Congress’ failure to agree upon a measure to fund the federal government by midnight, Jan. 20, 2018, has resulted in the cancellation of all athletic practices and games at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
The Air Force Academy is one of the nation’s top aerospace engineering colleges. The CIA, with that in mind, has placed replicas of satellites at each end of the building. These were presented to the hockey team by Boeing and Lockheed-Martin at a “Space Night” in 2011, and remind fans of the Academy’s link to aerospace engineering. The views of the Rocky Mountains from the entrance to the CIA, moreover, is worth noting. Fans can see Cadet Chapel and Pikes Peak when looking to the south.
A crew from Ad Light Group, an electrical company based in Denver, began removing the large “Sports Authority” signs from the exterior of the 76,125-seat stadium that serves as home for the Denver Broncos (NFL) and Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse) on Jan. 8, 2018. The large sign on the exterior of the stadium’s south end is the first to be disconnected. The Broncos reported that all of the stadium’s Sports Authority signage would be removed in the coming weeks.
The University of Wyoming’s Arena-Auditorium, which houses the Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams of the Mountain West Conference, provides a unique home. At an altitude of 7,220 feet above sea level, the AA is the highest home court in NCAA Division I basketball — more than 2,000 feet higher than the Pit at the University of New Mexico. The “Dome of Doom” is also a college basketball rarity: a geodesic dome. It holds 15,028 very loud and very engaged fans.
Now nearing its 40th birthday, an empty Coors Events Center does not present an example of fine architecture. Once filled for basketball, however, it has become one of the nation’s top college basketball venues. It boasts a robust student section, one of the top teams in the Pac-12 Conference, and a fun environment for college basketball. Head Coach Tad Boyle, since taking over the CU program in 2010, has consistently had the Buffs among the league’s top teams. Fans – and particularly students – have responded to the team’s success, regularly packing the Coors Events Center and providing a loud intangible with which opponents must deal.
Blending old and new can present a difficult challenge. Yet the University of Colorado has done so successfully with Folsom Field, the home to its football team and its live buffalo mascot, Ralphie. Opened in 1924, Folsom Field was built for $65,000 and had a capacity of 26,000 seats, all bleachers made of creosote-dipped California redwood. The subsequent nine decades have seen several expansions and a near-doubling of Folsom Field’s seating capacity. Updates to the Buffaloes’ football and athletics facilities that adjoin Folsom Field culminated after the 2015 season. These updates, which cost $156 million and include the Champions Center and an indoor practice facility, provide needed practice and administrative space for Colorado’s athletic programs and include club seating for football games. Among Folsom Field’s timeless attributes are its location and setting. It sits more than a mile above sea level at 5,360 feet at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The stadium’s public address announcer heralds this fact to the Buffs’ opponent just before kickoff, with the admonition to “know your limitations and adjust your elevation.” The Flatirons rock formations sit just beyond the stadium’s west-side seats and give Folsom Field a unique and breathtaking feel. Folsom Field is also situated on the CU campus in Boulder, a unique town with robust nightlife and easy access to outdoor activities. Perhaps most impressively, the Buffaloes take the field at the start of each half by running behind their live buffalo mascot, Ralphie. This is one of college football’s great traditions and it highlights the Folsom Field experience.