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Reader: Build a bigger arena




I just received my Colorado College season hockey tickets for the 23rd consecutive year (20 years at the Broadmoor World Arena), and there are some startling facts to consider before we agree to build this wholly inadequate facility. With the mailed tickets, there is a brochure from the NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference), CC's league, giving statistics about each team and city. The facts are: There are eight teams; we are the second-largest city in the league; we currently have the third-largest arena in which to play; and now CC wants to build the smallest arena of all the teams! Most of the arenas for our league seat between 5,000 and 11,000 fans. Only two other arenas are even close to the proposed size: Miami of Ohio at around 3,600 seats in a city of roughly 22,000, and Western Michigan at around 3,650 seats in a city of roughly 76,000. Does this make sense, really?

Our city supports CC Hockey like few other cities our size, especially for college hockey. We have the critical mass of fans who will always attend games, especially if we start our winning ways again, and an arena of 3,000 screaming fans doesn't even come close to what is needed. CC and the city need to re-imagine a world class arena, rich in comfort and design, an iconic building like the Olympic Museum, the Cornerstone Arts Center and the UCCS ENT Performing Arts Center. Plus, don't forget about parking that is also desperately needed to accommodate all our passionate hockey fans and their families. Parking is an equally important consideration in building this facility.

We can do better than what is imagined now. Let's make this a place that is envied in the college hockey world, and that will attract the best players to Colorado College when they step into the arena and see the incredible amenities and beauty of the place.

— Ron Rubin

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