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Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
Former namesHughes Stadium
LocationS. Overland Trail,
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Coordinates40°33′44″N 105°8′30″W / 40.56222°N 105.14167°W / 40.56222; -105.14167Coordinates: 40°33′44″N 105°8′30″W / 40.56222°N 105.14167°W / 40.56222; -105.14167
OwnerColorado State University
OperatorColorado State University
Capacity32,500 (2009-present)[1]
34,400 (2005-2008)
30,000 (1969-2004)
Record attendance39,107 (vs. Utah, 1994)
SurfaceFieldTurf - (2006-present)
natural grass - (1968-2005)
Broke groundMay 1967
OpenedSeptember 28, 1968
Construction cost$2,800,000
ArchitectAller-Lingle Architects
(2005 renovation)
Colorado State Rams - (NCAA) - (1968-present)

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Larimer County, Colorado. It is the home field of the Colorado State Rams of the Mountain West Conference.

Hughes Stadium opened in 1968 on the west edge of Fort Collins, four miles (6 km) west of the school's main campus. It replaced the old Colorado Field, a 12,000-seat on-campus stadium.[2]

Hughes Stadium sits in a natural oval bowl, with seating on three sides and an open grass berm (not open for seating) behind the south endzone. The west (home side) stands are expanded out of the bowl and capped by a press box. The stadium is named for Harry W. Hughes, the head coach for 31 seasons (1911–41), then known as Colorado Agricultural.[3]

The playing surface itself was named in 2003 in honor of then head coach Sonny Lubick. The winningest coach in school history, Lubick led the Rams for 15 seasons (1993-2007), winning six conference titles and nine bowl games.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 34,400 with club seats and 12 luxury suites, completed in 2005. The playing field, at an elevation of 5,190 feet (1,582 m) above sea level,[4] was natural grass for the stadium's first 38 seasons; FieldTurf was installed in the summer of 2006.[5]

The first game at Hughes Stadium was played on September 28, 1968, a 17-12 loss to North Texas State, led by Mean Joe Greene. From October 1989 to August 1991, the Rams won eight consecutive games at the stadium, a school record.

Bob Dylan recorded the NBC television special and live concert album Hard Rain at Hughes Stadium during a rainstorm in May 1976.[6][7]

This college stadium is one of the few in the nation that serves beer during football games.


  1. Denver Post - Downsizing Hughes Stadium
  2. MacCambridge, Michael, ed. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. New York: Hyperion, 2005, p. 238.
  3. College Football Data Warehouse - CSU coaching records - Retrieved September 6, 2009
  4. Topographic map & aerial photo. USGS The National Map. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
  5. CSU - FieldTurf installation - June 26, 2006, Retrieved September 6, 2009
  6. Björner, Olof (Updated 2006). "Still On The Road: 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue II".
  7. James, Peter (June 2003). "Warehouse Eyes - Hard Rain". Retrieved February 19, 2007.

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