Final Game Played at Hughes Stadium – Name Kept Alive on CSU Campus [VIDEO]
The final game at Colorado State University‘s Hughes Stadium (at Sonny Lubick Field) was played on Saturday night, but the name will live on. The Rams beat New Mexico 49-31 to close out the 48-year-old old stadium on Saturday night.
Harry Hughes was the football coach who won the most games in CSU history. Now a street on the CSU campus in Fort Collins will bear his name. What was once called South Drive, will now be known as Hughes Way. A ceremony making the change official, featuring remarks from director of athletics Joe Parker, was held Friday on campus. This YouTube video features Parker’s speech as well as a presentation to and speech from Jack Hughes, the nephew of Harry Hughes.
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About Harry Hughes
Harry Hughes served for 42 years as both a head coach and athletics director, from 1911 to 1953. Hughes, who played at Oklahoma from 1904-07, was inducted into the Helms Football Hall of Fame in 1952 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, and was a member of the inaugural class of the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Hughes died in 1953, just 26 days after retiring as athletics director.
The first game at Hughes Stadium was played on September 28, 1968.