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Release: August 01, 2007
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               The 2007 football season is upon us, as in just one short month YOUR TEAM, the Colorado Buffaloes, begin our 118th season of intercollegiate football.  Did you know only 12 schools have played football longer than CU?


We are excited about our football program and that head coach Dan Hawkins and his staff has worked incredibly hard ahead of their second season in Boulder.  To support coach in our recruiting efforts we will open the new football lockerroom and new indoor workout facility this fall.  The season opener against Colorado State, the Qwest Rocky Mountain Showdown, is once again at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. 


               When the CU-CSU game is in Denver, most everyone has an opinion on whether or not the game should be played off campus and also on seating locations.  CU is the designated home team the next three years, with the 2007 and 2008 games committed to Invesco Field at Mile High.  The 2009 game will be played in Denver or Boulder and the site for 2010 contest will be CSU’s choice, either Denver or Fort Collins.  Remember CSU has a voice in where we play, and the two schools generally have had cordial relations in mapping out the series to the benefit of both. 


               Even if you are one of those who do not believe the game should be played anywhere but Boulder when CU is the home team, you should realize that there are several benefits to the Denver location.  The most important of these is playing in the Denver market itself; remember, it is the 18th largest in the nation and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase the university.  Denver is a big-time city, and playing a game in its backyard is good for our Denver-based alumni, businesses, sponsors, corporations and the media.


               If matched up in the right season with our non-conference schedule, and if the game is a sellout or near sellout, it also means up to an additional $500,000 in revenue for the department.  Those extra dollars in these tough financial times is not something you lightly regard.  If we have six solid home opponents for Folsom (no I-AA teams), the game in Denver can be a financial boon for us.  That’s one reason we are scheduling over a decade out, to ensure that the season ticket will an attractive one year-in and year-out.  That being said, there are seasons where we will need the CSU game in Boulder to provide for that as some years the Rams need to be our sixth home game.


               A reminder on the importance of the 55-45 percent split means: we keep every dollar from all ticket sales we generate, as does CSU with its ticket allotment.  In our agreement with the Rams when we play in Denver, we get 55 percent of the seats to sell (around 41,000 of the 75,000-plus Invesco Field capacity not including suites).


               For a sellout at Folsom Field, we generate about $1.6 million in net ticket revenue, not including the payout to the visiting team if a non-conference game, but inclusive of all other expenses.  If we sell our allotment of tickets for the CSU game in Denver (including 7,500 earmarked for students), we can net just over $2 million when coupled with additional sponsor resources.


For season ticket holders who are puzzled about the difference in their seat locations at Folsom as compared to Invesco, we want to remind you about the steps that were used to allocate your seats (the same ones utilized when the game returned there last year).  Please know that your seats as a season ticket holder are the first to be allocated. We do not hold prime seats for any sponsor, corporation or other partner of the program; we focus on our loyal season ticket holders.


Seats were issued by grouping seating for you and your recognized section fans based on seat location at Folsom Field and prioritizing you within that group using the CU Athletics Priority Point System.  Here’s a recap of how this was done:


Folsom Field Lower Level Customers

Beginning at the 50-yard line in the lower level of Invesco Field and working towards the lower level end zone, allocations were prioritized in the following order (working with Group A first):


        Group A: Folsom Field customers in Sections 118, 105 & 106; within priority order.

        Group B: Folsom Field customers in Sections 119, 104 & 107; within priority order.

        Group C: Folsom Field customers in Sections 120, 103 & 108; within priority order.

        Group D: Folsom Field customers in Sections 121 & 109; within priority order.


Ticket holders from this grouping who we could not accommodate in the lower level were assigned seats in the horseshoe and end zone of the mid level at Invesco Field.


Folsom Field Upper Level Customers

Beginning at the 50-yard line in the upper levels of Invesco Field and working towards the goal lines, allocations were prioritized in the following order for these groups (working with Group E first):


        Group E: Folsom Field customers in Sections 217, 218 & 219, within priority order.

        Group F: Folsom Field customers in Sections 216 & 220, within priority order.

        Group G: Folsom Field customers in Sections 211-215 & 203-207, within priority order.

        Group H: Folsom Field customer in Sections 208-210, 2 & 122, within priority point order.


East Stadium Club members and Flatirons Club members were prioritized together and were allocated seats in Invesco Field’s Club Level, within priority point order.


A new academic year also means a new athletic one as well, and CU’s other programs that compete in the fall are some of the best in the nation.


Take last year for example: the men’s cross country team won the national championship (its third this decade), with the women finishing as the NCAA runner-up.  Both teams were Big 12 Conference champions, the men for the 11th consecutive year and the women for the 10th time in 11 tries.


The women’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time after reaching the conference title game before succumbing on penalty kicks to Texas.  They finished the year ranked No. 12 in the nation.


And the women’s volleyball team ended the year No. 24 in the polls, with its signature win over national champion Nebraska, the Huskers only loss the entire year in a 32-1 season.


The golf and tennis teams also compete in the fall, but the meat of their seasons are in the spring with the league and NCAA championships.


Much of this success is possible because of the revenues produced by the football program.  They’re under pressure to win not only in the football world, but to help ensure our other 15 intercollegiate programs have the ability to succeed as well.  Nothing demonstrates this fact more than the achievements of our fall sports, which consistently have ranked in the top five in the nation in the Director’s Cup Standings over the last decade.


New head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik and his staff have brought a new level of intensity and focus to campus. His leadership and vision has been a huge addition to the department. We are working on construction of the basketball operations center at the Coors Events Center and improvements to the lockerroom and weight room.  His recruiting efforts have already dramatically changed the landscape for the program. ABC sports will televise the Kansas game nationally on February 2 from the Coors Events Center, another strong statement about the bright future of our basketball enterprise. 


The efforts for this year’s football team actually “kicked off” with April’s spring game, as our support team provided an awesome experience for our fans in several areas.  Healthy Kids Day was another success, and the proceeds from the two-day sale of old equipment and apparel went toward a new inventory system to help simplify things and make life easier for our equipment staff.


We’re looking forward to you joining us this coming athletic year in supporting YOUR TEAM, the Colorado Buffaloes! As always if I can personally ever help you in any way please let me know. GO BUFFS!