An "artist rendering" of Pikes Peak Municipal Stadium.
Our April Fool's Day shenanigans are always fun, especially when we entice a little giggle from our readers, but 2018's prank (see next page) got us thinking a little more about the stadium story which, in reality, remains quite controversial.
Talk of a downtown stadium began years ago — though the project has yet to move beyond the early planning stages — but recent headlines have signaled a renewed push to find a location for the proposed complex. Where that location is going to be is the greatest question, and one we can't seem to get an answer to.
So where should the city's beloved/loathed stadium sit?
reader suggested the top of Pikes Peak, which, looking at the photo above, would make quite a spectacular $2 Tuesday experience, but likely add to the traffic on the peak after the closure of the Cog Railway
But would that top a prime location at America the Beautiful Park, as a few other readers suggested?
An "artist rendering" of America the Beautiful Municipal Stadium.
Or, even better, the city could capitalize on the world-famous name of Garden of the Gods.
An "artist rendering" of Garden of the Gods Municipal Stadium.
Of course, all kidding aside, a handful of readers see an opportunity to kill two controversial birds with one stone by replacing the Martin Drake Power Plant with the venue.
An "artist rendering" of Martin Drake Municipal Stadium.
And at least one reader called for an infill development in the New South End.
An "artist rendering" of New South End Municipal Stadium.
It also didn't take long for billionaire Phillip Anschutz's name to be attached to the project, as one reader suggested his "backyard." While were not entirely sure if Anschutz has a local address, or where it is, we figured one of his well known local properties would suffice.
An "artist rendering" of the Broadmoor Municipal Stadium.
Lastly, in an obvious sign of disapproval for the project, the idea of tossing the entire project in the toilet was pitched by another reader.
Keep the recommendations coming! We'll be updating this piece with the most suitable (and whacky) places our readers think a new stadium would best fit until the official word finally comes down.
An artist rendering of Strawberry Field Municipal Stadium.
After months of speculation and swirling rumors about the possible location of a downtown stadium, the Independent
has learned the preferred site is nowhere near downtown after all.
Rather, it will be built in the meadow of Strawberry Fields open space and will be owned and operated by The Broadmoor resort and hotel. The Broadmoor's owner, billionaire Philip Anschutz, operates the mega entertainment company, AEG, which has a deal with the Broadmoor World Arena.
Strawberry Fields was traded to The Broadmoor in 2016 in a land swap in which the city received hundreds of acres in rugged open space and trails.
The open space's building envelop, once envisioned as a site for picnic pavilions and horse stables, is about 8.5 acres, more than adequate for a stadium. Lawyer and businessman Perry Sanders, who had previously proposed a stadium for Antlers Park just west of his Antlers Hotel, told the Indy
previously that four acres is all that's needed for a stadium.
The real question remains: How will the project be funded? The city expects to received $27.7 million in state sales tax increment funding via the Regional Tourism Act, which also is funding three other projects. Those include the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' sports medicine center and the Air Force Academy's new Visitors Center.
The stadium has been estimated to cost roughly $93 million, leaving a $65 million gap between state funding and the actual cost.
The Broadmoor couldn't be reached for comment, but sources tell the Indy
the resort is proposing to convert a large portion of the 186-acre Strawberry Fields into parking to serve the stadium. Because the open space consists of rolling hills and some rocky outcroppings, the sources say significant excavation will be required. The deal would allow The Broadmoor to retain parking fees, sources say.
The Palmer Land Trust could not be reached for comment on how that new plan squares with requirements contained in its conservation easement for Strawberry Fields, which required that most of the land be open to the public and maintained as open space.
Reached on a Broadmoor golf course for comment, Mayor John Suthers said simply, "April Fools."
Editor's note: In case you didn't get it: This is a joke and none of it is true.