Colorado College partners with city of Colorado Springs for new on-campus Robson Arena

An artist's rendering of the proposed Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus (photo: Colorado College Athletics)
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus (photo: Colorado College Athletics).
Colorado College, in partnership with Colorado Springs’ City for Champions initiative, has unveiled a proposal to build the Edward J. Robson Arena as an on-campus arena.If approved, this new facility with 3,000 permanent seats would become the permanent home for the Tigers.The arena would be comparable in size to the arenas of colleges and universities that have similar numbers of students and Division I hockey programs. The venue, proposed for the block bordered by Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre, Tejon and Dale streets, would provide many firsts.For the first time since the program’s founding in 1938, the CC hockey team would be able to play games on campus. Students, coaches, staff, faculty, and local fans would be able to walk to attend practices and games. Student-athletes won’t have to leave campus for practice and competition, giving them more time to focus on academics. And for the first time, the entire on-campus community would be able to gather in one indoor location.Robson Arena was originally planned to be a practice venue. Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler says the city’s investment through City for Champions, as well as commitments from a number of donors, has allowed the college to envision a multi-purpose, sustainable, state-of-the-art competition venue that would benefit both the college and the city.”Thanks to this partnership and the generosity of donors including alumnus Ed Robson, the George Lyon family, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and others, the college is moving forward with this ambitious project,” said Tiefenthaler in a statement. “We’re grateful to the city of Colorado Springs for partnering with us and supporting this hockey arena, which will greatly benefit both the college and downtown.”With support from donors, and if the City for Champions initiative is approved, CC will have received more than $28 million in commitments toward the approximately $39 million arena.Colorado College joined the city of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a member of the United Soccer League, in making the announcement on July 25. The Switchbacks also unveiled plans for a new outdoor stadium on the southwest side of the city during the announcement. The next step in the project is presentation of the business plan to the Colorado Economic Development Commission at its meeting in September.Robson Arena would be unique in size and scope, easy to manage and maintain, and optimized for high-level athletic competition due to its comprehensive sports-medicine facility, in-house TV production capability, flexible floor space and experienced staff.The arena, which would have about half the number of seats as the hockey team’s current home, the Broadmoor World Arena, is part of CC’s master plan that was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees in 2015. The multi-purpose arena would offer a wealth of opportunities not only for Colorado College, but also for the Colorado Springs community and the larger Pikes Peak region. The venue could host regional, national, and international events in partnership with the USOC and related governing bodies, further enhancing Colorado Springs’ vision to become America’s Olympic City.”We are thrilled to partner with the city on this important project,” said Colorado College director of athletics Ken Ralph in a statement. “This is a game-changer for both Colorado College and downtown Colorado Springs. This is one of those rare circumstances where it is a win for all involved.””This is an exciting day for the Colorado College hockey program,” added Tigers coach Mike Haviland. “To be able to walk across the street to see the Tigers play not only benefits our players, but our students and faculty. Personally, I cannot wait for our players to compete in an on-campus arena. That is what collegiate athletics is all about.”The Tigers will continue to play at Broadmoor until the new facility is completed and Colorado College will handle all operations, scheduling, and maintenance for Robson Arena.

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  1. Wish them luck, great move to have campus arena. Since the rink size was not mentioned, assume it will be “standard” rather than Olympic size. I can think of one possible downside. How many season ticket holders does CC currently have at the World Arena? If there is more than 3000, some will get left out, probably “non-donors”. If it is more than about 2700, will some newer ones get forced out? I don’t know for sure, but I would think the NCHC makes home teams allocate some tickets for visiting teams.

    • There are 1,900 students, plus a few hundred faculty. Since they will now be able to “walk” to the arena, presumably more will want to attend. Plus, the school will want to hold out tickets for visiting alums to attend games. The current arena holds about 7,500. There are now more than 700,000 in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area. Cutting seating by more than half is a big middle-finger to local fans (but a boon to AFA hockey). Robson is an alum who played hockey at CC during the glory days in the early 1950s. He gave CC $8 million for the new arena. If the purpose of the new arena on NHL ice is to bring the program back to its glory days, the numbers just don’t make sense. Just a guess, but there may be something else at play here. CC is all about academics (and big contributions from alums). About 10 years ago it shut down the football program that had been around for 100+ years. Maybe a D1 hockey program is not in the school’s long-term future. I think it’s great to have an on-campus arena for a whole host of reasons. It’s long overdue. But this proposal doesn’t smell right.

      • Thanks for the reply, but I know how much the World Arena holds, I go down at least once a year to see DU-CC play. I also know the approximate size of Colorado Springs. You failed to answer my question, however, and appears you have no idea. How many people currently have season tickets to CC games at World Arena. This includes student section, and locals that attend. That is why I questioned if some would be left out in the new Robson Arena, when they move.

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