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Annual CU-CSU showdown to enjoy at least a decade at Invesco Field

When the University of Colorado at Boulder insisted on staging this year's "Rocky Mountain Showdown" with the Colorado State University Rams at Folsom Field -- supposedly to guarantee that at least six games would take place at CU's stadium this year -- many observers feared the Buffs' thirst for revenue and/or home-field advantage would put an end to one of the highlights of the local college-football season: a matchup of the two largest colleges in the state at the quasi-neutral location of Invesco Field at Mile High. But no: Today, the schools announced that they've agreed to stage the next ten years' worth of contests at Invesco. The revenue split continues to favor CU, which will receive 55 percent of proceeds, as opposed to 45 percent for CSU -- a little bit of a screw-job, but one acknowledging that the former institution is considerably larger than the latter. Still, the real winners are fans of the series, which would have lost much of its luster if it had permanently bid Invesco farewell.

Click here to see CU athletic director Mike Bohn's video announcement about the pact, as well as a detailed press release.

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