A proposal to build a 10,000-seat sports and event center in city-owned Antlers Park in downtown Colorado Springs got a warm reception Monday night at an open house held by the project’s proponents.
The Q&A-style event was held in a ballroom in The Antlers hotel and led by Perry Sanders Jr., a Colorado Springs attorney and co-owner of the hotel, and Nick Ragain, owner of the Switchbacks minor league soccer team with his father, Ed. Antlers Park is directly west of the hotel. The team would play in the center’s stadium.
Some people praised the effort, others expressed concern about adding to downtown traffic or questioned how the public could use the center.
The City Council will discuss the proposal at a meeting Wednesday. The city faces a December deadline to start work on the center or risk losing nearly $28 million in tax-increment financing approved by the state to help build the project.
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