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USA Basketball scraps plans to leave Colorado Springs, will move downtown

April 25, 2017 Updated: April 26, 2017 at 6:13 am
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The USA basketball celebrates their 98-88 win over Australia Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

After more than a decade of uncertainty, USA Basketball has committed to remain in Colorado Springs.

“Finally, right,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said Tuesday night. “I’m excited for the organization that we were able to put this matter to rest.”

USA Basketball will announce Wednesday its plan to move from its building on Mark Dabling Boulevard to a downtown location at 27 S. Tejon Street, on the corner of Colorado Avenue. The United States Olympic Committee also has its headquarters in the building. Construction on the offices is scheduled to begin this summer, and USA Basketball plans to move in by the end of 2017.

The announcement ends a long struggle for Colorado Springs to keep the organization. In 2008, Glendale, Ariz., announced USA Basketball would move to the Phoenix suburb as part of a $53.8 million project. In 2010, Tooley announced the move was off after financing for the project fell through during the recession.

In 2013, Tempe, Ariz., announced plans for a $436 million project called USA Place that would include USA Basketball as its featured tenant. In 2015, then-USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the deal had fallen through.

“It wasn’t the whole enchilada,” Colangelo said.

Working in partnership with the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation, USA Basketball finally worked out a deal to remain in Colorado Springs. The organization’s new headquarters will include 10,000 square feet of office and meeting space and 16,000 square feet for storage.

“USA Basketball is delighted to solidify a long-term commitment to stay in Colorado Springs,” USA Basketball chairman retired Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to be a valuable contributor to the City of Colorado Springs and to the U.S. Olympic movement.”

USA Basketball, a nonprofit organization, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. The organization conducts men’s and women’s junior national team trials and training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams won 129 games and lost only two from 2013-16 in International Basketball Federation (FIBA) competition.

Colorado Springs is home to 23 Olympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

“So much of our Olympic family is here,” Tooley said. “Being in the right place with all of our counterparts, it makes sense for us to be here.”

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