With the Rams football home season just beginning, the parking
lot at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium has been filling
Last Saturday’s home opener against Minnesota had a record
number of tickets sold and as a result the parking lot was packed.
While students are watching the game, that parking lot may be the
farthest thing from their mind. But car break-ins and damages are
common at football games.
“During the last game we had one car window broken into,” said
Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department. “We also had hood
damage, from students who sometimes walk on cars.”
According to statistics from last season, there were
approximately 40 police officers at each game, and only a few of
these were in the parking lot.
“There are usually four State Patrol Officers in the parking lot
and two of our own,” Chaffee said.
Break-ins and damages can happen at any time, and the number of
damages per game varies.
“They happen at various times throughout the season. We try to
be in the right place at the right time, and sometimes we are and
can deal with the situation,” Chaffee said.
Statistics from last season show that there were around 12
students removed each game and about 15 total summons and arrests
per game as well.
“If there were officers to spare, it wouldn’t hurt to have them
in the parking lot during games,” said Jeff Horinek, a freshman
health and exercise science major.
Other students agree.
“Sure, it’d be nice to have police in the lot, but there are
some already there, watching the tailgating,” said Billy Campbell,
a senior biology major.
With several break-ins each year, police urge students to be
careful with their belongings.
“Don’t leave things obviously visible that are valuable in your
car,” Chaffee said. “If you catch an act in progress you should
obviously call 911, and if you come after the fact call 491-6425 to
get a hold of us. We’re in the lot doing the best we can to watch
the cars. Hopefully we’re in the right place to stop something
before it happens.”