The lowdown on the Showdown

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KUSA - The tradition is older than the D&F Tower (1909), older than the U.S. Mint (1904) and the Brown Palace was just one year old when the first battle took place.

What began in 1892 will happen for an 85th time on Sunday afternoon:  the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams kick off at 4:04 p.m. from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Regardless of which school comes out on top, the 120 year old tradition will entertain fans before and during the game. 

Activities include:

"Tackle Hunger"
CU & CSU will square off to collect monetary donations from fans attending the game to help benefit Feeding America food banks in Larimer and Boulder Counties.  During the first quarter fans can donate $10 via text message by typing TACKLE to 501501.  Results will be announced later in the game.

CSU Alumni Association Pregame Rally
Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Join the CSU Alumni Association for a pregame rally, complete with an appearance by CAM the Ram, a performance by the CSU Marching Band and Spirit Squad, live music by the Nacho Men. Admission is free and open to all Ram Fans. Food and beverage are available for purchase and tickets can be purchased in advance.

Ralphie's Corral Pre-Game Tailgate Party,
Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Join all Forever Buffs in Lot C, just southwest of the stadium, for a public, family-friendly tailgate party prior to kick-off. Enjoy a performance from the CU Marching Band and Spirit Team, delicious food and drinks, plenty of Buff merchandise, and a star appearance by Ralphie. Admission is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Governor John Hickenlooper will participate in the coin toss to start the game, and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will present the trophy to the winning team.

With the newly installed Thundervision system at Sports Authority Field - the second largest video board in the country - college football fans will experience a pro-sports atmosphere.

The Showdown is affordable for students on a budget and families, with tickets starting as low as $25 at

Additional discounted tickets are available at more than 300 Subway restaurants throughout Colorado. 

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