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New Colorado State AD Jack Graham Envisions An On-Campus Stadium

New Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham has been on the job for about a week and he is already thinking big. Graham envisions an on-campus stadium and wants to raise at least $100 million from public and private funds for the project. The idea for this project is to be more than just a football stadium and that it would not be a long-term project but something that he would want to see begin right away

"I have a strong preference that this is more than just a football stadium," Graham said Monday. "That it's a gathering place and a social experience and, even when football games aren't being played, that students can be at the stadium on plazas looking into the field and having a cup of coffee and studying some really nice landscaping.

"It's not just a steel box of a place, but it's actually an enhancement to the footprint and the architecture of the university. It should not be a detraction; it should very much be an enhancement."

The project was first discussed during a team meeting when Graham addressed the players about the firing of head coach Steve Fairchild. Players such as sophomore running back Chris Nwoke said that an on-campus stadium would be "fantastic." Graham also believes that having their football stadium on campus grounds will help with recruiting, create traditions and increase fan support.

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