Colorado State's football stadium is about a year old. It's about to get a new name.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Rams' new stadium has landed a massive naming rights deal. The deal will be set before the start of the 2018 season.
Pat Forde reports that Colorado State's stadium will be sponsored by Public Service Credit Union. It's reportedly paying CSU nearly $40 million over 15 years for the naming rights.
Public Service Credit Union is paying CSU $37.7 million for a 15-year agreement, although a formal new name for the stadium will not be announced Thursday. That funding, combined with an anonymous $20 million pledge two years ago to name the field after former coach Sonny Lubick, puts CSU’s combined total naming rights income among the largest in college football. USC has a $69 million deal with United Airlines for the naming rights to Memorial Coliseum. Washington has a $41 million agreement with Alaska Airlines for Husky Stadium.
The playing field will continue to be named after Lubick, the winningest coach in school history who also serves as vice president for community outreach at Public Service Credit Union. Lubick won 108 games across 15 seasons at CSU, from 1993-2007, taking the Rams to nine bowl games and claiming six conference titles.
The new stadium cost $225 million to build. Colorado State is currently part of the Mountain West Conference, but the Rams have their eyes set on joining a Power 5 conference. This new stadium should help in attempting to make that happen.
"If future expansion opportunities arise, the Rams have at least improved their positioning with the new facility," says Yahoo! Sports.
Colorado State has some big games on its schedule in 2018. The program is set to host Hawaii and Arkansas at home in 2018.