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City for Champions: Private donors stepping up in Colorado Springs

Organizers of the City for Champions proposal believe they can raise millions in private funding needed to complete three of the four planned tourism projects without a dime of public money, they said. Private donors and project organizers have been huddled for weeks working the numbers, said Dennis Hisey, chairman of the El Paso County […]

Colorado Springs council seeks answers on City for Champions board, finances

Colorado Springs City Council members received their first detailed look at City for Champions during a three-hour meeting Monday that was dominated by questions about an advisory board being created to oversee the $250 million tourism initiative and its financing plan. Billed as a fact-finding exercise for council members, the meeting showcased a split within […]

City for Champions has potential to change Colorado Springs’ reputation, some say

The proposed City for Champions projects have the potential to change Colorado Springs’ reputation and how residents view their city, some experts say. “Colorado Springs can be a tough place,” said Jariah Walker, a 36-year-old Springs resident and co-owner of Walker Asset Management Realty. “We’ve always been that ‘almost city,’ We think we’re not as […]

City for Champions economic impact examined

The City for Champions proposal envisions four tourism-related projects that are the size and scope of nothing seen before in Colorado Springs, and it typifies what some economists and city planners say will be needed for successful economic development in the 21st century. The project envisions the construction of a 10,000-seat stadium, a 3,000-seat indoor […]

Colorado Springs officials lay out some details, initial timeline on City for Champions

Concerns that the Colorado Springs City Council cannot get financial information about the City for Champions project should be laid to rest, Mayor Steve Bach said. The full financial picture on four tourism projects is being developed, he told council members and El Paso County commissioners on Thursday at the first joint meeting on the […]

Downtown Colorado Springs likely to evolve as City for Champions’ venues take shape

There’s no blueprint for how downtown Colorado Springs would evolve if a sports and events center and an Olympic museum are built on the area’s southwest side. But now that City for Champions supporters secured $120.5 million in state funding for their proposed sports and events center, museum and two other projects elsewhere in the […]

State board unanimously approves Colorado Spring’ City for Champions at full funding

DENVER – The City of Colorado Springs got everything it asked for Monday when the Colorado Economic Development Commission awarded an estimated $120.5 million over the next 30 years to help finance City for Champions. “This has meaning far beyond what we could possibly envision today,” Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said during a news […]

City for Champions sales pitch to be made Wednesday

It’ll be an all-star cast in Denver on Wednesday when the multimillion dollar City for Champions project is pitched to the Colorado Economic Development Commission. At stake is millions in state economic development incentives that proponents of the project say is essential seed money to launch a visionary proposal. “This is a legacy opportunity, really, […]

Proposal is a mission with an epic vision

Colorado Springs is on the verge of becoming a hotspot for national and even international tourism – thanks to a proposal that is gaining momentum day by day. When I first heard about City for Champions, I thought this visionary project was just what Colorado Springs needed. I saw its potential to leverage the attractiveness […]

City for Champions is organic

City for Champions is organic September 29, 2013   To those who question the motives and origin of the City of/for Champions concept, permit me to enlighten you. The idea was born out of a desire by several prominent civic leaders to take advantage of the State of Colorado Regional Tourism Act (RTA) that provides […]

UCCS wants to compete with national clinics

UCCS wants to compete with national clinics CSBJ / Amy Gillentine / Full article September 17, 2013   Of all the City for Champions proposals in the application for state Regional Tourism Act funding, the UCCS proposal is the only one that will happen with or without state support. The UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance […]

Time could be right for revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs

Time could be right for revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs The Gazette / Rich Laden / Full article September 15, 2013   It seems like you’d need a file cabinet to hold all the revitalization plans proposed for downtown Colorado Springs over the past 40 years. There was an early redevelopment blueprint in 1971; at […]

City Council member should stop sabotaging city’s application

The Gazette / Gazette’s Viewpoint September 12, 2013   Council member Joel Miller has carried a temper tantrum so far he stands to harm the community he was elected to serve. We don’t begrudge Miller for opposing City for Champions, a package of four possible tourism project that would be funded in part by state […]

Celeste-ial power drives museum

Celeste-ial power drives museum CSBJ / John Hazlehurst / Full article September 10, 2013   ?There?s no point in doing this if we can?t do it right,? said Dick Celeste, the driving force behind the proposed United States Olympic Museum. Celeste is not just behind the effort to create the museum in Colorado Springs; he […]

AFA Gateway could enhance access for tourists

AFA Gateway could enhance access for tourists CSBJ / Amy Gillentine / Full article September 10, 2013   For years, the Air Force Academy ranked among the major tourist attractions for Colorado Springs ? with claims that more than 700,000 people visited the Academy every year, going to football games, hiking on the 18,000-acre grounds […]

Selling starts now for Tourism Act projects

Selling starts now for Tourism Act projects CSBJ / John Hazlehurst and Amy Gillentine / Full article September 4, 2013   Supporters and planners of the City for Champions proposal believe its four major projects ? an Olympic museum, a downtown stadium, an Air Force Academy visitors center and a UCCS medical facility ? are […]