COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hundreds of people gathered Friday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the world-class Olympic Museum.
The 60,000 square-foot museum will cost over $75 million.
Organizers say it will celebrate the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and games.
It will include a hall of fame, interactive displays and exhibits, a theater, and a retail space and cafe.
Mayor John Suthers and Governor John Hickenlooper spoke at the ceremony, and both highlighted the excitement they have for this facility to bring more people to Olympic City.
“[It’s] A place where Americans will come to learn about, and be inspired by the efforts and accomplishments of great athletes, and be inspired to embrace the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Mayor Suthers said.
They expect to serve over 350,000 tourists each year – well over half of those coming from out of state.
The museum will be just blocks away from the Olympic Training Center downtown, and is set to open in summer of 2019.