This year, the game takes place in Boulder, but it was played from 1998-2008 in Denver at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, the usual home of the NFL’s Broncos.
But, for the next nine years of the series, the game will be back at “home” in Denver, as both schools see the pro-venue a win-win situation.
CSU athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said joyously following the announcement, “This is the state’s signature college football event and the game belongs in Denver. Mike (Bohn, CU AD), MDSC, SMC and I have worked cooperatively and diligently to craft an agreement that is beneficial for all parties involved.
This series benefits our institution, program and fans on many levels. This state is fortunate to have two premier football programs, and we’re going to continue to showcase this rivalry for at least another decade.”
It was reported by CSUrams.com that, “Approximately 43,000 Denver Metro Area residents hold degrees from CSU, and 73,000 Denver-area citizens have taken classes on the campus. When including donors, and other friends of the university, the number of CSU constituents in Denver rises to nearly 100,000,” meaning the university sees Denver as a home contest.
“This is more than a football game,” Kowalczyk said.
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