Project officials are discussing plans for a new Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC stadium, including how mixed-use amenities will be incorporated into the design.
USL Championship’s Switchbacks are working on a plan for a new downtown stadium, which will serve as the outdoor entertainment venue planned as part of the larger City for Champions initiative. Plans call for the stadium to seat 8,000 for soccer matches, with that figure expandable to as much as 15,000 for events such as concerts.
Planning for the stadium continues, and design details were discussed during a public meeting on Wednesday. The project will include a 200-unit apartment building overlooking the stadium, to be developed by Weidner Apartment Homes. Current design concepts also feature a restaurant at the corner of Cimarron and Sierra Madre, while the design also calls for a club area that doubles as a banquet space that can be used during non-sporting events. More from The Colorado Springs Gazette:
“This is the critical corner that we think needs to be really stellar in terms of how people come into the city and the experience they get from the stadium,” said Andy Barnard, the principal architect for Perkins and Will Architects, which is handling design.
The main entrance will be positioned a bit to the east on Sahwatch Street where there are plans for one of two plazas.
“The nature of Sahwatch Street will be very pedestrian and festival-like on a game night, but the rest of the time it’s going to operate like a normal street,” Barnard said.
The other plaza will be more lasting as Moreno Street will close between Sahwatch and Sierra Madre with a 200-unit apartment building and retail space going up on the south side of the street. Other planned features include a dining space inside a cog car that was purchased from the Pikes Peak railway, a 7,000-foot, 240-seat sky club that could be used as a banquet room even when sporting events are not taking place and a section for fans seeking a more intense experience just behind the south goal.
The Switchbacks are working to open the stadium in time for the 2021 season. The club currently plays home matches at the 5,000-seat Weidner Field.
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