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Andy Bohlmann cancelled a Cycling Pro cross country mountain bike race this year because he couldn’t find enough business sponsors to back it. Continue Reading Rough terrain: Small sporting events struggle for sponsorships

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This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb sold more tickets, more merchandise and had more sponsors than in years past, setting new records for the 89-year-old Colorado Springs event. The city’s famous 12.42-mile race up Pikes Peak attracted media from around the world and an estimated 6,000 fans lined the windy road with its 156… Continue Reading Hill Climb breaks sponsors, merchandise ticket records

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During the next two weeks an estimated 7,000 athletes are expected in Colorado Springs for the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games, a multi-sport festival for Colorado and Wyoming citizens. The games, in its 10th year in Colorado Springs and hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, begin July 21 with tennis, but the opening ceremony… Continue Reading Rocky Mountain State games to bring athletes, money to town

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Attendance high at 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

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The U.S. Women’s Open just missed its target goal in attendance to the seven-day event at The Broadmoor. The final tally shows attendance at this year’s open at 130,485. “We were trying to beat the record, which was set in 2005 and was 131,407 and we came in just shy of that,” said Becky Petro,… Continue Reading Attendance high at 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

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The U.S. Women’s soccer team is headed to the World Cup finals against Japan, and Olympic presidents from both countries have agreed to a friendly wager. If the U.S. team wins on Sunday, Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda will send a case of traditional Japanese sake, a Japanese lacquered tray and a hagoita, a… Continue Reading Japan, US Olympic commitees start soccer wager

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Sky Sox call up ticket sales

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The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are nearly one-third of the way into their season, and so far it’s shaping up to be another home run — as far as attendance goes. Despite playing a losing season so far, the organization is expected to break attendance records again this year. Last year, the team saw a… Continue Reading Sky Sox call up ticket sales

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With the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open less than three months away, tournament Executive Director Doug Habgood is beginning to think he’s got a record-breaker in the making. “The 2005 U.S. Women’s Open in Denver set the (women’s attendance) record with 131,000,” Habgood said. “I think it’s about time for a new record.” Scheduled for July… Continue Reading Anticipation builds as U.S. Women’s Open approaches

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The rest of the nation knows Colorado Springs as a sports mecca, from the Olympics to mountain biking to ice hockey. Locals, however, may be unaware of the full extent of the city’s sports connection, from youth soccer to annual championships involving teams from around the world. This story gauges the economic impact of the… Continue Reading Ka-ching! When athletes hit town, the dollars follow

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Just five seasons ago, the Tigers drew 158,923 fans to the World Arena for an average of 6,622 per game. By last year, that number had dropped to fewer than 135,000, or 6,443 on average. Continue Reading Tigers hope to net fans with price cuts, promotions

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Jim Morris, the president of the Indianapolis Pacers, made several good points about the business of sports at a lunch this past week sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. and Sports Corp. What he left out of his remarks was also pretty compelling. Primarily, his speech was about reminding Colorado Springs that its amateur sports… Continue Reading Growing Springs’ sports economy will cost money

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