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Schools think stadium costs too much

BOULDER, Colo. -- A key official says the future of the Colorado-Colorado State football game in Denver is in question because the two rivals haven't reached a financial agreement with the company that operates the Invesco Field at Mile High.

Colorado State athletic director Mark Driscoll said he and Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn want a better deal with Stadium Management Corp., the company that runs Invesco Field.

The $450,000 cost for using Invesco Field is excessive, Driscoll said. The schools split the cost.

There is a chance the 2006 game could be played in Fort Collins at 34,400-seat Hughes stadium, Driscoll said. CSU is the host school that year, though the teams have recently played at 76,000-seat Invesco Field. This year's game is Sept. 3 in Boulder.

Bohn declined comment about the negotiations with stadium officials and Colorado State.

Driscoll said both schools would like to play the game in Denver
every year now that the NCAA has approved a permanent 12-game
regular season schedule. But he said a better deal is needed.

"The stadium authority has to work something out in how much
they're going to charge us," Driscoll said.

Meanwhile, Bohn and Air Force athletics director Hans Mueh are discussing the possibility of reviving their schools' football rivalry, perhaps as early as 2008.

CU owned a 12-4 advantage in the series when it was dropped in
1974. Mueh said the decision came amid discontent during the
Vietnam War era that spilled onto the field.

"It manifested itself into some pretty ugly games," he said.
He said he and Bohn have "talked at length" about resuming the
series.

"It's the right thing for the state," he said.

Air Force would have to adjust its 2008 schedule if CU is added.
The Falcons are scheduled to play Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Army and Navy in addition to its Mountain West Conference schedule.