Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate the opening of the new student-funded Multi-Purpose Field on the north end of campus at a dedication at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. The $1.5 million facility was funded by a Student Facility Fee that was implemented in the Fall of 2005 after having been approved by a student government referendum.
At the dedication on Tuesday, the University’s Experiential Learning Center will coordinate team and individual field events as part of the first official use of the field. Attendees to the dedication will receive free refreshments and prizes
courtesy of Pepsi and will witness a parade by Child Care Center students. They also may participate in a voting to nickname the facility. Brief comments will be made by CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia, Associated Students Government President Sammi Milyard, and John Barnoski of HGF Architects.
The 48,000 gross square foot synthetic turf field, located north of the present Child Care Center at the north end of the campus, will address the intramural, club sport, and general recreational needs of the students. It includes basic security lighting and wiring for future field lighting, a six-foot wide perimeter walk path, a three-foot vinyl-coated chain link security fence at the perimeter of the field, and a small spectator area on the east side.
A multi-purpose recreational field was identified in 2003-04 by a campus-wide task charged with assessing student life facility needs as the highest priority need to be addressed by a student facility fee. In 2005, the Associated Students Government and subsequently the Board of Governors approved a $10 per credit hour mandatory Student Facility Fee, which was implemented in the fall of 2005. At that time, the University began discussions with the students to confirm the ongoing priority of constructing a multi-purpose recreation field.
After approval by the Student Facility Fee Advisory Committee, the University hired the local firm of HGF Architects to prepare a program plan for the field to include 1) recommendations on the size and type of field based on anticipated use, supported programs, and resulting frequency of use; 2) recommendation on the preferred location for the field, taking into account existing and future campus planned uses, proximity to student housing, available parking, and access for users; 3) recommendation on turf/surface type and surrounding amenities, based on installation/maintenance costs, type and frequency of use, security from vandalism, and storage and lighting requirements, and 4) resulting cost requirements and completion timeline, including development of the cost and possible phasing components.
A Field Design Team made up of students, staff, and faculty representatives conducted design meetings, site visits, and consultations with the architect firm of HGF Architects, who was subsequently hired for the field construction phase, as well as an engineering firm, synthetic turf expert, and the Pueblo Board of Water Works. The team considered four potential sites on the CSU-Pueblo campus and met with representatives of Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo and the CSU-Fort Collins campus to discuss the advantages and cost benefits of various field surfaces.
After the April 17 grand opening, the field will be available for scheduled or general use 24 hours a day every day the University is open. The field will be open for general use from 6-8 a.m. and may not be reserved for specific student or community use during that timeframe. The Experiential Learning Center will schedule blocks of time during fall, spring, and summer semester for use by organized student groups, including intramurals and club sports. Outside these blocks of scheduled time, internal University organizations and external entities may work with the University’s Central Scheduler to schedule rental of the field. The walking track around the field will always be open for general use.
Pets, bicycles, motorized vehicles, alcohol, stakes and sharp objects, and any heaters, grills, or other cooking mechanisms are prohibited in the facility. Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the spectator area only.