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Outpace the Others

Located more than a mile high, the sports industry in Colorado Springs is ahead of the pack. Olympic City USA is the heart of the U.S. Olympic Movement, where hikers blaze the same trails as world-class wrestlers. The Colorado Springs sports industry includes product manufacturers, training companies, semi-pro sports teams, and sports technology. R&D takes an early lead in an environment flush with sports medicine centers, 760-plus tech and manufacturing companies, 375 miles of trails, a community of testers, and two new sports arenas under construction. Reset the finish line with a sports business in Colorado Springs.

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Cecilia Harry Chief Economic Development Officer (719) 575-4310
charry@cscedc.com

Facts & Figures

60+
National & International Sports Organizations
24
U.S. National Governing Bodies of Sport
$400M
Generated Annually by Sports Economy
HQ
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Only
City Officially Recognized as Olympic City USA
1 of 3
Official Olympic Training Centers in U.S.

Olympics & Paralympics

Home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Colorado Springs is Olympic City USA and has the winning assets to prove it.

The city is home to more than 20 national governing bodies, 50-plus national sport organizations, the largest U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, and, most recently, the new $75 million U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Other facilities include the U.S. Olympic Training Center Velodrome, Broadmoor World Arena (ice skating training center), and the World Figure Skating Museum.

Thanks to a formal agreement, Colorado Springs is the only city endorsed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee as Olympic City USA. This partnership allows for exclusive opportunities with residents, students, and athletes. Education programs at 70 schools include essay contests, field days, and fostering an understanding of ethics, fair play, and inclusivity. In Olympic years, locals and Olympians gather downtown to celebrate Colorado Springs’ own opening ceremonies. Championships (national and international), tournaments, and Olympic qualifying events keep the spirit of the Olympics alive year round.

Also supporting the national sports complex in Colorado Springs are the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

National governing bodies headquartered in Colorado Springs include: USA Archery; USA Basketball; USA Bobsled and Skeleton; USA Boxing; USA Cycling; U.S. Fencing; U.S. Figure Skating; USA Hockey; USA Judo; USA Karate; USA Modern Pentathlon; USA Racquetball; USA Shooting; USA Swimming; USA Table Tennis; USA Taekwondo; USA Team Handball; USA Triathlon; USA Volleyball; USA Weightlifting; and USA Wrestling.

Sports Business

An abundance of natural testing terrain, a robust manufacturing industry, mild weather, and a community of athletes makes Colorado Springs an ideal location to develop and manufacture sporting equipment.

Countless trails, park roads, and a velodrome provide the R&D assets for bicycle and bicycle component companies. Angletech Cycles and Borealis, the number one fat bike company since 2013, are headquartered in Colorado Springs. Supporting bikemakers across the globe from Colorado Springs are KoobiRockShox, SRAM, and SRM.

Manufacturers like MBS Mountainboards, Maxx Eyewear, and others gain peak benefits doing business in Colorado Springs. The local manufacturing workforce tops out at nearly 12,000. Manufacturing incentives and tax credits are available for qualifying companies, and electric utilities come with industry-setting reliability, low costs, and account service tailored to specific business needs.

Outdoor recreation companies also earn support from the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, a Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC partner. The Alliance is a collaborative of outdoor businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and individuals who recognize the value of our region’s natural and recreation assets as an economic driver and a catalyst for health and well-being. The group has been successful in helping attract new business, advocating with government for outdoor recreation policies, and increasing the Colorado Springs brand at events like Outdoor Retailer in Denver.

Workforce

Expect a blend of manufacturing and sports management expertise within the Colorado Springs workforce.

Pikes Peak Community College and regional schools, including high schools, offer a range of basic manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, machining, and engineering courses and certificates. Technology is woven throughout education in Colorado Springs, a city known for its tech-savvy talent. The region’s manufacturing workforce is made up of nearly 12,000 skilled workers and professionals. Chances are, many are already passionate about their favorite outdoor activities because of the Colorado Springs lifestyle.

Switching gears, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs presents one of the leading sport management programs in the country. The college uniquely prepares by inviting sports leaders into classrooms and creating internship opportunities in sport organizations.

UCCS is also home to the new $64 million William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center, which brings together patients and students for R&D, testing, counseling, and variety of clinical services. Research includes exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and human anatomy.

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