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May 28, 2014 1:01 AM by Zach Thaxton

Sky Sox and Switchbacks embroiled in stadium squabble

A battle is brewing between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the area's newest pro sports franchise, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC soccer team.  The Switchbacks want to play their home games on a field adjacent to the Sky Sox' ballpark, Security Service Field.  The Sky Sox, however, don't want a new neighbor.

Switchbacks leaders are proposing making major improvements to Sand Creek Stadium, directly adjacent to Security Service Field, including the addition of 1,600 seats, a concourse, press box, and new lighting.  Nick Ragain, the Switchbacks' president, calls the arrangement a win-win for both franchises, but Sky Sox president Tony Ensor says the move would threaten his franchise and create a public safety concern.

"Literally, the gates to the soccer field are within 30 to 40 feet of our front gates and we just find that unworkable from a scheduling standpoint and from an operational standpoint," Ensor said.  Ensor is concerned about scheduling conflicts where there would be an event at both venues at the same time.  He says there's not enough parking or facilities to handle that many people at once.  Ragain says cities across the country have adjoining sports venues and endure very little, if any, scheduling and facilities conflict.

Colorado Springs City Council is expected to vote on the proposal next month. The Switchbacks are set to begin play in the Spring of 2015.

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