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Switchbacks Break Ground on New 8,000-Seat Downtown Stadium

By Staff, 12/07/19, 7:15PM EST


Landmark moment also saw unveiling of new color scheme, crest

Renderings of the new 8,000-seat downtown stadium that will become the new home of Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC for the 2021 USL Championship season. The club broke ground on the facility on Saturday night.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC delivered a landmark day in its history in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday night as the club broke ground on a new 8,000-seat stadium and revealed a new crest and color scheme.

“Words can't describe how pleased I am to see this project break ground after six years of effort,” said Switchbacks President Nick Ragain. “The downtown stadium is a game-changer for Colorado Springs on many levels.”

The downtown stadium will be a multi-use facility that can accommodate a variety of sporting and entertainment events. Located at the CityGate property, the new stadium site is bordered by Cimarron St. to the North, Moreno Ave. to the South, Sierra Madre St. to the West and Sahwatch St. to the East. The strategic downtown location allows for high visibility, access to amenities, and special experiences for participants and spectators.

The facility will serve as the permanent home for the Switchbacks and will feature an artificial turf field for competition and an approximately 145,500-square-foot stadium footprint overall.

“Having a downtown stadium is a win for the club and the community,” said USL Chief Operating Officer Justin Papadakis. “The Switchbacks are an ambitious organization with a bright future and this stadium will help boost the club from both an economic and competitive standpoint.”

The downtown stadium has already secured the rights to host, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the NCAA, the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Soccer Championship in 2021. The championships, which are typically held a weekend apart in early December, is the first prestige soccer event added to the new venue's schedule.

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