Out in the open by itself, with no surrounding buildings, Hughes Stadium is the smallest stadium in the Mountain West conference. Like Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Falcons, a new facility for the Colorado State Rams was discussed in the early 1960s and became a reality by 1967, replacing Colorado Field. The Rams made their debut at Hughes Stadium on September 28, 1967 against North Texas.
Hughes Stadium had a seating capacity of 30,000 when it opened. The stadium consists of single decked grandstands on both sides of the gridiron. The Rams have been very successful at the stadium winning 75% of their games. In recent years, the seating capacity has increased to over 34,000 and 12 luxury suites have been added. Before the start of the 2006 season, Fieldturf replaced the natural grass playing field. In the future, Colorado State plans to expand the stadium to seat nearly 40,000 fans. This project which is expected to cost nearly $15 million will include improvements to the press box, a new playing field, the addition of luxury suites, new scoreboards, and the construction of permanent seats in the north endzone.