Some Colorado fans don't like the game against Colorado State being played in Denver at Sports Authority Field. Ticket sales among CSU fans this year and in recent seasons indicate Rams supporters aren't keen on it either.
But CU coach Mike MacIntyre and quarterback Sefo Liufau and defensive lineman Juda Parker all said they like the experience of playing in pro stadium when asked about it Tuesday. The Buffs will play their first two games of the season in pro venues this year. They travel to Massachusetts in Week Two for a meeting with UMass in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
"I think having it in Denver is fun," Liufau said. "It is a bigger stadium, bigger stage and an even amount of fans from both sides which is really fun."
MacIntyre, whose opinion obviously has a significant influence, said he has no control over where the game is played but he liked his first experience in the rivalry last season in Denver.
"No matter which team scores, there is a roar," MacIntyre said. "I think the young men enjoy playing in a pro stadium. Being in pro locker room, I think that is fun for a kid."
The Rocky Mountain Showdown has attracted fewer than 60,000 fans each season since 2010. The programs have agreed to play the game in Denver through the 2019 season.
CU received its 11th commitment for the 2015 recruiting class on Tuesday. Lyle Tuiloma, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle from Waianae, Hawaii committed to CU coaches after previously attending a CU camp. ... MacIntyre rewarded wide receiver Wesley Christensen and defensive back Richard Yates with scholarships this season. "They are just phenomenal young men," MacIntyre said. ... Offensive lineman Brad Cotner (concussion), defensive lineman Garrett Gregory (knee) and linebacker Markeis Reed (hernia) are out this week. ... Tuesday was MacIntyre's third formal press conference or roundtable with the media since late July without a game having been played.