Local Sports Teams in Colorado Springs, CO
While Colorado Springs doesn’t have any major American football teams or basketball, the city is home to a few professional clubs. Not all of the sports in the city are what you’d think of as conventional professional sports, but the residents show their support and the sports scene thrives in Colorado. Here are a few of the local sports clubs in the city.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club
The city has a football club named the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. They’re a professional soccer team that was founded only a few years ago in 2014. They’re a member of the United Soccer League. Martin Ragain, owner and founder of a global electrical and mechanical engineering design firm, owns the franchise.
The Switchbacks have their games at Weidner Field, which is just across the way from Security Service Field. During the summer after the club was founded, the field started a $3,000,000 renovation project. The Switchbacks have a 10-year lease on the field as arranged by the city. The stadium is one of the highest elevated home stadiums, at approximately 6,500 feet above sea-level, of any home stadium in the American soccer pyramid.
Pikes Peaks Derby Dames
Colorado Springs, CO is also home to the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. A derby league that was founded back in the 2005 summertime. It was founded by Courtney Slugs and Kisses Mansfield who was inspired by the Texas Rollergirls. With the help of Denver’s roller derby league, Pikes Peak Derby Dames started their training at Skate City. It’s a league run by its own members and is nonprofit.
The Derby Dames has three home teams that play against each other and two travel teams. The home players include the Killer Queens, Candy Snipers, and Danger Dolls. The travel teams are the Slamazons and the All Stars; they play teams from other leagues. The All Stars games factor into their international ranking that is done by the WFTDA. The Slamazons are classified as their B team. For the most part, they play other B teams.
The Derby Dames have competed in the WRTDA Western Regional Tournament since 2007, where they lost in the opening round. In 2008, they finished in sixth place. After another loss in 2009, they didn’t return to the tournament until 2015, where they qualified for the playoffs but lost yet again. In 2016, their ranking dropped, and they didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox is Colorado Springs, CO baseball club that plays in the minor league. They are a part of the Pacific Coast League. They are also the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Sky Sox started in the 1950s and has a storied history of teams moving into the area to take up the name. They play in the Security Service Field, which has had over $8 million in renovations over recent years.
In the summer of 2017, the club’s owner announced that the Sky Sox were moving to San Antonio, Texas in 2019. They’ll give up the name Sky Sox and play as the San Antonio Missions. The Rookie Helena Brewers will relocate to Colorado Springs to take up the name of the Sky Sox and play in the Pioneer League.
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