The Colorado Springs consulting firm that determined a downtown baseball stadium would be an economic plus for the city is making details of its research available to the public.
Summit Economics is releasing a 65-page "technical appendix" that contains nearly all the data it used in assembling the study released in June, said Tom Binnings, one of five Summit economists and the report's co-author. The appendix also will have information about the methodology Summit used in producing its findings.
Mayor Steve Bach, who has talked frequently about a downtown stadium, hired Summit to do the study. In general, it said a downtown stadium would boost sales tax revenues, create jobs, increase tourism and boost attendance at Colorado Springs Sky Sox games by 45 percent.
The city and three other groups formally asked Colorado economic officials in July to provide state tourism money to help pay for City for Champions - their proposal to develop four tourism-related projects at a cost of $218.6 million. One project would be a $60.7 million, multi-use downtown stadium that would be home to the Sky Sox, concerts, car shows and other events. State officials will decide in December if they'll OK the proposal.
Of the four projects, the stadium has drawn the most attention.
Some supporters say a stadium would attract thousands of residents, families and tourists into downtown, helping to revitalize a sagging area. Others say Security Service Field on the city's northeast side, where the Sky Sox have played since 1988, remains a perfectly good home for the team and don't want to come downtown to watch a game.
"There are a lot of emotions and a lot of passions over this issue," Binnings said. "So we thought we ought to go ahead and provide more of the detailed documentation, which is not something that we always do, mainly because a lot of it shows our methodology, quite frankly, to our competition."
Binnings said the release of the additional information is not in response to criticism of the report.
"The community is fairly divided on this issue," he said. "We think more transparency is better than keeping our methodologies to ourselves."
The technical appendix contains all of the data Summit used, although it excludes some proprietary information provided by the Sky Sox related to fan attendance, Binnings said.
The appendix is being posted at http://summiteconomics.com/free_reports; the original stadium report also is posted there.