An artist’s rendering shows Colorado State University’s new on-campus stadium, planned for completion in 2017. Courtesy Colorado State University

CSU receives $20M donation to keep ‘Sonny Lubick Field’ moniker at new stadium

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University announced on Friday that an anonymous donor’s $20 million gift ensures that the moniker “Sonny Lubick Field” will be transferred from Hughes Stadium to the Rams’ new on-campus football stadium when it opens for the 2017 season.

CSU will receive the money over the next 30 years. The deal provides a bit of a double boost for the school as it leaves open the ability for CSU to seek a stadium naming rights partner as well.

School officials said on Friday that construction of the $220 million stadium remains on-time and on-budget.

“This gift agreement exceeds the amount we originally anticipated for both the stadium and field naming rights,” CSU vice president for university advancement Brett Anderson said in a press release. “The generous and selfless decision to make a gift and honor Coach Lubick provides a huge assist to our funding model.”

Lubick was CSU’s head football coach from 1993 to 2007, leading the Rams to six conference titles. His name has adorned the field at Hughes Stadium since 2004, when Fort Collins philanthropist Pat Stryker’s Bohemian Foundation donated $15.2 million to the athletics department for stadium renovations that included new artificial turf, the expansion of club-level seating and suits, additional stadium seating and a new video board.

“We are thrilled to continue to honor the legacy of one of the true greats in Colorado State history,” CSU president Tony Frank said. “Coach Sonny Lubick showed CSU how to win and be competitive at the highest levels — and in doing so, he helped set a trajectory that continues to this day.”

The donation marks the second $20 million gift the university has announced this month. On March 2, CSU announced that another anonymous donor was contributing $20 million toward the establishment of the Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.

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