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Coach Prime, Lil Wayne and a talent exhibit: Deion Sanders, CU Buffs transforming spring football game into festival-style “Black and Gold Weekend”

BOULDER, CO – APRIL 22: Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders acknowledges the fans before the Black and Gold game at Folsom Field April 22, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Coach Prime pledged a follow-up that would be larger and more impressive than the initial. And when it's time to organize a spring game at CU, he sounds prepared to follow through.

Coach Prime pledged a follow-up that would be larger and more impressive than the initial. And when it's time to organize a spring game at CU, he seems prepared to follow through.

The Buffs revealed Monday morning specifics for their highly-anticipated spring game at the end of April. As anticipated, the game is just a part of what could best be described as a festival weekend, a celebration of all things Deion Sanders, CU and Ralphie referred to as “Black and Gold Weekend.”

The spring game will take place in late April — April 27, at 1 p.m. at Folsom Field — as usual.

What’s uncommon is everything else. The game will demand a purchased ticket, with prices established at $15 for bowl seating, $25 for Byron White East Club seating, and $5 for students.

A celebration brunch showcasing Buffs football alumni will occur before the spring game, from approximately 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning. However, the festivities actually begin on Thursday. That’s when CU will organize a talent show at CU Events Center, open to any fans, students, faculty and staff, with free admission. On Friday night, CU football coach Deion Sanders will host the “Prime Elite Dinner,” a fundraising, per-plate purchase event at the Nerd Wallet Touchdown Club.

The postgame celebrations are distinctive to the Coach Prime Experience. From the CU news release: “Saturday night will be capped off with Outback Presents ‘The Show,’ A Prime Time Weekend Party, featuring history-making superstar Lil Wayne at CU Events Center.”

Concert tickets go on sale starting at noon April 1 with prices as low as $29.50 (not including fees). On-campus parking for those who attend the game and concert is $10 for the day and can only be purchased on-site.

Tickets to all events are expected to go on sale this week, as per a CU athletics news release, with student tickets hitting the market Tuesday and general seating available on Wednesday.

To take part in the talent show, send an email to [email protected]. Information on the fundraising dinner are accessible via the 5430 Alliance.

The spring game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.

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