With City Council
having given its approval for a 10-year lease of Sand Creek Stadium
, despite opposition from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox
, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks
broke ground on stadium improvements last week. In attendance were local luminaries like Mayor Steve Bach
, as well as owner Ed Ragain
and others involved in the construction process.
Roughly $2 million in upgrades are being overseen by Populous
, who have pretty much designed every sports stadium built in the last two decades, including the Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium
. It will be built by Bryan Construction
and boast 3,500 seats, a press box, luxury suites and public Wi-Fi. The team already has Nike and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as sponsors.
"One of the things that Ed told us early on was I want to design something that just speaks soccer — make it soccer," says Populous' Kevin O'Grady. "I don’t want to think about the concerts, I don’t want to think about the multi-use right now. Make it intimate, make it fun, make it interesting."
The team says fall should bring an exhibition announcement, jersey and mascot debuts, tryouts and signings.