There appears to be a solution to the obvious scheduling conflict Saturday between the Colorado State football team’s season opener at Hughes Stadium and New Belgium’s annual Tour de Fat stop in Old Town.
A free shuttle bus service between Old Town Fort Collins and Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium has been arranged for Saturday’s events through a partnership between the CSU Athletics Department and organizers of the Tour de Fat event.
“There is a great deal of excitement around our home opening football game on Saturday,” said Ben Lorenzen, CSU’s senior associate A.D. for sales, marketing and communications. “It is also a big day in Fort Collins with Tour de Fat, and we recognize that many of those participants are also CSU fans. Thanks to the partnership we have been able to form with Tour de Fat organizers, we will now be able to make it even more efficient for our fans to enjoy both events with free round-trip shuttles for Tour de Fat.”
The Tour de Fat parade is set to begin at 9 a.m. The Rams’ season opener is set to kick off at 2 p.m. Shuttle bus service to the stadium begins at 1 p.m. from the Steele’s Market parking lot located on West Mountain Avenue. Tour de Fat participants may lock their bikes at this location but must return to get them by 9 p.m. that night.
The bus service will run from 1-3 p.m. and will begin return service from Hughes Stadium back to Old Town at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The last shuttle from Hughes to Old Town will leave one hour after the game’s final whistle.
Collegian Sports Reporter Emmett McCarthy can be reached by email at email@example.com and on Twitter @emccarthy22.