CU Pushing for Homecoming Sellout

Colorado has sold out a Homecoming game only twice in the past 33 years. Selling out this year's Homecoming — the Oct. 8 matchup with Texas A&M — has become a priority for the Colorado athletic department. Inside, more on that effort, plus other marketing initiatives and other issues in the department.

Looking for a Homecoming Sell Out
Remarkably, Colorado has sold out just two Homecoming games in the past 33 years — those being the 1972 game vs. Oklahoma and the 1991 game vs. Missouri.

The athletic department is making a big push to sell out this year's Homecoming game, Oct. 8 vs. Texas A&M. Currently, there are 6,500 tickets remaining for that game. Texas A&M has sold their allotment of 4,000 for the game, athletic director Mike Bohn said on Tuesday.

"With our football team playing two road games in hostile environments (at Miami and Oklahoma State), we believe it's really important with a big game against Texas A&M coming up, that we really want to create a home-field advantage and really begin to build the big-game atmosphere associated with that game," Bohn said.

CU, Bohn said, will reach out to every constituent group to make its goal of a sell out. That may include offering more seats to students.

"We want to create a sense of Homecoming being a big deal at the University of Colorado," Bohn said.

Practice Bubble Being Studied
The athletic department didn't meet its goal of raising $3.7 million by Sept. 1. Bohn admitted Tuesday that goal was "really ambitious" and added he thinks they'll reach it by the end of the year.

Bohn said enough money has been raised so that the university is in a "feasibility stage" of studying what it would take to construct an indoor practice facility (practice bubble) on the CU football practice fields.

C-Club Membership Up
Membership for the university's athlete alumni group, the C-Club, has eclipsed 1,000. That's up from 350 in 2003.

Bohn Praises Student-body Spirit
The student section for home games has sold out, and have been loud during CU's first two home games.

"We couldn't be prouder of the support we're getting from our student body right now," Bohn said. "Our students really, truly are the heartbeat of our program."

The athletic department has emphasized traditional elements of building school spirit and fan support the past month. That includes holding Friday night pep rallies, featuring the CU marching band, on the Pearl Street Mall before home games.

Bohn said that along with continuing that during football season, the goal is to have that support and excitement carry over into basketball season.

American Flag Featured during Nov. 5 Missouri Game
CU is declaring the Nov. 5 home game vs. Missouri a "Salute to America Day" at Folsom. A football-field sized U.S. flag that was used in a recent Super Bowl in San Diego will appear on the field at Folsom during halftime of the game.

CU is also working to bring in 5,000 boy scouts to the game.

Suites Update
All the 41 suites are sold for the Texas A&M and Nebraska games, and CU sold a suite for the Missouri game on Tuesday.

1990 National Championship Team to get permanent honor
Bohn said there's no firm completion date yet, but plans are to put permanent lettering on the east stands that reads "University of Colorado" as well as something that salutes the 1990 national title team. Conference champions may also eventually get recognition in the stadium with banners or markers, Bohn said.

Colorado State Future Series Still Undecided
Bohn said he and CSU athletic director Mark Driscoll talk weekly, but have not yet finalized the future — if there is to be one — of the Colorado-Colorado State football series beyond 2006. Bohn said there he had no deadline for settling one way or another.

He said it's still up in the air if the 2006 game – a CSU home game — will be played at Invesco or in Fort Collins.

OSU Rebroadcast?
ABC, FSN and TBS did not pick up the Oct. 1 Colorado at Oklahoma State game. There is no chance of pay per view because the Noon (MT) kickoff time falls within the ABC time slot, and the network's contract precludes pay per view games that coincide with live broadcasts. Bohn said, however, CU is exploring some options of getting a network to rebroadcast the game locally.

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