Events & Programs

Spring Game & Football Frenzy

Updated April 2008

Steve Fairchild and the Rams will host the annual spring football game on Saturday, April 19, at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. The spring game, pancake breakfast, and Football Frenzy are all open to the public and FREE!

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Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m. - West Concourse

For more than two decades, CSU's Ram Club Spirit Committee has hosted a free community pancake breakfast prior to the spring game. The Spirit Committee will begin serving at 9 a.m. on the West Concourse .

Football FRENZY!
9 a.m. - North Concourse

CSU Athletics and the City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department have once again teamed up to host "Football Frenzy" on the north concourse of the stadium. Football Frenzy is the place for kids and fans of all ages to enjoy the Ram Town inflatables, face painting, and an autograph session with former players. Free T-shirts will be distributed to the first 500 kids.

The Game - a New Format
11 a.m.

Fairchild and his team will take the field at approximately 11 a.m. and, following warmups, will engage in a spirited offense-vs-defense battle.

The competition will award points to the respective units based on yards gained/allowed, touchdowns scored and takeaways, among other variables.

Implemented by Fairchild to raise the level of intrasquad competition, and better prepare players for situations they'll see in games this fall, the following scoring system has been in use all spring.

Situation Event Points Awarded to
Any snap Gain of 4-plus yards 1 Offense
Any snap Gain of less than 4 yards 1 Defense
Any snap Pre-snap penalty 1 Non-guilty unit
Any snap Explosive play/rushing gain of 10-plus yards 2 Offense
Any snap Explosive play/passing gain of 16-plus yards 2 Offense
Any snap Negative-yardage play 2 Defense
Any snap Offensive touchdown 3 Offense
Any snap Offensive turnover 3 Defense
Any snap Defensive touchdown 5 Defense
Third-down period Conversion (first down) 1 Offense
Third-down period Failed conversion 1 Defense
Backed-up period
(near own goal line)
First down 1 Offense
4-minute offense
(objective: kill clock)
First down prevented 1 Defense
Goal-line period
(inside 3-yard line)
Touchdown 1 Offense
Goal-line period
(inside 3-yard line)
Touchdown prevented 1 Defense

Field Access and Fan Safety

We want every young Ram fan to be a part of the day's activities. However, with the speed and force of the game, safety is always an issue and no youngsters allowed on the field at any time during pregame warmups or the game itself.

Once the game concludes, we're hopeful all young Ram fans will come to the field to meet our players and coaches.

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