The rivalry rolls on

Mar 312004
Authors: Sports Staff

Mark your calendars sports fans. For the next decade, Colorado

State’s gridiron battle with the Colorado Buffaloes will highlight

both teams’ schedules, according to an announcement the schools’

athletics directors made Wednesday. CSU’s Mark Driscoll and CU’s

Dick Tharp jointly announced that Colorado’s two largest public

institutions reached an agreement to play each other in football

through 2014, extending the in-state gridiron rivalry.

“This is a very exciting day for the athletic departments and

the football programs at both institutions,” Driscoll said in a

news release. “We are very excited to be able to extend the series

for 10 more years. This announcement signifies a commitment by both

institutions to continue the growth and popularity that the series

has enjoyed.”

Before the announcement was made, the rivalry appeared to be on

the brink of extinction with no games between the two teams

scheduled beyond 2005. Driscoll and Tharp, however, worked

diligently over the past months to change that and together managed

to extend the passionate rivalry.

“Both institutions worked diligently over the past several

months to ensure the future of the series,” Driscoll said. “It is

important to the continued welfare of both programs, as well as to

the alumni members, donors, fans and students of both institutions,

that we continue the series.”

Under terms of the agreement, Colorado will host the next two

games in 2004 and 2005 at Folsom Field in Boulder, followed by a

CSU-hosted encounter at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver – the

site of the rivalry since 1998 with three of those games played at

the original Mile High Stadium.

Furthermore, the extension calls for three additional games in

Boulder (2007, ’10,

’11), four games at Mile High (2006, ’08, ’13, ’14), and two

others (2009, ’12) that CSU can select to play in either Denver or

Fort Collins.

Driscoll said the school would decide in coming years whether to

play the games in 2009 or 2012 in Denver or Fort Collins.

“Denver has proven to be a tremendous site for the game for the

student-athletes and the fans in the past six years,” Driscoll

said. “It will be exciting to have the opportunity to return the

series to Denver in the near future. We will also have the

opportunity in the future, if we desire, to bring the game to Fort


“This series has truly earned a well-deserved place on the

national landscape as one of the most exciting rivalries in college



Future Games

Date Location Host

Sept. 9, 2006 INVESCO Field Colorado State

Sept. 1, 2007 Folsom Field Colorado

Aug. 30, 2008 INVESCO Field Colorado State

Sept. 5, 2009 CSU Choice Colorado State

Sept. 4, 2010 Folsom Field Colorado

Sept. 3, 2011 Folsom Field Colorado

Sept. 1, 2012 CSU Choice Colorado State

Aug. 31, 2013 INVESCO Field Colorado

Aug. 30, 2014 INVESCO Field Colorado State

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