Monday, May 16, 2011

CSVA in Boulder

The weather wasn't any better in the Mile High State than anywhere else in the country. Thursday morning's CSVA schedule had two events wiped out due to the weather. The annual Chuck Linster Golf Outing was cancelled, and for those who weren't interested in golfing (yours truly) couldn't take part in a tour of Coors Field as the Mets and Rockies, postponed from a day earlier, was re-scheduled a day later and the video guys were unable to see the inside of the ballpark. Quick thinking by the CSVA board, and the cooperation of the Colorado Video Staff had the entire group head to Boulder and a tour of the Dal Ward Center, home to Colorado Football.
In 1992, the Iowa Football team traveled to Folsom Field to take on the Big 8 Buffaloes. Nearly twenty years later, the only difference was a few luxury suites added to the east stands. And although it has been close to two decades since that original trip, the Dal Ward Center looks as new as the day the Hawkeyes lost. Video Director of the Buffaloes Jaime Guy allowed the group to tour the facility adjacent to the football stadium. Above is a portion of his office.
 Colorado is fortunate to utilize the same locker room for practice as well as on game day. Here is the entrance to that facility. On the left is the equipment room window with personal foot lockers just around the corner.
 As you continue to walk into the CU locker rooms, the team's player lounge is located off of the main locker area. Comfortable chairs, large screen TV, a myriad of games as well as computers are at the disposal of the team.
 And prior to taking the field, a room full of flashing lights, a large screen monitor and loud music is intended to motivate the team. Scores of big Colorado wins line the wall under the stuffed Buffalo head. From there the doors open to the playing field.
And this is the view Ralphie has prior to his run around Folsom Field. Colorado has spent many years in the Big 8, followed by the Big XII, but now the University moves to the Pac 12. Announced during our stay in Denver was the Thanksgiving Weekend match up between Utah (another new team to the Pac 12) and Colorado.

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