Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn mentioned over and over in December how badly the school needed to upgrade its athletic facilities in order to compete in the Pac-12. The athletic department is now putting their money where their mouth is, to the tune of $170 million.
CU Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Bohn and head football coach Mike MacIntyre jointly presented Colorado's plan to improve the Buffaloes' football facilities.
“This is a strong commitment to success by the president, the chancellor and the university as a whole,” said MacIntyre said in the school's statement. “These facilities will represent to our current and future players the dual commitments to excellence, and to be successful year-in and year-out, at the University of Colorado. The entire university community wants to sustain excellence in everything we do, and at the same time, keep moving forward. This commitment represents both of these desires.”
Pending approval from the CU Board of Regents, the plan includes a new academic center, an indoor practice facility, an expanded space for football operations inside the Dal Ward Athletic Center, increasing the safety of Folsom Field's east side stands and redeveloping the west side stands.
“This plan represents a carefully conceived, strategic investment in our future in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Bohn. “It will position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation. It will improve the performance of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom, and it will enhance our fan experience.”