On Saturday night, the Colorado State Rams will play their 262nd and final game in a stadium that was built on the edge of town and opened for business during the 1968 season.
Next season, the Rams will move into their new $220 million on-campus digs.
"I liked Hughes Stadium," former Colorado State player and current Denver Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett said. "But I also think the on-campus stadium will be better. It's a bittersweet moment."
Just an end of an era _ an impressive one at that. The Rams are 145-114-2 all-time inside the confines of Hughes Stadium. They've won six conference titles, qualified for 14 bowl games and had three undefeated home seasons.
_ In 2003, the playing surface was named after legendary coach Sonny Lubick, a huge reason for the success at Hughes.
_ Had 39,107 fans in attendance on Oct. 22, 1994, against Utah
_ The all-time attendance to date is 6,027,047.
Over the years, the list of players who've suited up for the Rams at Hughes Stadium is long and distinguished. Here's a brief sample: QB Garrett Grayson, OL Ty Sambrailo, OL Weston Richburg, TE Joel Dreessen, RB Cecil Sapp, DE Clark Haggans, OL Anthony Cesario, WR Darran Hall, DE Joey Porter, CB Ray Jackson, QB Terry Nugent, QB Steve Fairchild, TE Mark Bell, QB Bradlee Van Pelt, TE Keli McGregor, RB Steve Bartalo, LB Rick Crowell, RB Kevin McDougal, DB Greg Myers, QB Moses Moreno and HB Lawrence McCutcheon.
And the list goes on and on and on. Those who played at Hughes includes 18 All-Americans and 79 NFL draft picks.
A sad end for some when Hughes closes for good. So many memories.
"I feel bad, especially for people that got to experience Hughes and the alumni that love Hughes and all the little stuff that comes along with Hughes," said Broncos running Kapri Bibbs, who rushed for a school-record 1,741 yards in 2013 _ his only season at Colorado State. "But at the same time that new stadium is a testament to what CSU is trying to become. If you want to be a powerhouse school, if you want to be a school that's on top of everything you have to get an on-campus stadium and you've got to get a stadium that will fit a certain amount of people in it, sell tickets and move to a better conference."
The new stadium will hold 41,000. There was a $20 million gift by an anonymous donor to permanently name the field Sonny Lubick Field.
AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed.