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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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Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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Colorado Springs is a mecca for cyclists but no one has stepped forward to lead the city’s bid to host a leg of the Quiznos Pro Challenge, an international cycling race set for next year. The city’s tourism bureau cannot assume that leadership role under the organizers’ rules. Without such leadership, the Springs could see… Continue Reading Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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FOUNTAIN — The owners of Pikes Peak International Raceway are all about speed — but they don’t want to crash and burn. John Molloy, Guy Kathe and Bob Brockway bought the raceway under a yellow flag, just as the downturn was taking hold. But today, two years after buying the track, they say they’re gaining… Continue Reading Shifting into higher gear at Pikes Peak Int’l Raceway

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44 local runners compete in Boston Marathon

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Forty-four Colorado Springs residents were among the thousands who competed in today’s running of the Boston marathon, including 1985 women’s champion Lisa Larsen Rainsberger. Springs entrants, equally divided among women and men, ranged in age from 28 to 66. Rainsberger, 48, was the last American woman to win at Boston. She was the official starter… Continue Reading 44 local runners compete in Boston Marathon

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