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Colorado State football team to hold spring scrimmage at Broncos headquarters


DENVER —** Colorado State University and the Denver Broncos announced Tuesday that the Rams' football program will conduct a spring scrimmage at the Broncos' Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. MT.

The event will mark the fourth consecutive year the Rams have held a Denver-area spring scrimmage and the first time they have done so at the home of the NFL's two-time Super Bowl-champion Broncos in Arapahoe County. The scrimmage is open to current CSU season-ticket holders and Ram Club members who have renewed for 2015 by March 31.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to bring our team to a first-class NFL facility and interact with our great fans in the Denver area," said head coach Mike Bobo. "We're very grateful that Joe Ellis, John Elway, Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos organization have made this opportunity available to us."

The Rams' scrimmage at Dove Valley builds upon the strong partnership between Colorado State University and the Denver Broncos Football Club, which includes the Denver Broncos Sports Management Institute, launched in December 2014, and the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

"We are very excited to host Colorado State's spring scrimmage at our recently upgraded training facility," said Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis. "The scrimmage also will give us a chance to review the logistics of hosting a public practice following our facility upgrades as we prepare to welcome back fans for 2015 training camp."

Colorado State begins spring practice on Tuesday, March 10, at its on-campus practice fields. The annual Green and Gold Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. to wrap up spring drills. That day also is "I Love CSU Day," an annual celebration born in 2001 when then-Governor Bill Owens issued a proclamation designating April 18 for the annual day of recognition.

Colorado State returns 15 starters, among the 22 offensive and defensive positions, from a team that won 10 games in 2014 and earned a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl. The returnees include junior-to-be wide receiver Rashard Higgins, who was a consensus All-American in 2014 and one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the outstanding wide receiver in college football. The Rams' 18 combined wins in 2013-14 are their most in a two-season span since winning 18 in 1999-2000, and the back-to-back bowl berths are CSU's first in consecutive seasons since 2002-03.

Admission to the Dove Valley scrimmage will be made available via an RSVP process to those eligible through renewal of football season tickets or Ram Club membership for 2015. An e-mail will be sent to individuals who have renewed prior to the March 31 early-renewal deadline, containing instructions to RSVP for the April 11 event.

For information on how to purchase season tickets for Colorado State Football, and to join the Ram Club, please call 800-491-RAMS.

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