The team building the new on-campus stadium at Colorado State University celebrated the project’s topping out in early August.

The event included remarks from CSU President Tony Frank, CSU Athletics Director Joe Parker and Maja Rosenquist, senior vice president and general manager of Mortenson Construction, the general contractor. Ground was broken on the project about a year ago, and the stadium is scheduled to open in Sept. 2017.

“The thing about this project that I’m so proud of is that this facility symbolizes Colorado State University,” Frank said. “This is a university that holds itself accountable for excellence. This stadium really symbolizes that.”

When the $220-million project is complete, CSU will have an on-campus stadium for the first time in nearly 50 years. The project includes the Michael and Iris Smith Alumni Center, where the Center for Advising and Student Achievement will be housed, and room for 41,000 fans.

“What a transformational moment it will be to bring football back to campus,” Parker said.

Work on the project to date includes:


  • 65,000 cu yd of dirt excavated
  • More than 34,000 cu yd of concrete placed
  • More than 3,500 tons of steel erected
  • More than 700 pieces of precast concrete placed
  • 410,000 trade hours worked

More than 90 companies are collaborating on the project, most of them from Colorado. In addition to Mortenson, other key players include Populous and the ICON Venture Group.

“Mortenson’s connection to CSU is strong, and there is not another project we take more pride in than this state-of-the-art on-campus stadium,” Rosenquist said.