SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 98 olorado Springs, Olympic City USA, offers amazing backdrops like Pikes Peak — America's Mountain and Garden of the Gods Park. Paired with state-of-the-art ven- ues, fields and event centers to take on the other team, the area is an easy choice for planners. Home to the recently renovated Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, more than 20 national governing bodies, and the soon to be U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, the destination is sure to inspire your best performance. Add a few days pre- or post-event to enjoy the area's 55+ attractions and activities. In addition to impressive venues like The Broadmoor World Arena, the U.S. Air Force Academy and El Pomar Youth Sports Park, renovations, additions and upgrades are happening throughout the area. The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome features a covered dome. This means the facility provides year-round training and the ability to hold competi- tions during the winter months. The John Venezia Community Park broke ground in April and is expected to be complete in 2017. The site boasts three soccer fields, four tennis courts, four pickleball courts and two basketball courts, perfect for a smaller youth event. The site also has the Briargate Trail for runs or hikes. New to the inventory of sports venues are 15 dedicated pickleball courts located in scenic Monument Valley Park just north of downtown Colorado Springs. The Scott Hall Field of Dreams is in the fundraising stage with goals of having the first phase complete by the end of 2017, beginning of 2018. Phase I includes two quads of base- ball diamonds, totaling eight fields, as well as four full-sized sports fields that could be used for football, soccer and lacrosse. The fields would utilize artificial turf, extending seasons, and would include lighting for evening events. The team can easily blow off some steam touring Cave of the Winds Moun- tain Park, winding the trails of Red Rocks Open Space or getting up close and personal with the animals of America's only mountain zoo. New adventure awaits at Overdrive Raceway, the only two-story go kart track in the country. The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in nearby Cañon City is a blast from prehistoric past. Other unique experiences include escape and puzzle rooms, guided ATV tours and interactions at a wolf sanctuary. Properties can host any budget, many located near venues and things to do. Home to flags like Wyndham, Marriott and Hilton, there are plenty of choices to rest up. True Colorado offerings can be found at places like Cheyenne Mountain Resort, The Antlers, Great Wolf Lodge and Hotel Eleganté. Colorado Springs is also an easy trip whether by car, or flights directly into the regional Colorado Springs Airport. The dedicated staff of the Colorado Springs CVB is here to cheer you on every step of the way. Take advantage of personalized site inspections, proposal submissions and service provider recom- mendations. Olympic City USA is the per- fect place to strive for the very best. Start planning at n C Compete in Colorado Springs Cheryl McCullough, Director of Sports & Special Events (719) 685-7642 Colorado Springs CVB "Colorado Springs is the proud home of the USOC, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and approximately 60 national & international sports organizations, including over 24 NGBs. A destination that values sporting activities, Colorado Springs is con- venient, economical and offers the venues and expertise to host your next competition or sports conference." The now covered Colorado Springs Olympic Training Velodrome offers year-round competition. Navigate the 600-foot high Wind Walker Challenge Course.

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