Registered voters disapprove of the main campus stadium

In July 2014, SOSH paid for a unbiased, scientific poll of registered Ft Collins voters.

One question was asked by Triton Polling and Research:

What do you think of the proposal to build a new football stadium on CSU’s main campus?

59.9% of the respondents (1099) stated moderately or strongly disapproved.

See the results of the poll at the attached link.

triton poll

Link to download the video of the event:

It’s time to take responsibility and study the real impacts to our community if an on-campus stadium is constructed

Colorado State University is still trying to raise money to building an on-campus stadium, and the Save Our Stadium Hughes group is still trying to stop it.
There are more reasons NOT to build than to proceed (environmental issues, no parking (their initial plan is to park at Hughes and bus fans into town), and spending $300 million on a stadium that will hold 40,000 fans with 4,000 in a standing room only area-Hughes is currently 32,500).
SOSH has started an on line petition drive to get the city council and state legislators to study the financial and environmental impact of the stadium on the Fort Collins community. CLICK BELOW
Please sign this petition and send it on to your friends!
 This football stadium is ”NOT A DONE DEAL”.

Links to intriguing articles

Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham: Dreaming is believing

Denver Post, November 24, 2013

http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/ci_24588778/colorado-state-athletic-director-jack-graham-dreaming-is

Don’t Ram Through an Unethical Stadium 

Northern Colorado Business Report, Oct 2013 

http://www.ncbr.com/article/20131018/EDITION10/131019935

Colorado State University bets on a stadium to fill its coffers

Faced with declining State funding, school believes football project will score
Wall Street Journal, Sept 28, 2013
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303983904579093432304563144

Cal State scrambling to cover stadium bill

June 16, 2013
http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-scrambling-to-cover-stadium-bill-4604221.php

Tony Frank proposes tuition increase for 2014

Rocky Mountain Collegian, Oct 17, 2013
http://www.collegian.com/2013/10/frank-proposes-tuition-increase-at-csu/47937/

City seeks role in stadium project

Coloradoan, Oct 19, 2013
http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310190027

Axed CSU stadium bid language raised ‘pay-to-play’ concerns

Amid criticism, university officials pulled their request for donations from contractors who would work on the proposed $226M stadium.
Coloradoan, Oct 14, 2013

http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310140034

Soapbox: CSU’s bid process for stadium project above-board
By Amy Parsons, vice president for University Operations
includes an Editor’s note since its original publication
Coloradoan, Oct 16, 2013

http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310150051&nclick_check=1

CSU: ‘miscommunication’ led to controversial, withdrawn football stadium contract language

Coloradoan, Oct 16, 2013
http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310160027

Declining student attendance hits Georgia; At Campuses Across the Country, More Reasons Than Ever to Skip the Game
Wall Street Journal, Sept 26, 2013.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304795804579097223907738780.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

University of Massachusetts bets big on football program despite poor attendance

NPR, October 18, 2013
http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=237166899&m=237170366

League of Denial: The NFL concussion crisis
Frontline, October 8, 2013
www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

 

 

Zimbalist presentation links

The Changing Economics of College Athletics
and Football Stadiums”

Presented by Dr. Andrew Zimbalist

To a crowd of over 150 Ft Colllins community members, Dr. Andrew Zimbalist recently spoke regarding the changing economics of college athletics and football stadiums.

His presentation can been seen on the following youtube link:

http://youtu.be/jz-R5XdRlEg

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Andrew Zimbalist to speak in Ft Collins Sept 23

You are cordially invited to attend

The Changing Economics of College Athletics
and Football Stadiums”

Presented by Dr. Andrew Zimbalist
Monday, September 23, 2013
       Noon            Fort Collins Public Library     201 Peterson

 Dr. Andrew Zimbalist is a Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He was introduced as “the country’s leading sports economist” on Public Broadcasting’s Wall Street Week with Fortune and is recognized as an expert in comparative economic systems, economic development and sports economics.

 Dr. Zimbalist is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Economics. He has authored 21 books and dozens of articles on the economics of sport. His books include The Economics of Sport, I and II and Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism in Big Time College Sports and The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments in the Sports Business.

He has consulted extensively in the sports industry for players associations, teams, cities and leagues. He has also testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, the New York State Senate, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Knight Commission.

 This presentation will help the Fort Collins community understand the broader economic implications of a new stadium in the changing world of intercollegiate athletics.

He Said / They Said – Let the BOG know it’s not right!

Attend the Colorado State University System Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting

May 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. at : CSU Lory Center  

Be a physical presence at the public comment section of their agenda.  If you wish, prepare to speak for 2 minutes to the BOG

At the Oct 4, 2012 Board of Governors’ meeting, Pres. Frank acknowledged many points of oppositions:

  • There is no way to quantify the claimed benefits of the stadium.
  • The site is not perfect. Neighbors have not been engaged to mitigate impact.
  • The stadium plan has not been harmonized with the City.
  • Cost estimates of $246 million are almost surely too optimistic.
  • The parking question will be accelerated investment in parking structures.
  • If one dime of tuition, fees, taxes, or state appropriations is used, “We will have failed.”

But he endorsed the findings of the Stadium Advisory Committee (SAC) that the on-campus stadium is feasible, and recommended to the BOG that CSU continue its attempt to build a main campus stadium, with the AD given 2 years to raise half the cost of the project. (This is a paraphrase.)

With no dissension, the BOG endorsed a resolution supporting Pres. Frank’s recommendation. At no point in the process of justifying this conclusion did the SAC or the BOG reach out to any of its Fort Collins critics for a more complete understanding of their opposition, an opposition which questions the financial feasibility of the on-campus stadium and its claims of benefit.

We are disappointed that a deliberative body like the BOG would ask no hard questions, electing instead to “bet on the jockey,” (a quote from the Oct 4, 2012, BOG meeting) without dissent, when presented with so much evidence for caution, if not outright rejection of the SAC feasibility study and the President’s endorsement of it.

A Message from Save Our Stadium Hughes

Dear Supporter of Save Our Stadium Hughes (SOSH):

Contrary to popular belief, the new stadium is not a done deal!

SOS Hughes continues to work diligently to defeat the proposed construction of a main campus stadium. We believe that everyone should have a voice in the process of determining the best solution to an issue that would adversely affect the entire Fort Collins community.

Over the past year, we have laid a good foundation for our cause, successfully providing important information to the public through several efforts including:

  • Gathering 10,000 signatures opposing the new stadium.
  • Hosting successful talks by two nationally-recognized collegiate sports authorities, David Ridpath and Joel Maxcy, who helped to garner media coverage of this issue.
  • Writing letters to the editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Rocky Mountain Collegian.
  • Letters and emails to CSU President Tony Frank, laying out our objections to the project.
  • Making our objections known at numerous events, including the Colorado State Board of Governors meetings and Stadium Advisory Committee.
  • Distributing 1,000 yard signs and newsletters.

To keep the issue in the spotlight and continue to raise public awareness of the economic, social and ecological problems associated with constructing a main campus stadium, SOS Hughes has implemented the following outreach initiatives:

  • We have three speakers making presentations to neighborhood, civic and business groups.  If you know of a group who would like to hear a presentation, email us at soshughes@gmail.com.
  • We will have an entry in the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday, March 16.  Please join us in the parade or show your support as we go by. We will be staging in front of the outdoor brewing tank at Coppersmith’s.  Get your green on!
  • We hope to overwhelm the Colorado State Board of Governors’ meeting May 3rd at Lory Student Center on the CSU campus with concerned citizens and students.  Please mark your calendar if you would like to participate. More details will follow soon.

If you would like to help us defray the costs of printing flyers, sending representatives to out-of-town BOG meetings, and another national speaker, please make a donation to SOS Hughes LLC. Mail in care of 4405 Upham, Ft Collins, CO 80526.

We are also looking for a webmaster who can update our website and facebook page. If interested, please email us at soshughes@gmail.com.