Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC delivered a landmark day in its history in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday night as the club broke ground on a new 8,000-seat 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 new stadium site’s strategic downtown location allows for high visibility, access to amenities, and special experiences for participants and spectators.
The venue will serve as the permanent home for the Switchbacks and will feature an artificial turf field for competition and an approximately 145,500ft2 stadium footprint overall.
Switchbacks president Nick Ragain said:
Words can’t describe how pleased I am to see this project break ground after six years of effort. The downtown stadium is a game-changer for Colorado Springs on many levels.
USL Chief Operating Officer Justin Papadakis said:
Having a downtown stadium is a win for the club and the community. The Switchbacks are an ambitious organisation with a bright future and this stadium will help boost the club from both an economic and competitive standpoint.
The downtown stadium has already secured the rights to host, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the NCAA, the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship in 2021. The championships, which are typically held a weekend apart in early December, is the first prestige soccer event added to the new venue’s schedule.