Stadium Advisory Group members established as construction continues

Sady Swanson

The members of the Stadium Advisory Group were announced last week as part of the intergovernmental agreement made between the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University last spring.

The IGA was created in order to address concerns from Fort Collins citizens regarding construction of the on-campus stadium, according to CSU spokesman Mike Hooker. The Stadium Advisory Group is made up of community members who were appointed jointly by CSU and the city.  

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The constructions for the new stadium that will be located on campus already started.
Construction for the new on-campus stadium has begun on the corner of West Lake Street and Meridian Avenue. (Photo By: Caio Pereira).

The group will examine impacts and community interactions regarding the stadium construction and the activities it will be used for, according to Hooker.

Colin Gerety, from Momo Lolo Coffee House, said that he was asked by city staff to participate in the advisory group. Gerety has lived in Fort Collins for decades, has provided input for the West Elizabeth planning effort and was a chair of the Citizens Advisory Board for Transportation in the past.
 
“There are a number of organizations which are essentially exempt from normal city processes,” Gerety wrote in an e-mail to the Collegian. “These include CSU, the ditch companies, and the railroads. The interaction between CSU and its surrounding environment is interesting and I think I might be able to help in the conversation.”
 
Gerety said that he hopes the Stadium Advisory Group can help CSU and the city interact better.
 
Per Hogstad said that the stadium is an important issue to him because he lives close to the new stadium location.
 
“I think it should be a pretty effective group,” Hogestad said if the advisory group.
 
The group has asked for a copy of the intergovernmental agreement between the city and CSU, according to Hogestad.
 
Odell Marketing and Branding Manager, Amanda King, said she wants to represent the opinion of the community.
 
“As a CSU alumnus and a city business leader, I aim to remain neutral and provide a voice to our community and aid in the communication between all interested parties,” King wrote in an email to the Collegian
 
The group’s first meeting will be in mid-October. 

“The SAG occasionally will present recommendations to the city and CSU regarding stadium issues that have impacted or are anticipated to impact local residents and make recommendations regarding the use of the Good Neighbor Fund,” Hooker wrote in an e-mail to the Collegian.

The group will most likely meet quarterly, and members from the city and CSU will also attend those meetings.

The Stadium Advisory Group members are as follows:

Amanda Johnson-King, Odell Brewing Company
Gary Buffington, Larimer County Natural Resources Department Director
Bob Herrfeldt, director of The Ranch
Steve Taylor, owner of Moot House, Austin’s and Enzio’s Restaurants
Per Hogestad, City of Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission Member and retired CSU Faculty
Colin Gerety, Owner of Momo Lolo Coffee House
Mitch Majeski, Pastor of Summit View Church
Ben Manvel, former city councilmember and retired CSU professor
Carol Reed, Sheely Neighborhood resident
 
Collegian Assistant News Editor Sady Swanson can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @sadyswan.