COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An Olympic Museum that is planned for downtown Colorado Springs is scheduled to break ground next month.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project has been scheduled for June 9.
The 60,000 square foot museum will be located at the intersection of Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street. It will house an Olympic Hall of Fame, exhibits highlighting the history of American athletes, a state-of-the-art theater, gift shop, cafe', and broadcast studio.
Doug Price with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau says the groundbreaking was scheduled because museum backers have secured the required funding to move forward. Price says additional fundraising is planned.
The museum is part of City for Champions, which is made up of four projects and is funded in large part by a tourism grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
In March, city council voted 5-to-4 to contribute $200,000 over three years to the museum project.
The other proposed City for Champions projects include a new visitor's center at the United States Air Force Academy and a sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The fourth proposed project, a downtown stadium, has faced vocal opposition from the public. An effort last month to replace the stadium with a World War II aviation museum failed.