The University of Colorado received final approval on Thursday for its $142 million athletics facilities upgrades plan.
Three CU officials presented before the Colorado Legislature's Capital Development Committee Thursday morning and received unanimous approval from the six-member board, said CU associate athletics director Jim Senter.
Though CU already had the blessing of the Board of Regents, the capital development committee was the final step toward full approval of the project, which includes an indoor practice facility, Dal Ward Athletics Center renovation and an addition to Folsom Field's northeast corner.
"What it continues to do is show our alums and our donors and our fans that this project has gotten approval at every step of the way and the leaders are excited about, approving it and see the need for it, and now we just have to do our part," Senter said, filling in for CU athletic director Rick George, who was attending the NCAA's annual conference in San Diego this week.
Construction cannot begin on the project until one-third of the total cost, or $48 million, has been raised from private donors and corporate partnerships. The committee on Thursday approved a revised projects list for CU-Boulder's two-year projection of cash need, which included the athletics facilities project.
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