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Springs soccer team scores victory off the field

Springs soccer team scores victory off the field

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As millions celebrate the start of the World Cup, Colorado Springs soccer fans celebrate a victory off the field.

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a United Socccer League Pro soccer team, will soon play at Coleman Park's Sand Creek Stadium. City Council gave its approval for the team to make upgrades to the city-owned park. These include built-out seating for 3,500 spectators, a press box and additional lighting. There will also be temporary additions to the stadium.

"Concessions, some restrooms, locker rooms, administrative offices and so forth," Switchbacks President Nick Ragain said.

The $2 million project should be completed in September. Ragain said it will benefit not only the Switchbacks, but all teams that rent out Sand Creek Stadium.

Not everyone is on board with the project. Sky Sox General Manager Tony Ensor said the close proximity to Security Service Field could be a problem.

"We are disappointed in the council's decision, because we do feel like it is going to harm our business," he said.  "We do concerts, we do high school (and) college baseball tournaments, we do weddings out here, we do a little bit of everything out here, so on some of those days we do feel like there could be some traffic conflicts."

Ragain said while the proximity isn't ideal, it won't be a problem. To avoid conflicts, he said no Switchbacks home games will be scheduled on days when there are Sky Sox games.

The Switchbacks will play their first season next year, and they might play some exhibition games later this year.

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