Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s new stadium retains similar identify | Sports activities Protection
Switchbacks FC’s future stadium has one thing previous, one thing new, some issues borrowed and one thing blue.
The brand new stadium being constructed southeast of the intersection of Cimarron and Sierra Madre will maintain the identify of the previous stadium, Weidner Discipline, on the east aspect of Colorado Springs. The identify was introduced at a celebratory occasion on the development web site Wednesday.
“The choice to maintain the moniker ‘Weidner Discipline,’ was actually due to our very sturdy attachment to the Switchbacks’ model. It actually begins with the individuals,” mentioned Greg Cerbana, vp of public relations for Weidner Condo Houses.
“We do suppose it can carry new followers to the park.”
The connection between the Switchbacks and Weidner Condo Houses began with a jersey sponsorship and developed into naming rights on the earlier stadium. The partnership developed into one thing of a wedding forward of the downtown stadium’s opening. Weidner Condo Houses’ funding helped the downtown stadium turn out to be greater and higher than the unique plans.
“We had a really tight funds after we bought began and we have been going to create a stadium that functioned correctly. We have been going to hit the numbers that we needed to hit, and we have been going to perform like we would have liked to perform,” Switchbacks membership president Nick Ragain mentioned. “On the subject of kind, that was one thing that we have been going to let the (Olympic) museum and different individuals round us do as a result of we didn’t have the funds. However as we developed our relationship with Weidner Condo Houses … it’s greater than double the unique schematic design budget-wise. What we’re doing right now is de facto particular.”
Wednesday’s occasion additionally allowed the Switchbacks to borrow some mementos from followers and supporters. A four-foot gap in the midst of the to-be-placed turf served as a time capsule. Cerbana tossed in his Weidner Condo Houses pin. Ragain was going to go away the espresso cup he’s used every day in his workplace. Development employees left a signed helmet with extra issues to be added because the occasion progressed.
“That’s going to be my story when that slide deal with, or no matter occasion occurs, proper at midfield,” Ragain mentioned. “It’s all about tales.”
The plan is for the brand new stadium — adorned with the membership’s new, brighter blue emblem — to be the scene of many future tales. Concert events and different occasions are being deliberate for the stadium, which continues to be on tempo to open in early March.
“That is simply one other nice milestone for the town and a milestone for Metropolis for Champions,” mentioned Bob Cope, financial improvement supervisor of the town of Colorado Springs.
“This is without doubt one of the anchor, catalytic tasks.”
Cerbana mentioned Weidner Condo Houses owns numerous the out there land across the space, which shall be developed with a wide range of makes use of.
“This stadium goes to be an anchor for an amazing leisure district on this space the place will probably be surrounded by flats and meals and eating and beverage and purchasing. It will likely be a vacation spot place right here in southwest downtown,” Cerbana mentioned.
“Weidner Discipline. We’re all in and we hope to see you guys right here on opening day.”