- Colorado Springs Switchbacks
- The Colorado Springs Switchbacks bring soccer close to home.
Editor's note: With the news of the City for Champions stadium project coming to downtown, note that the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Colorado College Hockey teams will be moving from their current home venues. Unrelated, in 2019 the Sky Sox will be replaced by another minor league team which has yet to be named.The Colorado Springs sport scene is always growing, with a variety of teams to keep you cheering all year long. If you’re looking for new ways to liven up your weekends or enjoy a game while dual wielding a hot dog and beer, it’s time to get to know our local sport treasures.
The Air Force Falcons bring the excitement of college football to Colorado Springs — and an added layer of friendly military competition whenever the Army or Navy is in town. Air Force Falcons match-ups include games against the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Colorado State University and more. Insider Tip: The Falcons take tailgating nearly as seriously as football, with 130 spots you can reserve for pre-game carousing, ranging in price from $25 to $50 per game, depending on space size.
Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.
Frequent home games and an enormous home rink at the World Arena have made the CC Tigers a local favorite for hockey fans. If you enjoy a game with a healthy dose of rivalry, be sure to check out any game against the University of Denver Pioneers. Insider Tip: Hit the Prowler Hour before Friday games, which gets you in the game 30 minutes early and features food and drink specials, plus live entertainment. It’s basically a tailgating happy hour, right in the arena.
America’s pastime is alive and well at Sky Sox Stadium, where you’ll find dirt-cheap games, frequent fireworks shows and all the ballgame food one’s heart desires. The Sky Sox currently serve as the top affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, so there’s a good chance of catching current and future MLB talent, too. Insider Tip: Check out $2 Tuesdays for the best deal around for a night of baseball with the family. Tickets, parking and select beers are only $2.
Weidner Field, 6303 Barnes Road
The Switchbacks are relatively new to the Colorado Springs sports scene, but they’ve been welcomed enthusiastically by soccer fans for bringing the beloved sport close to home. The team is currently a member of the United Soccer League with a globally diverse roster of players. Insider Tip: Get to the game early for $1 beers at every match during the first 30 minutes of gates open.
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- The Pikes Peak Derby Dames know how to have a good time.
The Pikes Peak Derby Dames make any evening out a smashing good time. The city’s only flat track roller derby league hosts a new bout every month against teams from around the state. The ladies also host fun fundraising events around town.
Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road
The Flames have been playing minor league football in Colorado Springs since 1988 and have won eight Colorado Football Conference championships. Their roster consists mostly of local players, and their games run in the spring and summer.
The Inferno bring soccer inside to an indoor regulation field. The team features hometown athletes and frequent games at the local stadium, which offers field-side seating with beers and apps.
Minor league football gives fans a summer league to enjoy the sport during the college and NFL off-season. The Cyclones include local players and play home games at the Mitchell High School field.
Annual sports events
Hostile Takeoverprimalfightleague.com, April 27
Mixed martial arts comes to Colorado Springs with live cage fights held at the Olympic Training Center.
Rocky Mountain State Gamesrockymountainstategames.org, July 20-22, 27-29
A city-wide celebration of athleticism, with competition for all ages and in a wide variety of sports.
Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascentpikespeakmarathon.org, Aug. 18-19
Runners from all over the country race to the top of Pikes Peak in a half-marathon, marathon, or both.
Labor Day Vintage Baseball Gamerockledgeranch.com, Sept. 3
Everything is antique at this classic baseball game featuring old-school rules, no gloves and vintage concessions like cream soda and popcorn.
Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Famecoloradospringssports.org, Oct. 23
Watch the best and brightest of our sports scene be formally inducted into the city Hall of Fame. A silent sports auction accompanies the event.