Lets do a comparison of how stupid we can really be...An NFL team draws local crowds that support local eateries, maybe a few other "concession leases". Olympic events draw from a crowd that is international, affecting a longer stay, more places visited, more taxes collected over a longer stay and with more places and types of businesses than just eateries. I think all of the businesses that are involved with Olympic endeavor or benefit from international visitors over the years is a much wiser investment than a football stadium. Sure the football stadium draws a more vocal crowd a few times a year. This is an investment in all of the city. By the way the 250 million investment, not 350 million, is for four projects all around our city, investing in the whole city, not just a downtown stadium. Four different attractions to bring people to our City, to bring money, and taxes that the citizens don't want to pay, that provide for infrastructure in our city because it's one of the largest parts of our tax base, and tourism is mostly for about four months of the year. Let's invest in what we already do well. Tourism.
Besides, for all of you that so fervently oppose City for Champions and seem to think a local marketplace, or more eateries are going to be a great addition, where do you propose the money for that should come from? Is there an opportunity to create a marketplace from the taxes brought in by new tourist to come see these proposed attractions? Yes. Will the marketplace be built without those dollars? Probably not.
People follow the Olympics and Olympic athletes whether they win or lose. If the Broncos start losing, the games stop drawing crowds. There are a lot of people in Colorado, but there's a whole lot bigger pool in the international community. Olympic sports and spirit should be something that we are proud of and truly invest. I'm not saying the Broncos aren't a great sports team, but how many NFL teams are in America? How many Olympic Committees call a city home? Which city is that again? Oh yeah, Colorado Springs.
There are so many positives, and so many reasons that we have grasped this opportunity, and so much that this can bring to our city, that if you don't like this opportunity to improve the city, then quite frankly quit bitching, and start creating another great opportunity for our city to move forward, but don't weigh down the great things that can come from embracing the spirit of championship, sportsmanship and honor that comes from working hard and having dedication, commitment, and spirit to try to be an Olympian.
Also while we are comparing how many people we can name for Broncos or for Olympians, how many times has football been an Olympic sport? How many different sports are considered Olympic pursuits? How many people participate in those sports? How many family members move to support those athletes?
Is it about the big picture and long term success or are we going to continue to listen to the small-minded, vocal minority that want us to continue to talk about what we are going to do, or are we going to stand up and pursue our dreams and a bright future, are we going to allow the struggle to make us great? I for one am for supporting greatness and the Olympic spirit in all of my endeavors.
Champions are not born they are made, and the spirit of a champion is not a destination but a continual pursuit to always be better. "Colorado Springs is the City for Champions"
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