City for Champions becomes a reality

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2019 City Highlights

In the next couple of years, Colorado Springs will be the proud home of five brand-new, visitor-drawing, state-of-the-art sports and cultural facilities. That’s because major milestones hit in 2019 have the city on track to leverage $120M in revenue from the state’s Regional Tourism Act for the construction of these facilities. 

“The City for Champions effort will be one of the most transformative initiatives in the history of our city,” said Mayor John Suthers. “Between the economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will come experience our city to the new and exciting offerings that our residents will enjoy through each of these facilities, I’m confident that City for Champions will provide long-lasting benefits to the City of Colorado Springs”  

MILESTONE: Ground breaks on downtown stadium

Ragain Sports, SwitchbacksFC and Weidner Apartment Homes broke ground in December 2019 on a $35M stadium and surrounding $250M mixed use development. 

  • 8,000 seat outdoor venue will hold more for concerts or other events utilizing field space
  • Restaurants, public plaza, apartments included in development plans. 
  • Switchbacks FC, the Stadium’s anchor tenant is the first professional sport with national broadcast in Southern Colorado. 

MILESTONE - Colorado Economic Development Commission gives final nod for U.S. Air Force Academy Gateway Visitors’ Center Project

  • The project is now expected to break ground in February 2020. 
  • The project in total is expected to create 1,200 permanent jobs and 1,700 construction jobs.
  • The full development is estimated to bring $2.6M in economic growth over 25 years.

MILESTONE: U.S. Olympic Museum construction 95% complete

All glass windows are in place and the last diamond panel will be installed on the exterior of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in the next few weeks.

Construction continues on the 60,000-square foot building in downtown Colorado Springs. It is estimated that 95 percent of the building is complete. Crews have started bringing new dirt into the plaza in front of the museum and grading that area; concrete will be poured soon in the plaza and the second floor outdoor event space. Construction of the café continues and glass will be installed in the coming weeks.

All glass windows are in place and the last diamond panel will be installed on the exterior of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in the next few weeks.

Construction continues on the 60,000-square foot building in downtown Colorado Springs. It is estimated that 95 percent of the building is complete. Crews have started bringing new dirt into the plaza in front of the museum and grading that area; concrete will be poured soon in the plaza and the second floor outdoor event space. Construction of the café continues and glass will be installed in the coming weeks.

The Summer Games gallery walls are nearly completely installed, while the Winter Games wall is being prepared. A faceted wall in an upstairs gallery – where a United States map will show where Olympic athletes come from – is also in place.  Ceiling tiles are installed in several of the galleries to give the space a nearly finished look. 

Drywall is nearly finished in the upper atrium and GFRG panels (the perforated sails) are being completed in the atrium as well.

-    Courtesy USOPM

MILESTONE: Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center Tops off 

Construction Chugs Along Ahead of June 2020 Opening Date 

  • On July 31, UCCS held the “topping off” ceremony on the Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. 
  • A partnership between UCCS and Penrose/St. Francis-Centura Health, the facility is expected to serve up to 400 individuals per day in the first year. In addition, 1,000 new students are anticipated to enroll at UCCS due to new opportunities at the facility. 

MILESTONE: Demolition, utility work ahead of 2020 groundbreaking on Robson Arena

  • Colorado College has added a multi-level parking garage with 324 spaces to construction plans.
  • The 68,000 square foot facility will be able to host both on-ice and off-ice events.
  • Seating capacity is 3,407
  • The arena is anticipated to open in 2021. 

To read the more about City for Champions, visit visitcos.com.
 

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