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Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Fort Collins, CO

Home of the Colorado State Rams

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Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (map it)
S Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80526


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Year Opened: 1968

Capacity: 34,400

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Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium drips of history, even when just saying the name of the stadium aloud. 

Originally named Hughes Stadium, which opened in 1968, it was named after Harry W. Hughes, the head coach of the then Colorado Agricultural and Mechancal College Aggies football team for 31 seasons (1911-41). Hughes took the Aggies from winless in 1911 to undefeated in 1915. During his three-decade long reign as the head man, Hughes led the Aggies to eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships and was the school's Athletic Director from 1911 until his death in 1953. Hughes brought Colorado A&M some national fame with the "Million Dollar Play," a triple reverse, and he broke the color barrier in Colorado football in 1939 when he played John Mosley.

Then, in 2003, the stadium was renamed Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in order to honor arguably Colorado State University's greatest head coach, Sonny Lubick. Lubick took over as the Rams head coach in 1993, when the school was widely regarded as one of the worst football schools in the nation (CSU had only seven winning seasons from 1960-1992). Lubick led Colorado State to a 10-2 season in 1994, was named Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and won his first bowl for the school in 1997. Overall, Sonny Lubick enjoyed 10 straight winning seasons (1994-2003), won or shared six Western Athletic Conference or Mountain West Conference titles, and went 3-5 in bowls over that time.

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is not only historical in name though, it reeks with history inside and out. 

The stadium, which was originally built in a natural bowl, is made mostly of somewhat bland-looking concrete. While walking up to the gates from the vast dirt parking lots, giant concrete staircases greet visitors as they climb up and into the stadium. The gray exterior is anything but visually attractive, although the Rocky Mountain foothills with the "A" for Aggies and beautifully blue Colorado skies do set a visually stunning backdrop for a football game.

Under the east stands where alumni cheer on their Rams, far below the newer luxuory suites and redone press box, more attention to history has been paid. The recent additions of giant murals celebrating CSU's biggest triumphs on the football field along the west concourse certainly add something visually to the stadium.

Walk around the south side for open standing and great views of the field, and keep walking to find the student section on the east side. There, parties in the stands are happening every Saturday, with female students being tossed in the air by their male counterparts to celebrate scores. The band also calls the west stands home and they're constantly pumping up all the Fort Collins faithful during games. Keep walking around the stadium to find food, drinks and more seating in the north end zone, which was added in 2005, bringing capacity up to 32,500.

Other recent additions include the field turf (2006), a video scoreboard (2006), as well as a facelift to the stadium's grounds (2010-11) complete with a frisbee golf course, trees and rocks for seating areas before and after games.

Overall, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium isn't glamorous, it isn't pretty, it isn't even modern. But when it's packed and rockin' it's always a fun time in Fort Collins.

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  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
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Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

While there have been upgrades to other parts of the stadium, the food and beverage options are still minimal at best.

There are burgers, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, candy and sodas for fans to snack on during the game. And for the first half of games, fans can buy 3.2 beer, too.

Tailgating is still allowed on stadium grounds and is a fun time for families and friends to get together before and after contests to get their grub and drink on, toss around the pigskin and enjoy the Colorado sunshine. Bringing a grill and making food pregame is suggested.

Atmosphere    4

Hughes has the atmosphere of a college stadium, but it's not so wild that kids are constantly being arrested and thrown out of games. If you want a crazier time, venture into the student section and be ready to stand the entire game on the metal bleachers. There's no sitting in the student section! And make sure to sing along with the band, it gives the stadium a more hometown feel.

If you would rather sit and cheer, stick with the west or north sides. Hughes is family-friendly and there's a wide range of ages of fans attending games.

Now that the Rams are competitive again, the atmosphere is great, loud, fun and raucous. Especially during more highly attended games such as Ag Day or Homecoming.

Neighborhood    2

The stadium is miles from the center of town, and thus, miles from anything cool. Old Town is where most of the bars and restaurants are located, while Campus West has a few spots to offer and is a bit closer to Hughes.

Originally, it was built out on the west side of town when the school bought that land for cheap following the Horsetooth Reservoir construction and there's a new effort to bring an on-campus stadium to Colorado State. Though, that's still being decided by University officials.

Fans    4

Fans of Colorado State football can be summed up like this; when the team is consistently competitive, the fans will flock to the stadium. Even while winning in 2013, attendance was lousy. But following the team's Gildan New Mexico Bowl win and continued success to start 2014, the fans are back!

They've been loud and proud this season, attendance has risen along with the team. That includes the mostly apathetic student fan base, which still shows up late and leaves early, but for most of the first half, they pack the stands.

With the new partnership with Under Armor, CSU fans have really upped their gear game, sporting new jerseys, sweatshirts and more.

Access    2

Access to the games isn't great, but it works OK. Arguably, the lack of great access leads to lots of fans filing in late, as traffic jams on Overland Trail are an every week ordeal.

To get to Hughes, you can either take Drake or Prospect west to Overland Trail and follow the long lines of cars into the vast dirt parking lots. Parking is $10, which is reasonable, or free with a valid student ID.

Return on Investment    4

Games are certainly affordable, with tickets ranging from $22-$70 during the 2014 season. Food is also reasonably priced, though, the selection isn't great.

They say it's impossible today for a family of four to attend a sporting event for $100, but Hughes makes it possible.

Extras    3

CSU ROTC shoots off the cannon from the southeast end zone at kickoff to alert everyone who may still be partying in the parking lot that the game is underway. It also blasts - with incredible force - every time the Rams score. So be prepared for that.

The Colorado State band is great, they perform every halftime and bring something new each week. And the CSU Poms have upped their dancing in recent years too. Plus, there are contests for fans, like completing a touchdown pass on the field, throwing a football into the bed of a Toyota truck and more.

I enjoyed the atmosphere...

Sure they've struggled over the past few years, but I've been to a couple of games Hughes Stadium recently and enjoyed my time there. Caught a game against TCU and Wyoming. Though neither were close to capacity crowds, both games had an involved student section. The band is definitely a plus. I really hope the recent news of adding an on-campus stadium doesn't come to fruition. The current stadium is just a few blocks from the campus and nestled at the foothills of the Rockies.

by pwdonaldson | Jul 02, 2012 10:04 PM

Time for CSU to build a new on-campus stadium!

Hughes is old, run down, has few amenities of a modern stadium, and the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. As a die-hard Ram fan, it is time CSU made the commitment to building an on-campus stadium. The tailgating at Hughes is pretty much the only benefit, but even that can be enhanced with a traditions and atmosphere of being on-campus. The "Bold New Era" can only be achieved with the building of the planned stadium. I'm proud CSU plans to move forward with it and hope they do so sooner rather then later.

by CSURamT | Jul 08, 2013 03:53 PM

Seats for the FoCo faithful

Are $35 - $50 - $75 for seats on the West side between the 30-yard lines. A little overpriced, but as you noted in the review: they're for the 'faithful.'

by rekappatau | Oct 04, 2014 10:53 AM

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Crowd Reviews

History, Apathy, and Hope

Total Score: 2.29

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium drips of history, even when just saying the name of the stadium aloud.

Originally Hughes Stadium, which opened in 1968, it was named after Harry W. Hughes, the head coach of the then Colorado Agricultural College Aggies football team for 31 seasons (1911-41). Hughes took the Aggies from winless in 1911 to undefeated in 1915. During his three-decade long reign as the head man, Hughes led the Aggies to eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships and was the school's Athletic Director from 1911 until his death in 1953. Hughes brought Colorado Agricultural College some national fame with the "Million Dollar Play," a triple reverse, and he broke the color barrier in Colorado football in 1939 when he played John Mosley.

Then, in 2003, the stadium was renamed Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in order to honor arguably Colorado State University's greatest head coach, Sonny Lubick. Lubick took over as the Rams head coach in 1993, when the school was widely regarded as one of the worst football schools in the nation (CSU had only seven winning seasons from 1960-1992). Lubick led Colorado State to a 10-2 season in 1994, was named Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and won his first bowl for the school in 1997. Overall, Sonny Lubick enjoyed 10 straight winning seasons (1994-2003), won or shared six Western Athletic Conference or Mountain West Conference titles, and went 3-5 in bowls over that time.

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is not only historical in name though, it reeks with history inside and out.

The stadium, which was originally built in a natural bowl, is made mostly of somewhat bland-looking concrete. While walking up to the gates from the vast dirt parking lots, giant concrete staircases greet visitors as they climb up and into the stadium. The gray exterior is anything but visually attractive, although the Rocky Mountain foothills with the "A" for Aggies and beautifully blue Colorado skies do set a visually stunning backdrop for a football game.

Once inside, the broad concourse walkways make for a great place to meet up with friends before, during and after the game, and they offer places for food, drink and restroom breaks.

The east side of the stadium is the student section and is general admission "seating," although no one sits on the aluminum benches while there is action on the gridiron. The west stands have six sections of seats with backs and are for the rest of the Fort Collins faithful. The stands rise out of the natural bowl and are capped off by a press box and 12 luxury suites. The suites and 4,400 seats in the north end zone were added in 2005, expanding the seating capacity of the stadium to 32,500. FieldTurf was added in 2006 (after some Wyoming University students bleached a WU in the grass the year before), and the scoreboard was improved to include a jumbotron for video replays to finish off the latest round of renovations in 2006.

Walking around the stadium is like walking back in time, and you wonder what the huge coliseum-esque pillars underneath the west stands would say if they could talk.

Overall, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium isn't glamorous, it isn't pretty, it isn't even modern""but when it's packed and rockin' it's always a fun time in Fort Collins.

Hughes Stadium - Colorado State

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 0

Expect a solid experience, but don't expect to be blown away. Nothing special on the concessions menu, but they have a pretty active student section and a heck of a view at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

Gotta grab a picture with the live mascot "Cam the Ram" outside the stadium before the game.

History, Apathy, and a New Hope

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium drips of history, even when just saying the name of the stadium aloud.

Originally Hughes Stadium, which opened in 1968, it was named after Harry W. Hughes, the head coach of the then Colorado Agricultural College Aggies football team for 31 seasons (1911-41). Hughes took the Aggies from winless in 1911 to undefeated in 1915. During his three-decade long reign as the head man, Hughes led the Aggies to eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships and was the school's Athletic Director from 1911 until his death in 1953. Hughes brought Colorado Agricultural College some national fame with the "Million Dollar Play," a triple reverse, and he broke the color barrier in Colorado football in 1939 when he played John Mosley.

Then, in 2003, the stadium was renamed Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in order to honor arguably Colorado State University's greatest head coach, Sonny Lubick. Lubick took over as the Rams head coach in 1993, when the school was widely regarded as one of the worst football schools in the nation (CSU had only seven winning seasons from 1960-1992). Lubick led Colorado State to a 10-2 season in 1994, was named Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and won his first bowl for the school in 1997. Overall, Sonny Lubick enjoyed 10 straight winning seasons (1994-2003), won or shared six Western Athletic Conference or Mountain West Conference titles, and went 3-5 in bowls over that time.

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is not only historical in name though, it reeks with history inside and out.

The stadium, which was originally built in a natural bowl, is made mostly of somewhat bland-looking concrete. While walking up to the gates from the vast dirt parking lots, giant concrete staircases greet visitors as they climb up and into the stadium. The gray exterior is anything but visually attractive, although the Rocky Mountain foothills with the "A" for Aggies and beautifully blue Colorado skies do set a visually stunning backdrop for a football game.

Once inside, the broad concourse walkways make for a great place to meet up with friends before, during and after the game, and they offer places for food, drink and restroom breaks.

The east side of the stadium is the student section and is general admission "seating," although no one sits on the aluminum benches while there is action on the gridiron. The west stands have six sections of seats with backs and are for the rest of the Fort Collins faithful. The stands rise out of the natural bowl and are capped off by a press box and 12 luxury suites. The suites and 4,400 seats in the north end zone were added in 2005, expanding the seating capacity of the stadium to 32,500. FieldTurf was added in 2006 (after some Wyoming University students bleached a WU in the grass the year before), and the scoreboard was improved to include a jumbotron for video replays to finish off the latest round of renovations in 2006.

That was, until they gave the grounds a major facelift. In 2010 and 2011, the school transformed a field on the stadium grounds into a frisbee golf course that's open to the public, while improving the area immediately surrounding the stadium. To the southeast, there are new grass fields, perfect for picnics or playing on pregame, with rock sitting areas and lots of trees. Inside, many murals of the biggest moments in Colorado State football history hang on the giant pillars in the east concourse.

And it looks as if those will be the final improvements to the ancient arena, as the university's board of governors decided to move forward in a campaign to raise $250 million to fund a new, on-campus stadium that could open as early as 2015.

Walking around the stadium is like walking back in time, and you wonder what the huge coliseum-esque pillars underneath the west stands would say if they could talk.

Overall, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium isn't glamorous, it isn't pretty, it isn't even modern - but when it's packed and rockin' it's always a fun time in Fort Collins.

Love CSU, Hughes Leaves a lot to be desired

Total Score: 0.71

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 1
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 0
  • RoI: 0
  • Extras: 0

Tailgating in the lot around Hughes is fun when packed but unfortunately the location of Hughes Stadium makes it the forgotten facility. The face-lift it was give a few years ago was not the problem, the location is the problem. There is little to no public transportation to the stadium, it is on the outskirts of town that no one goes to unless they have to, and it is just far enough away from campus that students would rather sleep-in then attend a game. The only thing Hughes has going for it is that they sell beer until half-time, other then that CSU needs to build a stadium on-campus to create that game-day atmosphere that will really show-off how amazing CSU is. Moving forward on building an on-campus stadium is about the best idea CSU has had in a long time. Heck, they can always use the Hughes lot to park people at and bus them over to campus, but busing people away from campus and away from all the restaurants, shops, breweries, etc. that Fort Collins has to offer has been hurting both CSU & Fort Collins for far too long.

Lovable Dump

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Been to over 100 games at Hughes since I was a Freshmen at CSU in 1993. It is a dump. But I love it. Can't wait until it is gone though for an on campus stadium.

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