Will downtown Colorado Springs end up with a Sky Sox baseball stadium, Switchbacks soccer stadium or perhaps both?
Moving the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a proposed downtown sports and event center from their suburban, northeast stadium could be back on the table, as The Gazette reported Friday.
But the possibility that the minor league baseball team would become the primary user of the downtown sports and event center - which still lacks a site, price tag and funding - has angered the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team, which has eyed the venue as its new home.
It's also generated a lot of response from Gazette readers.
The team's president lashed out Friday at Mayor John Suthers, accusing him of wanting the Switchbacks to take a back seat to the Sky Sox as a tenant. Being a secondary user in a baseball-first stadium would be a losing proposition financially for the Switchbacks and for the community, said team president Nick Ragain, who co-owns the franchise with his father, Ed.
Here are some comments from Gazette readers.
- "Build whatever stadium(s) you want, just don’t do it with my tax dollars, don’t put public assets at risk, and don’t build on top of an existing park." - Charles D.
- "Gag me with a spoon. A thousand problems in C. Springs and these people are arguing about a ball park. If these (Switchbacks) want to build a field, then pay for a field. Quit being piglets biting the sow." - Daveatthedoor
- "Sports is nothing but entertainment. There's no reason to not subsidize movie theaters with tax money, yet give tax money to owners of sports teams. Let the Sky Sox and Switchbacks build their own stadium(s)." Tim
- "Let's cut to the chase. Suthers and the developers don't care if they build a soccer stadium, a baseball stadium, or a scale model of the Taj Mahal. All that matters is that there is $28-million in taxpayer dollars (what Republicans have called "free money") on the table." - Jack Edwards
- "If you build it, they will come..........or they will leave if you don't." - sooperedd
- "Seems the nod goes to the switchbacks on this one. They are staying in town and the Sky Sox (AAA team) is moving." - Jimmy D
- "Soccer has greater long term potential and the fan base has better demographics. Soccer fans are more likely to appreciate a downtown location and support the local restaurants and bars." - Andrew
- "Would like to see the Sky Sox downtown. Would at least give me a reason to go downtown. In addition the Rockies and baseball overall are doing very well. Downtown stadium could support Pro-baseball, high school and UCCS." - mpinco
- "The Rookie league baseball team would be lucky to fill Spurgeon Field. And BTW has anyone announced what would happen to the existing Security Service Field? If baseball AND soccer move downtown (good luck with that) does SSF become a stock car track or what?" - alf