A real CSU professor, Dr. Ed DeLosh, who supports the building of an on-campus stadium has graciously provided us with his Top 30 reasons why CSU should build the stadium. Highlights below and here is the PDF to download. Thanks Professor!
12. Would likely include a much needed visitors/alumni center, which the university has wanted for years. (The stadium advisory committee has identified this as an element that should strongly be considered for inclusion.) This could then be the staging area for campus tours and student visits. It would not make sense to add such a facility to Hughes, given its off-campus location.
15. Would provide CSU with a facility that would be used quite often for a variety of purposes, both athletic and academic, as described above. This is much more efficient use of space. The 10-12 acres devoted to a stadium on campus would be used extensively throughout the year, as compared to the 160 acres at Hughes that is used fewer than 10 times per year.
24. Can put CSU in a better position to be invited to a more prestigious, higher profile, more lucrative conference. In conference realignment discussions, factors that are considered include athletic success and the quality and capacity of the facilities. A new stadium, if combined with improved performance, could therefore enhance our chances of an invite, with all of the accompanying benefits in exposure, prestige, and revenue.
25. If investments in athletics (such as this stadium and the recent hiring of better coaches) ultimately generate more revenue for the athletic department, this can reduce the athletic department’s reliance on student fees. The athletic department current receives $5 million annually from student fees. Although the per student rate at CSU is lower than average, the athletic director has indicated a desire to reduce this amount and ultimately have an athletic department that is completely self-sufficient, with no subsidization from the university or student fees. With more revenue, this becomes a greater possibility.