A new sports stadium to be built in a downtown public park is being reviewed by city officials in Colorado Springs.
Perry Sanders, the owner of the famous Antlers Hotel at 4 South Cascade Avenue, has proposed building the facility inside the 3-acre Antlers Park, which is to the rear of his hotel.
If approved, the project would be mostly supported by state funds designed for the creation of Colorado Springs’ ambitious City of Champions project.
That effort is seeing the construction of an Olympic Museum, with plans set for a University of Colorado sports medicine center, as well as a visitors center for the nearby Air Force Academy.
Altogether, Colorado has appropriated more than $120 million through the state’s Economic Development Commission for those projects, with the fourth component, a sports stadium, still in the talking stage.
In presenting his idea to the Colorado Springs City Council, Sanders noted that the new facility would be used for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team.
Council members said that that land, because it is public, could not be given to Sanders. But Sanders said he only wants to build on the site, not own it.
The project would include an indoor sports and multi-use center, as well as a large stadium field with nearly 10,000 seats surrounding that space on three sides.
by Garry Boulard
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