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New downtown ballpark under consideration in Colorado Springs

Security Service Field

Business and political leaders are growing more enamored of the idea of a new downtown ballpark for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), to the point of seeking public input on the issue.

The Sky Sox currently play at Security Service Field, where the team has made plenty of investments in ballpark upgrades in recent years. The impetus for a new ballpark came from Mayor Steve Bach, who sees a new downtown ballpark as a way to stimulate additional investments in the city. Before any firm plans are made, however, local politicos and the Sky Sox front office wants to make sure there’s public support for the project. From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

Sky Sox general manager Tony Ensor said Tuesday the team is happy and successful at its current location and didn’t ask the city to consider building a new stadium….

While content at Security Service Field, the Sky Sox nevertheless would consider the idea of a new stadium, Ensor said. But nothing can or should be done until the public has a chance to voice its opinion, he said.

“We’re in the very, very early stages of this conversation,” Ensor said. “The fact that the city has asked us to participate in a study to see if it’s feasible to go downtown, that’s where we are right now. We can’t, won’t make any move until we hear from the community. That’s really what it’s all about for the Sky Sox. How does the community feel about this? Is this something they want?”

The study will be made up of respondents to an online survey as well as the 40,000 names on the Sky Sox mailing list.


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