The future traditional sports venues for Colorado high school state championships are under review after CHSAA relocated several events out of Denver amid the pandemic.
“We go where we’re wanted,” commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. “There is nothing that says that the City of Denver has the stamp on all of those events. The pandemic opened the door to look for some flexibility.”
Denver County’s stricter COVID-19 public health policy over the past academic year led CHSAA to vacate the Denver Coliseum, Empower Field and Ball Arena as championship host sites.
Instead, two Colorado prep football seasons culminated inside CSU-Pueblo’s ThunderBowl. The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs was the host site for the state basketball and volleyball events. The state wrestling tournament was held at the Southwest Motors Events Center in Pueblo.
“We received a notification that the Coliseum will continue to be a shelter through December and then a reevaluation of what that will look like (moving forward),” Blanford-Green said. “Right now, administrators in our office are meeting with multiple site directors to try and find out where we potentially will host some of those (championship events).”
CHSAA assistant commissioner Adam Bright said that Class 4A and 5A state football is set to return at Empower Field for at least two more years under their current contract. Bright added that Ball Arena plans to host state wrestling in 2022. But all locations are subject to change amid an evolving public health landscape and CHSAA’s need to recover from a $500,000 pandemic revenue shortfall.