Design Process Underway for Multi-use Outdoor Sports and Events Venue
Background: As part of the City for Champions (C4C) Initiative, two downtown multi-purpose sports venues (together named the Colorado Sports and Events Center) are being planned and designed to host professional, Olympic and amateur sporting events as well as entertainment and cultural events. The two venues are in close proximity to the U.S. Olympic Museum. The Downtown Stadium is the outdoor venue, and the Robson Arena at Colorado College, home of CC Tiger hockey, is the indoor venue. Both will include technological features coveted by competitive athletes, further solidifying the City’s brand of Olympic City USA and providing unique venues to host the growing momentum of a strong and vibrant tourism industry.
Downtown Stadium Schedule
Planning and Design: Through Fall 2019
Construction: Late 2019 - Early 2021
Anticipated Opening: Spring 2021
Downtown Stadium: The Downtown Stadium will be a multi-use facility that can accommodate a variety of sporting and entertainment events. Located at the CityGate property, the Downtown Stadium site is bordered by Cimarron St. to the north, Moreno Ave. to the south, Sierra Madre St. to the west and Sahwatch St. to the east. The strategic downtown location allows for high visibility, access to amenities, and special experiences for participants and spectators. Much of the land is currently vacant and open for development following environmental work related to its long-term use as a steel and iron foundry since the beginning of 1900 until it closed in the early 2000’s. It is also in close proximity to several other sports-related facilities, specifically the new U.S. Olympic Museum, America the Beautiful Park, the administration building for several National Governing Bodies, and the headquarters building for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The facility will be a mixed-use development featuring a rectangular field of play and serving as the permanent home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club (FC) soccer team. It is anticipated to have 8,000 seats, expandable to 15,000 for concerts and other special events. It will encompass an artificial turf field for competition and an approximately 145,500-square-foot stadium overall. Olympic related events, tournaments, and camps will create a synergy between the U.S. Olympic Museum, outdoor stadium, indoor arena, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center that will set Colorado Springs apart nationally as a destination for amateur sporting events.
Partnering on the Downtown Stadium is the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Weidner Apartment Homes. The State Regional Tourism Act (RTA) is providing a portion of the funding over a 30-year time period along with private investment from the project partners. The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, a United Soccer League franchise, will be the primary tenant of the stadium, and Switchbacks Entertainment will operate and program the facility with additional events. The stadium will be constructed adjacent to a mixed-use residential and commercial development in partnership with Weidner Apartment Homes. GE Johnson/contractor and Perkins & Will/architect lead the Design/Build Team.
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