Regents OK $61M for UCCS sports medicine component of City for Champions

Sports Medicine and Performance Center. North Nevada Avenue Campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Construction crews on Wednesday celebrated the halfway point in building the new William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center — one of four City for Champions projects that are planned for Colorado Springs.

Crews placed the last structural beam on the 104,000-square-foot Hybl Center during a ceremony at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The $61.4 million center, which broke ground last fall, is expected to be completed in April.

“It’s going well — we’re on budget and on schedule,” said Jared Verner, a UCCS spokesman.

The Hybl center is expected to cater to professional athletes, as well as youth and amateur club sports participants. About 1,500 students are expected to visit the building on a daily basis for their studies.

The center is among four projects that are part of the City for Champions initiative, which aims to boost tourism in Colorado Springs. They are financed, in part, with $120.5 million in state economic aid from the Colorado Economic Development Commission.

The $75 million, 60,000-square-foot U.S. Olympic Museum has begun taking shape at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street in south downtown Colorado Springs.

A new Air Force Academy visitors center, a soccer stadium at CityGate and a new Colorado College hockey arena have until December to meet the “substantial work” requirement mandated by the state to retain the millions in sales tax rebates.

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