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The Stadium Advisory Committee assigned to determine the feasibility of a new stadium is supposed to make a recommendation to Frank at the end of spring semester in mid-May. Frank will take the summer to consider its findings.
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If Frank approves the stadium, plans must then be approved by the CSU Board of Governors before they can move forward. The stadium could cost as much as $200 million and seat approximately 40,000.
The announcement was made a a public forum Monday night, which was attended by both supporters and dissenters. Another forum with the same content will be held tonight, at McGraw Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m.
Populous, a firm hired by CSU to serve as the design consultant for the project, also gave a presentation discussing its methods for determining stadium feasibility. The presentation described the firm’s process for evaluating a project from market study to specific plans, complete with designs and cost estimates.
Populous is among the nation’s top stadium designers, and is currently working on an on-campus stadium for Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Monday night’s discussion followed a meeting last week of the stadium opposition group, Save Our Stadium, Hughes, which featured Ohio University professor and CSU graduate David Ridpath, who called the proposed stadium a “boondoggle.”
Ridpath is a nationally recognized intercollegiate athletics expert who published a book titled “Tainted Glory,” about his experiences with collegiate athletics.