"We are anxious to have alumni, fans and friends of Colorado State University return to campus in the fall to celebrate these events with us."
Colorado State's football team plays five home games at Hughes Stadium in 2002, including games against the University of Louisville, last season's Conference USA champion, defending Mountain West Conference champion BYU, and archrival Wyoming.
Ag Day, the first major event on the home schedule, takes place Saturday, Sept. 14, when the Rams face Louisville. The football game begins at 8 p.m. MT and will be televised live nationally by ESPN2. The Ag Day event celebrates the state and university's agricultural heritage and will take place prior to the game at Hughes Stadium.
Colorado State's game Oct. 12 against Border War rival Wyoming has been designated as Homecoming Weekend.
For the past decade, the athletic department and university has joined together with the city of Fort Collins for a community celebration of Homecoming Weekend, including a Saturday morning parade through downtown.
This year, the university will celebrate Family Weekend Oct. 18-19, with the anchor events being home volleyball matches with BYU and the University of Utah, respectively.
"We have the opportunity to highlight our volleyball program, one of the best in the country, while at the same time carry on the tradition of Family Weekend," said Hathaway. "We want to welcome back friends and family to our campus and use a pair of premier volleyball matches as showcase events."
Colorado State's Hall of Fame Game will take place Thursday night, Oct. 24 when the Rams play host to BYU at Hughes Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally by either ESPN or ESPN2. The following night, Friday, Oct. 25, the school's newest class of inductees will join the school's hall of fame during banquet ceremonies at the University Park Holiday Inn.
University officials also announced that the annual 1870 Recognition Dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, in the Lory Student Center. This event recognizes and honors major donors to the University.
Hathaway said that Salute to Armed Forces Day and Spirit of America Day will be held at Hughes Stadium Saturday, Nov. 23, when the Rams play host to the University of New Mexico.
The school will honor and recognize members of the nation's armed forces, as well as local law enforcement, fire prevention, and emergency/rescue personnel.
Additional gametimes and telecast plans are pending.
Colorado State enters the 2002 season having played in three consecutive bowl games and six in the past eight seasons under coach Sonny Lubick's guidance - the most bowl appearances by any MWC member over that span. The Rams have also appeared on regional and national television 77 times, most among current league members.
The Rams begin the 2002 season by playing against the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 22 in the Jim Thorpe Association Classic, the first of 13 regular season games on the schedule.
Following the opening game, Colorado State faces the University of Colorado at INVESCO FIELD at Mile High in Denver Aug. 31, followed by a date at UCLA on Sept. 7, before returning home to face Louisville, Sept. 14.
For ticket information, call 491-RAMS, toll free 1-800-491-RAMS, or visit the school's official website, CSURAMS.com.
2002 Special Events
Sept. 14 Louisville Ag Day
Oct. 12 Wyoming Homecoming
Oct. 24 Brigham Young Hall of Fame Game
Nov. 23 New Mexico Salute to Armed Forces Day; Spirit of America Day