 seat Hughes Stadium.
“It’s still early in the process and we’re nowhere near making a decision on what will happen to Hughes,” said CSU spokesman Mike Hooker. “Nothing’s changed since the release of the feasibility report.”
The report, released in early August and conducted by the Stadium Advisory Committee to look at the viability of building an on-campus stadium, had a separate study assessing Hughes Stadium. The report concluded that 45-year-old Hughes Stadium has a backlog of $30 million in “deferred maintenance.”
In Frank’s email announcing his decision to campus and community, he stated that the new stadium will be contingent upon financing. If enough money for a new stadium isn’t generated in the next two years, the university would consider renovating Hughes.
“It is my belief that if we have not identified a viable financing plan for a new stadium to take forward within two years, we will have to suspend these efforts and make some investments in assuring that Hughes Stadium remains a viable venue for Colorado State football,” Frank wrote.
If the university decided not to move forward with an on-campus stadium and expand and renovate Hughes by adding an additional 17,000 seats, the cost would jump to somewhere between $90 and $105 million for the expansion alone plus $30 million for renovations.
The number was reached by taking a 1999 estimate for seat expansion and multiplying it by a factor of 1.7 to adjust for inflation, according to the feasibility report.
The report doesn’t directly address the options for Hughes should the on-campus stadium be built.
A Denver based commercial construction and demolition firm, who wished to remain anonymous for competitive reasons, estimated the cost of tearing down a 32,500 seat stadium would be less than $1 million. Most of the material from the stadium would be recycled.
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