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Sep 132009
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

CSU athletics this season is running the campaign of “Defend the Fort,” in an attempt to make both Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena difficult places to play no matter what sport.

Thank you CSU students, for supporting an improving football team Saturday and helping make that a reality.

Shame on you alumni, Fort Collins community members and other season ticket holders who didn’t show up.

For the first time since the No. 10 Cal Bears came to Fort Collins in 2007, CSU sold all 10,000 of their student tickets for Saturday’s game against FCS opponent Weber State, and that’s great.

However, the official attendance on Saturday was 23,417. When you subtract 10,000 students you’re left with 13,417 non-student fans.

In a stadium that seats nearly 35,000 with a record attendance of 39,107, that is just unacceptable.

Sure there was a light rain falling from the sky and the Rams were playing a team who plays in the same conference as the University of Northern Colorado, but that’s no excuse.

It’s hard to defend the Fort when, even on Ag Day, virtually none of this university’s alumni show up.

A one-point victory over Weber State is nothing to riot about, but a win is a win –/not to mention WSU is a better team than CU-Boulder. CSU will host former WAC rival Nevada this weekend, and for all of you who didn’t show up on Saturday, be like the postal service and, rain or shine, get to the stadium.

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