If you’re a beer drinker, you’ll probably recognize one of Colorado State’s biggest stadium donors.
New Belgium Brewing has given the school $4.3 million towards the construction of an on-campus football stadium. Both New Belgium and Colorado State are located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“We’re delighted to expand our partnership with New Belgium Brewing – and to honor the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our community by highlighting a tremendously successful, home-grown brand at the new stadium,” CSU president Tony Frank said in a statement.
As part of the gift, New Belgium gets north end zone hospitality naming rights. It’s nice to see an area at a stadium named for a craft beer rather than simply for a Budweiser brand or Miller Lite. It’ll also be really cool if the school doesn’t charge a ridiculous amount for New Belgium beers either.
Colorado State is moving to replace Hughes Stadium. This spring, anonymous donors gave $20 million to the stadium project to make sure the new field was named after former Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick.
The stadium is set to open in 2017 with an estimated cost of $220 million. The school said in the release announcing the New Belgium gift that it’s raised $51 million towards the stadium since the project was approved. The school said 17 of the 22 suites to be build in the new stadium have already been sold and all indoor club seating is sold out.
CSU went 7-6 in 2015.
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