Chauncey Billups also has been traded out at the Coors Events Center.

At least figuratively.

There is still a giant mural of the former Colorado superstar in the northeast corner of the arena as part of his "Chauncey`s Kid Roundup" program.

But in the southeast corner the giant image of Billups has been replaced by a mural of the Flatirons, which includes a message for visiting teams:

Welcome to 5,345 feet of Rocky Mountain Altitude

"I had nothing to do with it, but I do like it," first-year CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "The altitude obviously helps, but the other thing that really helps is our fans have been incredible."

CU`s game today against No. 5 Texas is the fourth sellout of the season at the Coors Events Center. That`s a record for the 32-year-old venue, despite the ongoing construction of the new practice facility that limits patrons to one entrance.

"Having this be the fourth sellout this year is a testament to our fans," Boyle said. "It`s not an easy trek sometimes to get to the Coors Events Center this year, so my hat is off to them for what they`ve given us this year."

The familiar red and buff sandstone rocks found in most of the buildings on the CU campus are starting to be installed on the practice facility. The basketball and volleyball programs should be able to start using the new digs when the $10.8 million project is completed in August.


"You see it change every day, and I can`t wait for it to be open and for our guys to be in there working on their game this summer and preparing for more great days ahead for Colorado basketball," Boyle said.

The real Billups, who was traded by the Nuggets to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, will have an open invitation to use the facility during his offseason or whenever he is back home in Denver.