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Next three Colorado-Colorado State games in Denver

DENVER -- In-state rivals Colorado and Colorado State will
play their next three games on neutral turf at the 76,000-seat
Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos, the schools announced
Wednesday.

The first of the three games will be Sept. 9, with Colorado
State designated the home team.

The deal resolves -- for three years, at least -- questions about
what stadium provides a venue that's fair to both teams while
offering the best atmosphere and the most revenue.

Colorado State athletic director Mark Driscoll said tickets will
be split, with the Rams receiving 45 percent and Colorado, which
has a larger student body, getting 55 percent. Driscoll said his
university stands to make approximately $1 million in gross revenue
if they sell all their tickets.

If Colorado sells out its share, athletic director Mike Bohn
said, Colorado is expected to make $1.6 million.

Bohn said tickets will be sold for $55 apiece and will be
included in the teams' season ticket packages.

Previous games have been played at Colorado's 54,000-seat Folsom
Field in Boulder and at Invesco and its predecessor, Mile High
Stadium.

Colorado has said it prefers to play all its home games in
Boulder, while Colorado State has said it would like all the games
to be played on neutral turf in Denver or, as a backup, would want
to play every other year in Fort Collins, where the stadium only
holds 34,400.

Both teams expressed satisfaction with the new agreement.

Driscoll said the deal was convenient because while the teams
had handshake agreements that they would play, there wasn't a
formal game contract made for this year's matchup, which was
supposed to be played in Fort Collins.

"I guess both teams would have been looking for another game to
play," he said.

New Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins said it would've been nice to
have home field advantage in Boulder but said he doesn't mind the
neutral field.

"I don't get into semantics," he said. "The wind will always
blow. It's always going to be hot or cold. You just have to go out
there and play."

A committee has been formed to bring a bowl-like atmosphere to
the game, with pep rallies, parades and designated tailgating
areas.