Venue, Transportation, and Accommodations

The Venue

The Colorado State University Smith Alumni Center is approximately 20,000 square feet and is located at the northeast corner of the Colorado State University Campus Stadium. Mindock Hall will host our reception while the Alumni Collaboration Hall will provide a professional venue for the presentation and panel discussion.

The reception starts at 4:30 pm sharp with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. All students attending will receive a ticket for a free beer. Formal presentations start at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

More information on the Alumni Center is avaialble at:  https://alumni.colostate.edu/alumni-center

Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center
Colorado State University
701 W Pitkin St, Fort Collins, CO 80523

​Contact Manager of Alumni Center Guest Relations and Event Services:
Matt Flick at (970) 491-7849 or email  Matt.Flick@colostate.edu.

Important Note:
West Pitkin Avenue is not continuous throughout the campus so plan your parking carefully. We reccommend using:

Lake Street Garage                                                 WiFi is available at the Alumni Center, no [password is required.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
40.568009, -105.083111


Parking Garage
1231 East Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80521
40.570316, -105.078194


Additonal Parking information at:
https://pts.colostate.edu/visitors

Getting There

Directions to/from Denver International Airport
The Denver International Airport (DIA) is the closest major airport to Fort Collins Colorado.  
Colorado State University is about 65 miles north of DIA and there are several options for transportation
to/from CSU. The drive takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  

DIA houses over a dozen car rental agencies    https://www.flydenver.com/parking_transit/car-rentals.
Shuttles between the airport and Fort Collins can be arranged with https://greenrideco.com/
Note: Please allow additional time to/from DIA during inclement weather.


To Colorado State University via E-470 to I-25
These directions apply to visitors traveling to Fort Collins via the E-470 Express Tollway to Interstate-25 from Denver International Airport Terminal or Rental Car agency:
  • Take Peña Blvd. towards Terminal East for 1 mile.
  • Turn slight left to stay on Peña Blvd. for approximately 4.5 miles.
  • Merge onto E-470 North via Exit 6B towards Boulder/Fort Collins.
  • Merge right to take I-25 N/US-87 N via Exit 47 toward Fort Collins.
  • Continue North on I-25 for 42 miles.
  • Use exit 268, Prospect Road.
  • Head west and continue on Prospect Road for about 4 miles.
  • Turn right on S. College Ave.
  • Continue straight for about 0.1 miles.
  • Turn left on West Lake Street continue for about 0.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Meridian Ave continue for about .1 miles.
  • Alumni Center is on the corner of Meridian Ave. and West Pitkin Street.


To Colorado State University via I-70 to I-25
These directions apply to visitors traveling to Fort Collins via 1-70 to Interstate-25 from Denver International Airport Terminal or Rental Car agency:
  • Continue east on Peña Blvd.
  • Merge onto E-470. Take Exit 6B towards Fort Collins.
  • Continue 18.4 miles.
  • Merge onto I-25 North via Exit 47 towards Fort Collins.
  • Continue North on I-24 for 42 miles.
  • Use exit 268, Prospect Road.
  • Head west and continue on Prospect Road for about 4 miles.
  • Turn right on S. College Ave.
  • Continue straight for about 0.1 miles.
  • Turn left on West Lake Street continue for about 0.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Meridian Ave continue for about .1 miles.
  • Alumni Center is on the corner of Meridian Ave. and West Pitkin Street.

Getting to Denver International Airport via I-25 to E-470​
These directions apply to visitors traveling to DIA via the E-470 Express Tollway to Interstate-25 from Colorado State University:
  • Take Prospect Rd. or Mulberry Rd. East to I-25.
  • Merge onto I-25 south toward Denver & continue south for 40 miles.
  • Take the E-470/Northwest Pkwy Exit 228, keep left towards Limon/E-470.
  • Continue for 18 miles.
  • Take the Pena Blvd. Exit 28 toward Denver International Airport.
  • Follow signs to Rental Car agencies or Airport Terminal.
  • *Note: Portions of E-470 require toll passage. A photo of your license plate is taken and a  bill sent automatically.

These directions apply to visitors traveling to DIA via 1-70 to Interstate-25:
  • Take Prospect Rd. or Mulberry Rd. East to I-25.
  • Merge onto I-25 south toward Denver & continue south for 50.9 miles.
  • Take I-270  Exit 217B on the left toward Aurora/Limon.
  • Continue for 10.4 miles.
  • erge onto I-70 east toward Peña Blvd./AirportContinue for 11.6 miles,
  • MMerge onto Peña Blvd. via Exit 284 toward Denver International Airport.
  • Follow signs to Rental Car agencies or Airport Terminal.

​Accomodations

Best Western University Inn
914 S College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970-484-2984 (888-484-2984 toll free)


Hilton Fort Collins "The Choice Hotel for CSU Friends and Family"
425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-482-2626


Fort Collins Marriott
350 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 1-800-228-9290
Local Phone: (970) 491-3388
Toll Free Phone: (800) 274-FORT (3678)

There are also a wide variety of other off-campus lodging options. For more information, please contact:
Fort Collins Convention and Visitor's Bureau
E-mail: information@ftcollins.com
Web address:  http://www.visit.ftcollins.com
 

Special Needs?

If you have any special needs for your participation in this event, please contact:
Richard Toftness, Project Manager
rtoftness@gmail.com, TEL:970-310-4994