Monday, October 20, 2014

UPDATE: C4C Downtown stadium: 10K or 8K seats?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

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UPDATE: This just in from Bob Cope to explain things:

Regarding the seating for the indoor and outdoor venues at the Colorado Sports and Event Center, the resolution is simply allowing for some flexibility with the understanding that the final design will be determined based upon expert advice from a formally engaged professional design team.

The 13,000 total seating requirement is based upon the desire to have the necessary total capacity to accommodate the projected events and projected net new out of state visitors.

Appropriate parking is now a required element as part of the United States Olympic Museum. Under previous drafts, the 1,500 car parking facility was an eligible and approved improvement, but not required. This is simply a trade off by making the parking a required element but allowing for some flexibility in return.

———ORIGINAL POST OCT. 20, 2014, 3:51 P.M.———

The final resolution between the city and the state Economic Development Commission has been released.

In it, the state requires the outdoor downtown stadium to have at least 8,000 seats, and the indoor arena to have 2,000.

This is a decrease from the original resolution, which called for the outdoor venue to have 10,000 seats, and the indoor one, 3,000, for a total of 13,000.

The new resolution, oddly, still requires the combination to total 13,000.

Also, the original resolution said the city would build a 1,500-vehicle parking structure as part of the infrastructure upgrades in the southwest downtown area where the stadium and an Olympic Museum will be built.

The final resolution states "appropriate parking facilities."

We've asked Bob Cope with the city's economic vitality department to further explain. If and when we hear back, we'll update.

Meantime, here's the final resolution:

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