Students cheering for Rams football may have more eyes watching
than they realize.
For at least 15 years, the CSU Police Department has been
videotaping CSU football fans inside and outside of Sonny Lubick
Field at Hughes Stadium.
“There is a master camera in the command post which videotapes
the crowds within the stadium. There are also roving cameras on the
concourse and parking lots,” said CSUPD Capt. Bob Chaffee.
These cameras are in place to monitor students’ behavior,
traffic flow, tailgating and encounters between police officers and
Graduate accounting student Chris Thomas was not familiar with
the monitoring system at Hughes.
“I don’t mind it as long as (CSUPD) doesn’t abuse their power.
If something really bad were to happen, some sort of check would be
in place,” Thomas said.
Chaffee said the police are not focused on students drinking in
the stadium, but rather on rowdy behavior.
“Sometimes students will complain that they got pushed by an
officer or the other way around. With the cameras, we have
documentation of not only the bad guys, but of our officers’
behavior and what really happened,” Chaffee said.
In addition to monitoring behavior and traffic flow, the cameras
have recorded people passed out in the parking lot and around the
Still, some students think the cameras are unnecessary.
“I don’t agree with the cameras. It is a violation of privacy. I
don’t think it will do much, but the students should know they are
being videotaped,” said Kira Debus, a junior business management
Louis Janke, a junior health and exercise science major,
believes the police are trying to fix a problem that may not exist.
He added that the cameras may make the students feel that they are
not trusted to behave themselves.
Despite some student concerns, Chaffee said CSUPD hopes to
implement additional cameras in the future.