Colorado State University-Pueblo's Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl is one of the premier institutions in all of NCAA Division II.
The ThunderBowl is unique in that it was built completely with external funds raised by "Friends of Football", a collection of Pueblo community members and University alums, totalling over $13 million and allowing for the return of football, wrestling and women's track and field to CSU-Pueblo in 2008.
The ThunderBowl features 6,500 seats, a synthetic turf field, a ten-lane all-weather track, throwing, jumping and pole vault areas, as well as a 27,000-square-foot field house, which includes a 2,700-square-foot athletic training room, equiped with a 12-seat cold plunge and an underwater rehab treadmill and team meeting areas, student-athlete study-areas and lounges, and track and football coaches' offices
The stadium is also home to the Leomiti Warrior Center, a 10,000-square-foot strength and conditioning complex for all 22 of CSU-Pueblo's intercollegiate athletics programs. The roof of the new weight room features an observation deck to provide opportunities for special events and pre-game hospitality. PHOTOS
New to the ThunderBowl is the ThunderTron video board, which lights up the north end of the stadium.
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Strength and Conditioning Facility: CSU-Pueblo's strength and conditioning facility is among the finest in all of NCAA Division II. The CSU-Pueblo Strength and Conditioning program is led by Allen Hedrick, former Air Force Academy athletic strength coach, who is also regarded as one of the finest strength and conditioning educators in the nation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CSU-PUEBLO STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM.
V.I.P. and Corporate Party Boxes: The Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl offers groups and companies the opportunity to cheer on the ThunderWolves in style. The suite is the perfect place to pamper guests in privacy, comfort and style. Suites are great for a celebration, to entertain business clients or to treat the family to that special get-together, all while enjoying the excitement of ThunderWolves football! Costs of the suites range are as little as $1,250 per game, or as little as $5,800 per season, and comes with a $300 catering allownace, a $500 tax deduction, admission tickets, as well as included private bathrooms, wet bat, refrigerator and 42-inch flat-screen televisions with Comcast cable.
History and Future of the ThunderBowl: The Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl was constructed in 2008 through private funds east of the Rawlings Sports Complex on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo. The construction of the stadium was the culimination of a movement over 20 years in the making designed to bring the sport of football back to CSU-Pueblo.
At then-University of Southern Colorado, the football program was disbanded following the 1984 season. Over the years, numerous fundraising efforts, spearheaded in large part by members of the final few football teams at USC, including Pueblo-area business leaders Dan DeRose and Nick Pannunzio, eventually took hold in 2007. Under newly-minted University president, Joseph A. Garcia, CSU-Pueblo accepted the offer made by the "Friends of Football" organization to foot the startup costs of football, wrestling and track and field, of which the construction of an on-campus stadium. Ground was broken in the Fall of 2007, and the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl opened for business on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, less than one year after ground was broken at the site.
The Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, in addition to CSU-Pueblo football and track and field events (nine NCAA football playoff games), has played host to numerous events such as high school football games, regional and state amateur track meets, the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, and the 2010 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
In the future, the ThunderBowl will be the focal point of "ThunderVillage," a multi-use development that includes student-housing and has plans of commercial development and entertainment offerings adjacent to the stadium. That expansion started to come to life in 2017, when ThunderZone Pizza and Tap House opened for business across the street from the ThunderBowl Fieldhouse.