CSU football announces addition of Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate

Special Note: The Ram Walk was painted orange in 2017 and was dedicated to the memory of Savannah McNealy. This post is dedicated to her and those that loved her. She is gone but never forgotten.*

Colorado State University announced Monday that prior to football games in 2018, fans will be able to participate in the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate, located just north of Canvas Stadium.

The free tailgate event will have a variety of activity/concession options including Stadium Sessions performances and TV. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event is is hosted by the CSU Alumni Association, Athletics and the Division of External Relations, is presented in partnership with High Country Beverage, Coors Light and the Bohemian Foundation.

Located at the intersection of Meridian Ave. and Hughes Way, the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate opens four hours before kickoff of each Colorado State home football game. Approximately two hours before each game the Rams football team passes by the tailgate on its Ram Walk march down Meridian Ave. to enter the stadium, led by the CSU marching band and cheer and pom squads.

"Canvas Stadium opened in 2017 with a very successful inaugural season, and the establishment of many new game-day traditions with Rams football games returning to campus for the first time in 50 years," Athletic Director Joe Parker said in a release.

"We also maintained a priority to continue to enhance and improve the experience for our fans and our campus community through the solicitation of feedback and thoughtful conversations. We are very excited to introduce the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate for 2018, and appreciate the tremendous partnership from High Country Beverage, Coors Light, the Bohemian Foundation and our campus community to create such an exciting pregame opportunity."

The Stadium Sessions series informally kicks off before the season at the Aug. 4 Community Open House, which will be held at the stadium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features Mama Lenny & the Remedy as well as Porlolo. The first Football Friday performance will feature Lois and the Lantern on Aug. 24, followed by Emma Marie and Guerrilla Fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 25, before CSU's game against Hawaii.

While the lineup is still being finalized and is subject to change, other acts already booked include Whippoorwill, A.J. Fullerton, Gasoline Lollipops, The Patti Fiasco, 12 Cents for Marvin, Taylor Shae, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, The Burroughs, Grace Kuch and Julia Kirkwood. Booking and event coordination were a joint effort between CSU and the Bohemian Foundation's live music booking team.

The Friday performance on Oct. 12 will be held on the Oval due to Homecoming, and there will be a two-band performance in the Ram Walk area on Friday, Oct. 26, before the Rams play the Wyoming Cowboys.

Colorado State is preparing for its second season at Canvas Stadium after entertaining a record number of fans in the inaugural season of 2017. The Aug. 4 open house and scrimmage gives fans the opportunity to preview the 2018 Rams team, which kicks off the season on Saturday, Aug. 25, against Hawai'i.

2018 Colorado State Football Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. Hawai`i—5:30 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)

Friday, Aug. 31 vs. Colorado (Denver)—7:30 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 8 vs. Arkansas—5:30 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 15 at Florida—4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Saturday, Sept. 22 vs. Illinois State—1 p.m. (TV TBD)
Saturday, Oct. 6 at San José State—7:30 p.m. PT (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. New Mexico—2 p.m. (TV TBD)
Friday, Oct. 19 at Boise State—7 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Friday, Oct. 26 vs. Wyoming—8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Nov. 10 at Nevada—Time TBD (ESPN Networks)
Saturday, Nov. 17 vs. Utah State—12 p.m. (TV TBD)
Thursday, Nov. 22 at Air Force—1:30 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)

PHOTO: Davis Bonner | Rocky Mountain Collegian