Rocky Mountain Showdown for CU, CSU football extended through 2038

The Rocky Mountain Showdown has a bright future. But that future won’t include Empower Field at Mile High Stadium.

The CU Buffs and CSU Rams announced jointly late Tuesday morning that the in-state football series between the two rivals has been extended intermittently through the 2038 season.

The programs said that three additional home-and-home series have been added to the series at their respective campus sites. In addition to the Sept. 16, 2023 game scheduled for Boulder’s Folsom Field and the Sept. 14, 2024 contest at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, six more tilts will push the contest into the 2030s:

Sept. 15, 2029 — at CSU

Sept. 14, 2030 — at CU

Sept. 17, 2033 — at CU

Sept. 16, 2034 — at CSU

Sept. 19, 2037 — at CU

Sept. 11, 2038 — at CSU

The series had been slated to complete its current, 11-game contract with a tilt at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins last September, but the game was canceled in the summer of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CU athletic director Rick George said in a university news release that the home-and-home format with gaps “provides both schools some flexibility to schedule other non-conference opponents in other parts of the country, which play a role in several factors, including alumni engagement and recruiting.”

The last 10 meetings between the two rivals, and 19 of the last 22, had been played at Empower Field.

Rams athletic director Joe Parker said via a CSU news release that getting back to campus sites was “essential … college football is best enjoyed in on-campus venues, and I’m thrilled we were able to get that done for fans of both teams for the foreseeable future.”

CU leads the all-time series, 67-22-2, and has won five in a row over the Rams. The last meeting was held on Aug. 30, 2019 at Mile High, with the Buffs rolling to a 52-31 win in the season-opener for both schools.

The game in 2038 will be the 99th meeting (barring a postseason match-up) between the two rivals.

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