Colorado College hosted another meeting Saturday to discuss the proposed Edward J. Robson Arena with the public.
“There would be more community involvement,” said Lori Yoder, a season ticket holder for the CC Tigers Hockey Team. “There is already so much in this area, it will enhance it more.”
The Robson arena is part of the City for Champions initiative. It’s one of the two planned sports venues in proximity to the U.S. Olympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs.
“CC has never played a D1 hockey game on campus,” said Chris Coulter, Associate VP of Facilities at Colorado College. “It helps the program and it puts the college in a situation in a spirited way to support our program.”
Funding for the $39 million Robson Arena comes from a major gift by Edward J. Robson, from other private donations, and through the C4C initiative.
“I think it should be a little bigger,” Yoder said. “I think 3,000 to 3,500 attendees are just too small. You’re leaving out a lot of fans who want to come to see the games, and they won’t be able to.”
The arena is expected to be built within the block bordered by Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre, Tejon, and Dale streets. Neighbors in the area are worried about the amount of parking the area.
“Do you realize how much additional pollution you’ll be putting into this neighborhood with all the additional cars?“ Colorado Springs Councilmember– At-Large Bill Murray said.
If everything goes as planned, they are expected to break ground on the project in early 2020, and they hope to have the arena up and running by 2021.