Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium


Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
nickname =


location = S. Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80526
broke_ground = May 1967
opened = September 28, 1968
closed =
demolished =
owner = Colorado State University
operator = Colorado State University
surface = FieldTurf
construction_cost = | $2,800,000 architect =
former_names = | Hughes Stadium tenants = Colorado State University Rams (NCAA) (1968-Present)
seating_capacity = 34,400

Hughes Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. It is the home field of the Colorado State University Rams of the Mountain West Conference.

Hughes Stadium opened in 1968 on the west edge of Fort Collins, four miles west of the school's campus. It replaced the old Colorado Field, a 12,000-seat on-campus stadium. [MacCambridge, Michael, ed. "ESPN College Football Encyclopedia." New York: Hyperion, 2005, p. 238.] Hughes Stadium sits in a natural oval bowl, with seating on three sides and an open grass berm (not open for seating) behind the south endzone. The west (home side) stands are expanded out of the bowl and capped by a press box. The stadium is named for Harry W. Hughes, the head coach for 31 seasons (1911–41) at then-Colorado Agricultural. [http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/mountainwest/colorado_state/coaching_records.php] The field itself was named in 2003 in honor of current head coach Sonny Lubick, who arrived in 1993, replacing Earle Bruce.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 34,400 with club seats and 12 luxury suites, completed in 2005. The playing field, at an elevation of 5190 feet (1582 m) above sea level [http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=12&Z=13&X=610&Y=5612&W=2&qs=%7cFort+Collins%7cCO%7c] , was natural grass from 1968–2005; FieldTurf was installed in the summer of 2006. [http://csurams.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/062906aab.html]

The first game at Hughes Stadium was played on September 28, 1968, a 17-12 loss to North Texas. From October 21, 1989 to August 21, 1991, the Rams won eight consecutive games at the stadium, a school record.

Bob Dylan recorded the NBC television special and live concert album "Hard Rain" at Hughes Stadium during a May 1976 rainstorm.cite web
title = Still On The Road: 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue II
author = Björner, Olof
date = Updated 2006
url = http://www.bjorner.com/DSN03275%201976%20Rolling%20Thunder%20Revue%20II.htm
and cite web
title = Warehouse Eyes - Hard Rain
author = James, Peter
date = 2003-2006
url = http://warehouseeyes.netfirms.com/hardrain.html
accessdate = 2007-02-19
]

References

External links

* [http://csurams.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/062906aab.html CSU Rams.cstv.com - official athletics site] - FieldTurf installation - 29-June-2006
* [http://football.ballparks.com/NCAA/MountainWest/ColoradoState/index.htm Hughes Stadium page @ ballparks.com]
* [http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_pictures/north_america/united_states/colorado/fort_collins_hughes.shtml World Stadiums.com] - photos - Hughes Stadium
* [http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=1&S=11&Z=13&X=1220&Y=11225&W=1&qs=%7cFort+Collins%7cCO%7c Terraserver,microsoft.com] - aerial photo of stadium


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