CSU's Mark Driscoll and Dick Tharp of Colorado said today they have reached an agreement to extend the in-state rivalry.
The teams are scheduled to meet Sept. 4, 2004 at Folsom Field in Boulder, then again in 2005 at the Buffaloes' home field. The teams then faced a two-year hiatus in the series with no games scheduled in either 2006 or '07.
However, Driscoll and Tharp worked together the past several months not only to extend the series, but also include games in 2006 and '07.
"This is a very exciting day for the athletic departments and the football programs at both institutions," said Driscoll. "We are very excited to be able to extend the series for 10 more years.
"This announcement signifies a commitment by both institutions to continue the growth and popularity that the series has enjoyed."
"Both institutions worked diligently over the past several months to ensure the future of the series," Driscoll said. "It is important to the continued welfare of both programs, as well as to the alumni members, donors, fans and students of both institutions, that we continue the series.
"This series has truly earned a well-deserved place on the national landscape as one of the most exciting rivalries in college football."
Under terms of the agreement, Colorado will host the next two games, with the Rams' then serving as host for the game in 2006 to be played at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver. The extension calls for three additional games in Boulder (2007, '10,'11), four games at INVESCO Field at Mile High (2006, '08, '13, '14), and two others (2009, '12) that CSU can select to play in either Denver or Fort Collins.
The first two meetings of the teams in Denver will be CSU's home game, with Colorado serving as the host in 2013, and CSU hosting the following year. Driscoll also said the school would decide in coming years whether to play the games in 2009 or '12 in Denver or Fort Collins.
"Denver has proven to be a tremendous site for the game for the student-athletes and the fans in the past six years," said Driscoll. "It will be exciting to have the opportunity to return the series to Denver in the near future. We will also have the opportunity in the future, if we desire, to bring the game to Fort Collins."
Colorado State is in the midst of a $15.2 million renovation and expansion of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium made possible through a gift last spring by philanthropist Pat Stryker and the Bohemian Foundation, including the addition of nearly 5,000 permanent seats, luxury suites and expanded club level seating. If the stadium is further expanded in the near future, Driscoll said, the game would possibly take place in Fort Collins.
After a 25-year lapse, the teams resumed the series in 1983, and have played every year but five (1984, 1990, '91, '93, '94) since. The past six games have taken place in Denver, including the most recent three games at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Date Location Host
Sept. 9, 2006 INVESCO Field Colorado State
Sept. 1, 2007 Folsom Field Colorado
Aug. 30, 2008 INVESCO Field Colorado State
Sept. 5, 2009 CSU Choice Colorado State
Sept. 4, 2010 Folsom Field Colorado
Sept. 3, 2011 Folsom Field Colorado
Sept. 1, 2012 CSU Choice Colorado State
Aug. 31, 2013 INVESCO Field Colorado
Aug. 30, 2014 INVESCO Field Colorado State