State Spotlight:
Colorado

While Colorado is renowned for its outdoor recreation activities—not to mention its many major professional sports teams—the state offers everything needed in order to plan a successful sporting event at any level. And now with a new program looking to draw more events back to the Centennial State, it’s sure to soon host even more. “Colorado has long been a bucket-list destination for travelers and groups seeking a taste of the West, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many sporting events in the state were canceled or postponed in 2020,” said Interim Marketing & Communications Director for Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade Jill McGranahan. “As a boost to the state’s recovery efforts, Colorado is providing incentives to event planners looking to host a new sporting event in the state.”

State Spotlight:
Colorado

While Colorado is renowned for its outdoor recreation activities—not to mention its many major professional sports teams—the state offers everything needed in order to plan a successful sporting event at any level. And now with a new program looking to draw more events back to the Centennial State, it’s sure to soon host even more. “Colorado has long been a bucket-list destination for travelers and groups seeking a taste of the West, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many sporting events in the state were canceled or postponed in 2020,” said Interim Marketing & Communications Director for Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade Jill McGranahan. “As a boost to the state’s recovery efforts, Colorado is providing incentives to event planners looking to host a new sporting event in the state.”

Colorado Springs

Known as Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs is an ideal location for any sporting competition or special event. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the city is steeped in sportsmanship and the spirit of competition.

Hotel Rooms: 15,456
Hotel tax rate: 10.20 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Weidner Field accommodates up to 15,000 and provides 117,000 square feet of flexible space
  • Robson Arena is a multipurpose venue
  • Broadmoor World Arena houses 19,500 square feet of floor space
  • El Pomar Youth Sports Complex features nine baseball/softball fields, eight natural grass soccer/lacrosse fields, championship-sized artificial lighted turf field and an in-line hockey rink
  • World Arena Ice Hall has three sheets of ice
Contact:

Visit Colorado Springs, VisitCOS.com.

Denver

With 300 days of sunshine, a walkable downtown, thriving arts and culture, and an award-winning culinary scene, alongside six professional sports teams, 200+ city parks and easy access to the Rocky Mountains, Denver offers an affordable mix of urban sophistication and outdoor adventure.

Hotel Rooms: 12,000 downtown; 51,000 in the metro area
Hotel tax rate: 15.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Empower Field at Mile High hosts football, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby
  • Coors Field is a 50,398-seat ballpark that also hosts hockey
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park hosts soccer, rugby, lacrosse, flag football and more.
Convention Center:

Colorado Convention Center is undergoing a 200,000-square-foot rooftop expansion, including an 80,000-square-foot column-free ballroom.

Contact:

Denver Sports, denver.org.

Eagle

About 135 miles west of Denver and 30 miles west of Vail is the town of Eagle. The town offers a pool and ice rink, golf course and multiple public parks.

Hotel Rooms: Approximately five properties
Major Facilities:
  • Eagle County Fairgrounds and Sports Complex has facilities for baseball, softball, and soccer
  • Terrace Park houses a soccer field
Contact:

Eagle Chamber of Commerce, townofeagle.org.

Estes Park

Estes Park is set to the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and is only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, the third most-visited national park in the nation. The national park, along with a vibrant downtown with over 300 shops, a variety of restaurants and attractions, give guests plenty to do before, after or between competitions.

Hotel Rooms: 4125
Hotel tax rate: 10.7 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Estes Park Event Center offers 33,000 square feet of flexible indoor space, including a 25,754-square foot event hall
  • The Pavilion has 19,184 square feet of indoor/outdoor space
Contact:

Visit Estes Park, visitestespark.com.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is located a short drive north of Denver. The vibrant town offers 300 days of sunshine per year, snow-capped mountains, idyllic lakes and clear-running rivers.

Hotel Rooms: 2478
Major Facilities:
  • Eldora Pool Ice Center houses a 10-lane, 50-meter pool, as well as two sheets of ice
  • Rolland Moore Park features four baseball/softball fields, five basketball courts, eight tennis courts, and two sand volleyball courts
  • Spring Canyon Park has two baseball/softball fields, three basketball courts, three tennis courts, and three sand volleyball courts
Contact:

Fort Collins, ftcollins.com.

Grand Junction

Grand Junction boasts a high desert climate that provides a Colorado experience year-round. With world-class mountain biking trails, the area is an adventurer’s dream.

Hotel Rooms: 3200
Major Facilities:
  • Stocker Stadium houses an artificial turf football field
  • Suplizio Field is a 10,000-seat ballpark
  • El Pomar Natatorium has a 50-meter pool
  • Brownson Arena is an 1800-seat multipurpose venue
  • RiverCity Sportsplex includes one sheet of ice
  • Canyon View Park features four youth baseball/softball fields, 12 soccer fields, and 12 tennis courts
  • Lincoln Park Tennis and Pickleball Complex consists of eight lighted outdoor pickleball courts
Contact:

Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, grandjunctionsports.org.

Montrose

Montrose is located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The historic town is a top spot to enjoy any type of outdoor adventure.

Hotel Rooms: Approximately 15 properties
Major Facilities:
  • The Bridges, Black Canyon Golf Course and the Links at Cobble Creek all house golf courses
  • Gunnison River is one of the state’s premier fishing destinations
  • Uncompahgre River offers excellent fishing opportunities
  • Gunnison River and Uncompahgre River offer excellent fishing
Contact:

Montrose CVB, visitmontrose.net.