I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine that went something like this:
Me: “I have this idea for Unsolicited Advice this week and I wanted to run it by you.”
Her: ” I also have an idea of something you should write about, the new stadium. It was approved and I found out that I have to now pay three hundred dollars for parking at my job.”
Me: “Three hundred fucking dollars just to go to work?”
OK, Tony Frank, WHAT THE FUCK! I bet you don’t have to pay for parking. What other fees are going to come up and affect the student body and staff alike?
So here we go. New stadium approved, now what?
I have read up on the news articles that pertain to the new stadium and the question of whether or not it will affect students tuition etc… It is already affecting the people who work there so why not the students? Tony Frank has “promised” not to further burden students or taxpayers for more money. If I had a nickel for every time I was promised something and that promise was broken, I would have a shit load of nickels.
220 million is what it will cost to build the stadium. That is a lot of fucking money. I have yet to find any article that tells me 100% where the money is going to come from.
Maybe I’m biased. I’ve been to one Rams football game in all my years of living in Fort Collins. I was a theatre major. I used to volunteer my time trying to raise money for the theatre department when I was a student. Though, I do wish they would have done more community friendly shows to draw in patrons and therefore earn more money…. but I digress. Student fees suck, and I feel like the only department that really benefits is the athletic department. But, the athletic department is what makes money.
Let me tell you a little story:
While I was a student, one of my favorite professors was asked to add a class to her already overloaded schedule for a particular group of CSU athletes. The thing was that this group of athletes were failing a “more difficult” class which would result in their grades dropping. If their grades dropped, they would not be able to participate in CSU athletics. My professor was asked to teach, what I call, a “dummy” class so that this group of students could still play sports. She agreed. And guess what? She was spread so thin, that my class suffered as a result. Do you understand where I am going with this? Athletics will always take precedent because they make money. Is there an echo in here? So, are we shocked that there is going to be a new stadium? I think not.
It all comes down to the almighty dollar.
Here is my biggest issue with the new stadium (besides my friend having to pay so much just to park to go to work): It will be located on the already crowded CSU main campus. The construction is going to greatly hinder anyone trying to get to class on time. Parking will be a joke and traffic on Sheilds and Prospect? Forget it. I wont be going that way for a long, long time.
According to CSURAMS.COM, The new stadium will:
- Bring alum back to the University.
- Create an energized atmosphere for alum, students and fans.
- Bring nationwide prominence to CSU.
- Provide a game-day environment that will attract the nations top athletes.
- Enhance the game day experience through expanded tailgating options, state of the art video and sound systems, premium seating, and first class concessions.
- Add a spectacular venue for the region to host student body and community events
Will it really do all of these things? All of these points seem rather vague. What issues are not being addressed? I decided to get another opinion.
After speaking to a friend of mine who works very closely with the athletics department, I can see the draw. The more money the athletics department takes, the less money it asks of it’s student body. The numbers he rattled off to me were astounding. What the above bulleted list should say is that the stadium will:
- Eventually lead to fewer student fees.
- Draw people to explore our beautiful campus.
- Encourage new students to attend.
- Be a multi-purpose facility that will also house classrooms and offices.
- Earn CSU a shit ton of money.
All of the benefits that our beloved CSU will see from the new on campus stadium will come to light in oh, say about six to ten years time.
Until then it is going to suck.
In conclusion, the new stadium will be good for the college as a whole in the long run. Good for parking? No. Good for traffic? No. Good for nothing? Not on your life.
Hell, maybe when the new stadium is built, I will actually go to a game. If I understood football. Will someone please explain to me what a “first down” is? Or a “first and ten”?
Still, love me the Rams. Because you can’t spell Orgasm without Go Rams!