The Springs is getting a downtown stadium, but what about parking for it? 

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A proposed 10,000-seat stadium, in the southwest downtown area known as CityGate, and 3,000-seat arena near the Old North End might crowd streets and parking.

Bob Cope, the city's economic development manager, says the city is "strongly looking into" building a 900-stall parking structure for the stadium across the street from the Olympic Museum. There's currently 8,000 spots within three-quarters of a mile of the stadium, he says.

But no added parking is proposed for the arena. Colorado College commissioned a parking and transportation study that showed, even when the students were in session, there were 50 percent more spaces than necessary for the proposed project, Ken Ralph, the college's director of athletics, said in an email. He added that arena parking would primarily be college lots, with some street parking.

Then there's the question of whether the city's narrowing of major north-south roads north of downtown (Cascade Avenue, Fontanero Street and Weber Street) is wise given the additional traffic likely to result from the arena. Jeff Greene, the city's chief of staff, said planners believe changing traffic patterns on Cascade Avenue could actually "enhance" the project.

Of course, the concerns might be premature. The city's Colorado Sports and Events Center proposal isn't final, and still has to go before the state's Economic Development Commission for approval in September.


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