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C4C stadium projects need more time, UCCS project underway 

click to enlarge Rendering of The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. - COURTESY UCCS
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  • Rendering of The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center.

The city has asked for more time to complete the "substantial work" required to receive tens of millions in state tax rebates needed to build the stadium and arena and the new Air Force Academy visitors center — all City for Champions (C4C) projects.

A 2013 agreement between the city and the state's Economic Development Commission requires that significant progress be made on the projects before this December in order for the funds to be available. City officials had hoped that their business plan for the arena and stadium, presented to the commission in September, would be enough.

However, state officials did not find enough progress had been made to satisfy the requirements of the agreement, and instead recommended that the city request a yearlong extension.

The future of the Colorado Sports and Events Center — the fourth and final portion of the City for Champions project — was uncertain until July, when the city announced plans to build both a 10,000-seat stadium to house the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team and a 3,000-seat arena for the Colorado College hockey team.

Meanwhile, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs recently celebrated the groundbreaking of another C4C project: The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. A release notes that the "104,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the nation to integrate undergraduate and [graduate] education with clinical practice and research in a sports medicine and performance environment." The clinics will be operated by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.


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