University of Colorado-Boulder officials will not implement
increased security at the CSU vs. CU football game Saturday.
“We will be staffing the CU-CSU football game with our typical
contingent of police officers,” said CU Police Department Lt. J.
Timothy McGraw. “We believe the number of officers at the game is
adequate to provide help to fans attending the game and to deal
with any issues which might arise.”
The typical contingent consists of 60 police officers and an
excess of 100 security ushers, McGraw said.
“The CU Police Department has a lot of experience with game
management. Along with the event staff, I trust that this is
sufficient coverage for any foreseeable concerns,” said CSU Police
Department Capt. Bob Chaffee.
Some CSU students are not worried about the number of police
officers at the game, and they remain optimistic about having a
“I think it is adequate – I just figure they know what they are
doing,” said Evan Schulte, freshman music major. “You usually have
to provoke things or be looking for trouble in order to get in
trouble. I’m just going to steer clear.”
In addition to the CU police, four CSU police officers will be
at the game as well.
“We are also planning increased coverage here on our campus
related to recent events and possible celebration events in Fort
Collins,” Chaffee said.
CSU police officers are hoping that their presence at the game
will be preventative in nature, but CSU police will support CU
police in safety management efforts.
“There will probably be a few arrests, but I hope that our
students will show the class we expect from CSU students and won’t
be in those arrest statistics,” Chaffee said.
Chaffee also reminds students who chose to drink to do so
“Any time a person consumes too much they endanger themselves
and others,” he said. “They face consequences that they would have
considered more critical if they were sober.”
However, in contrast to CSU’s policy, alcohol is prohibited at
“We are strict about disallowing intoxicated persons into the
game, and fans (who) enter the venue are subject to search,” McGraw
Yet, even with reassurances of adequate security, Melanie
Calderwood, a junior agriculture business major, will be cautious
after her previous experience with CU.
Calderwood played the mellophone in the CSU Marching Band last
year when CU fans punched a band member in the face and threw beer
bottles at the group following the game.
“It’s just not safe,” Calderwood said. “Their fans are out of
control and they need to recognize that and do something about
Still, Calderwood is not scared away from this year’s game.
“I love CSU – I bleed green and gold,” she said. “I love to
support CSU athletics and CSU football.”
Graphic Idea: A Pull Put Box listing prohibited items at Folsom
Items to Leave at Home
* Gallon Thermoses
* Ice Chests
* Cans, glass, or plastic disposable bottles
* Fruit that’s not sliced
* Signs, banners, or flags that obstruct, endanger, or are
One bag per person
CU Police: 492-6666