USL Championship’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will take an early step toward opening its upcoming downtown stadium Saturday, when a groundbreaking ceremony takes place at the site.
The Switcbacks are moving forward with plans for the new $35 million downtown stadium, which will be designed to host professional soccer matches along with events such as concerts and amateur sports. It is being developed as part of the larger City for Champions initiative, and is expected to anchor new mixed-use development in the surrounding area.
Switchbacks officials, along with local dignitaries and a representative of Weidner Apartment Homes, are expected to be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. local time. This should generate some buzz for the new stadium, scheduled to be completed in time for the 2021 USL Championship season. More from The Colorado Springs Gazette:
The 8,000-seat outdoor venue will house the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team and is expected to help drive residential and commercial development in the area.
The public is invited to attend Saturday’s groundbreaking, which will include a brief fireworks show. Speakers will include Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, City Council President Richard Skorman, Switchbacks President Nick Ragain and Greg Cerbana, vice president of public relations and government affairs for Weidner Apartment Homes of suburban Seattle.
The Switchbacks and Weidner are partnering on the stadium, which is one-half of a downtown sports and event center project that includes an indoor arena on the Colorado College campus. A 2020 groundbreaking is planned for the Colorado College arena.
The Switchbacks currently play home matches at the 5,000-seat Weidner Field.
Rendering courtesy Perkins + Will.
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