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After seven months of fundraising efforts from athletic director Rick George and staff, the University of Colorado athletic department released plans to break ground and begin a $143 million facility upgrade project. May 12, 2014 will mark the start of the upgrade, and the majority of construction is projected to finish before the 2015 football season.
According to David Plati, CU athletics sports information director, the project will not require the use of tuition money or tax dollars. The CU board of regents’ approval came in December 2013 with the condition that one-third of funds be privately raised. Rick George set a $47.6 million goal and expects to reach that goal in the very near future. The balance from the project will come from bonds.
The construction will displace a few campus facilities, including the Campus Recycling Center and Facilities Management Outdoor Services. Permanent facilities are set to be built in new locations, although both organizations will use temporary sites starting in May.
Acquiring Franklin Field from the CU Student Government required some compromises that will benefit recreational and club sports. In exchange for Franklin, CUSG gets rights to the sand-based practice fields just north of Folsom Field, as well as the seasonal practice bubble. The second and final vote to approve the field swap is on the agenda for CUSG Legislative Council’s meeting Thursday, April 17.
The following list includes all the proposed facilities, as listed in a CU sports information office press release:
An official announcement will be issued during the spring football game Saturday, April 12. The halftime presentation will include CU President Bruce Benson, Chancellor Phil DiStephano and Rick George. The Black and Gold game kicks off at 12:07 p.m.
Contact CU Independent Sports Editor Jordyn Siemens at Jordyn.firstname.lastname@example.org.