The Colorado Springs Sky Sox announced Tuesday that beginning April 4 Security Service Field will become a smoke-free facility.

All areas inside the stadium gates will be designated as non-smoking and this policy will remain in place for all events moving forward including Sky Sox games, concerts, functions and other events.

Since the opening of the stadium in 1988, smoking had been allowed in designated areas inside the venue but Security Service Field will now join a growing majority of sporting venues by going smoke-free.

Patrons who would like to smoke will be allowed to do so in a designated area outside the stadium gates. They will be allowed to exit the stadium freely during events to access this area and will be readmitted with a hand stamp they receive upon exiting. These fans will not have to miss any of the action on the field as the designated smoking area will have a live audio feed of the game broadcast over speakers into the area.

“The trend in Colorado Springs and across the country is to provide a smoke-free environment and feedback we’ve received from our fans suggests that the majority now prefer this type of experience,” said Tony Ensor, president and general manager of the Sky Sox. “The decision was made easier by considering the overwhelming evidence of the negative health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.”