May 5, 2011 5:05 PM by Lee Douglas/Colorado Springs Sports Sports Corporation
COLORADO SPRINGS----------The USA Boxing National Championships, Olympic-style amateur boxing's premier national championship event, will return to Colorado Springs for the second straight year in June.
The 2011 event, which is being co-hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation for the fourth time in the past six years, will be contested June 20-25. The event holds special importance in 2011 with the top four boxers in each of the 13 Olympic weight divisions claiming Olympic berths in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing.
Tickets for the June 25 Championships Night (6:00 p.m.) are on sale now through www.ticketswest.com or by phone at (719) 576-2626.
"We are excited to bring the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships and the nation's top Olympic-style boxers to Colorado Springs in this important Olympic qualifying year," said USA Boxing Interim Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski. "Our collaboration with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation has consistently showcased outstanding results and we look forward to working with them again to put on a first class event in June. It is fitting that our Championship night on Saturday, June 25, will take place on the USOC's Annual Community Appreciation Day (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) in the city, because the final round bouts will showcase many of the top hopefuls for the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
The six days of tournament action will feature over 300 of the nation's top male and female Olympic-style boxers, culminating in final round action on June 25.
"The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is proud to partner again with USA Boxing to bring this premier amateur event to the city and our superb 2011 calendar of events," said Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne. "We will soon announce our plans for the gala June 25 Championship night at the City Auditorium, and we look forward to another sellout crowd with something for all sports fans and families to enjoy as they see our best boxers one year before the Olympic Games in London."
The first five days of competition will be contested at the Colorado Springs Christian School with tournament action moving to the historic City Auditorium for the Final Round bouts. With high stakes and the best boxers in the country showcasing their skills, the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships promises six full days of outstanding amateur boxing action.
Preliminary competition will be contested on Monday and Tuesday before the event moves into quarterfinal action on Wednesday. Semifinal boxing will kick off on Thursday and the consolation bouts will take place on Friday afternoon. The event will conclude with championship round bouts on Saturday, June 25, at the City Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
The pre-Olympic year edition of the USA Boxing National Championships consistently showcases future Olympians as evidenced by the fact that five of the nine members of both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams won gold at the event in the pre-Olympic years, including all three Olympic medalists. Local and regional qualifying tournaments are currently taking place throughout the nation to determine the athletes that will represent the 14 geographical regions and military squads in Colorado Springs.
The USA Boxing National Championships have a long history in the Pikes Peak Region, with Colorado Springs hosting the event in 21 of the last 23 years, with Las Vegas in 2002 and Denver in 2009 being the only exceptions. The City Auditorium is a familiar venue for the event as well as with 2011 marking the 10-year-anniversary of the last USA Boxing National Championships held in the historic facility.
The Auditorium was completed in 1923, and still serves the city of Colorado Springs by hosting various events throughout the year. The building, costing a whopping $424,910 at the time, was primarily used for concerts, theatre performances and graduations. The plaque above the stage is inscribed, "USUI CIVIUM DECORI URBUS", or "For the use of the people and the glory of the city."
In the 1940's, a local promoter, Abe Marylander, brought wrestling exhibitions and boxing matches to the facility. As the years passed, the City Auditorium has played host to various musical concerts, the Harlem Globetrotters, many conventions and trade shows, professional wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, roller derby and more. The City Auditorium was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1995.