Colorado State’s Homecoming and Family Weekend set for Oct. 13 game vs. New Mexico
Game themes and promotions announced for most 2018 CSU Football home games at the on-campus stadium
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Colorado State will again celebrate the pageantry and traditions of home football weekends in the spectacular setting of its picturesque Fort Collins campus in 2018, as the Rams play their second season in the on-campus stadium.
Attendance records were set in the stadium’s inaugural season of 2017, and fans are eager to return to commemorate traditions such as Homecoming and Family Weekend, scheduled for the Oct. 13 game vs. New Mexico.
Each home game will celebrate a particular theme in 2018:
Aug. 25 vs. Hawai’i—(game promotions TBA)
Sept. 8 vs. Arkansas—Military Appreciation Day and Stripe the Stadium
Military Appreciation Day is a special day to honor our nation’s active military and veterans both before and during the football game. Displays and events highlight the pregame period, while the in-game tributes include special recognitions and introductions of both on the field and on the HD videoboard. To Stripe the Stadium, fans are encouraged wear either green or white, as assigned for their specific seating section, to create alternating colors of vertical stripes around the stadium seating bowl.
Sept. 22 vs. Illinois State—Ag Day with 4H and Orange Out
Ag Day with 4-H is a tradition begun in 1981, hosted by CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Athletics along with Colorado agricultural organizations and associations. The pregame event features the state’s agricultural growers and producers preparing Colorado’s premier outdoor barbecue from quality Colorado food products to fund scholarships for agricultural sciences students. This tradition honors both the institution’s roots and Colorado’s rich agricultural history in a celebration that appeals to all ages.
Oct. 13 vs. New Mexico—Homecoming and Family Weekend
Colorado State University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 11-13 celebrates the past, present and future of our institution for alumni, families, community members and visitors. In addition to a number of class reunions, the week will feature a series of events including the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Thursday, Oct. 11 and the annual parade and bonfire on Friday, Oct. 12. Last year Colorado State played its first on-campus Homecoming game in 50 years, at the new stadium, after the closure of the off-campus Hughes Stadium. For a complete overview of the week’s activities, please visit www.homecoming.colostate.edu.
Oct. 27 vs. Wyoming—Tackle Cancer
October is nationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month and Colorado State Football will join numerous professional and collegiate teams in the effort. The Rams will have various pink accents and accessories added to their game attire. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as well. Numerous cancer awareness initiatives will be spread throughout game day, bringing additional recognition to the fight against cancer.
Nov. 17—Utah State: Take a Kid to the Game and Extra Yard for Teachers
The Extra Yard for Teachers initiative is sponsored by the College Football Playoff to allow each FBS institution to honor education professionals in their area, while Take a Kid to the Game is a CSU Athletics promotion that welcomes children with a variety of family-friendly activities before and during the game.
Four other promotions that will be added to specific games during the 2018 season include:
- Commitment to Campus is a Colorado State University program through which CSU Athletics welcomes faculty and staff with special season ticket rates, and to a designated game each season. Tickets to that game also will include a concession voucher.
- Bike to the Game: In an effort to embrace and celebrate the Fort Collins bicycle culture, Colorado State University and CSU Athletics are teaming up with various community organizations to encourage fans to bike to the game. More information will be released soon but fans can expect a day centered around bikes featuring a pregame rally, “ride in” to campus, tailgating festivities and more bike-friendly activities.
- Civic and Service Day/Commitment to Community: Colorado State University and CSU Athletics are collaborating with area municipalities to develop a day that recognizes the individuals and civic entities that help make Northern Colorado such a special place to call home. Additional details will be announced in the near future.
- Denver Day: With 60,000 Colorado State University alumni calling the Denver metro area home, as well as Denver serving as an important business and occupational partner for CSU, this game day will be programmed to actively engage Denver area alums and commerce collaborators. More information will be released soon.
In addition, the annual Rams Alumni Athletes Association (RAAA) All-Sports Reunion will again take place in 2018 during a game weekend to be determined.
New season ticket commitments for 2018 are now being accepted by contacting the Rams Sales Team at 800-491-RAMS (7267) or visiting www.CSURams.com/tickets. With the season ticket renewal period having recently closed, the seat upgrade process will begin in early April for any renewed season ticket holder. When that process is complete, new season ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to begin selecting their seats for the 2018 season. In addition, all season ticket holders will be contacted in early May with the first opportunity to purchase tickets to away games, additional home games and additional Rocky Mountain Showdown tickets.
Three-game mini-plan packages will go on sale June 25 and single-game tickets will go on sale July 25. Exclusive pre-sales for both will be offered for CSU faculty, staff alumni and donors. On-sale dates for Rocky Mountain Showdown tickets will be announced later this spring.
Student tickets for the first home game may begin to be claimed on Aug. 7, and will be made available to claim for subsequent games on the Monday following each home game. The student ticket claim process will again be offered through the special student ticket portal.
The Colorado State athletics department provides a special football game day website, which provides in-depth information on everything from tickets to parking, tailgating, game day logistics and much more. The website can be found at www.CSURams.com/footballgameday. More information for specific games, and new procedures and offerings, will be added to the page as the season draws closer.
The Second Annual FORTitude 10K road race, which will finish in the new stadium, is scheduled for Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018, on the weekend between the Rams’ first two home games. Registration is open now for the community race at the Early Start rate of $45, with special pricing for ages 14 and under, and 65 and over. Registration increases to $50 after July 4, 2018. Click here for more.
2018 Colorado State Football Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. Hawai`i
Friday, Aug. 31 vs. Colorado (Denver)—7:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 8 vs. Arkansas
Saturday, Sept. 15 at Florida
Saturday, Sept. 22 vs. Illinois State
Saturday, Oct. 6 at San José State
Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. New Mexico
Friday, Oct. 19 at Boise State—7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Oct. 27 vs. Wyoming
Saturday, Nov. 10 at Nevada
Saturday, Nov. 17 vs. Utah State
Saturday, Nov. 24 at Air Force
*Home games in bold
More kickoff times and TV information to be released later this spring