As the result of a naming-rights agreement, the club area at the new Colorado State Stadium will be known as the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies Field Club.
The partnership with Orthopaedic & Spine Center is just the latest bit of good news for Colorado State, which is set to open its new stadium next fall. As noted here before, the stadium is seen not only as a way to leverage additional opportunities for the football program and campus community, but to up the ante in Colorado State’s push to join the Big 12. Other corporate partnerships relating to the stadium have already been announced by the university, including the New Belgium Porch.
The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies Field Club will be located on the field level of the west stands between the Rams’ locker room and the home team sideline, providing fans a player’s-eye view of game action along with access to premium food and beverages just steps away from the field. Overhead doors facing the football field will create an open gathering space.
“We are so fortunate to have the expert medical team at Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies caring for our student-athletes,” said Joe Parker, CSU’s Director of Athletics. “In addition to world-class medical treatment, OCR continues to deepen the important long-standing relationship we share with them, and we are so grateful.”
The expanded partnership re-establishes OCR as the exclusive official Sports Medicine Team Physicians for Rams Athletics. The relationship spans six decades since the founding doctors at OCR first started caring for CSU student-athletes.
“Our support for the new stadium is a milestone in our relationship with CSU, which goes back to the 1960s,” said Dr. Rocci Trumper, orthopaedic surgeon, OCR board president and team physician for CSU Athletics.
“OCR is pleased to provide CSU with comprehensive orthopaedic, sports medicine and concussion services,” said Dr. Sean Grey, also an orthopaedic surgeon and team physician. “Over the years, we’ve expanded our services to meet the needs of the student-athletes, coaches and the residents of Fort Collins and the region.”
Added Mike Bergerson, CEO of OCR: “We’re very pleased to make a significant commitment to CSU Athletics, the new stadium and the field club. It’s going to be a first-class venue.”
The announcement continues the fund-raising momentum CSU has established for the on-campus stadium. In recent months, CSU announced a $20 million gift to name the field in honor of legendary coach Sonny Lubick and a $4.3 million gift from New Belgium Brewing to create the New Belgium Porch.
In addition, premium seat sales for the inaugural season have been robust, with 95 percent of available seats sold. Indoor and outdoor club seats are sold out, 17 of 22 suites are spoken for and only a handful of loge boxes remain available.
“The Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies has always been a loyal and dedicated community partner to CSU,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for university advancement. “These remarkable physicians and surgeons are the best in the region, and have helped us ensure the health, safety and best experiences for student-athletes for generations. We can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”
CSU’s on-campus stadium, which includes room for 41,200 fans, the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center and academic space, opens in the fall of 2017. Construction on the massive project recently reached the halfway point.
Rendering courtesy of Colorado State University.