The Broomfield, Colo., City Council approved construction plans August 10th for the new multi-purpose, 6,000-seat Broomfield Event Center.
The city-owned facility will reportedly be home to two minor-league expansion teams – one in the Continental Basketball League and the other in the Central Hockey League. The $45 million arena will also host concerts.
“We will have a fantastic state-of-the-art event center for artists and family shows that will be second to none in the market,” developer Tim Wiens told the Rocky Mountain News.
However, Broomfield is only about 15 miles from Denver and some think the competition may be too much. But Wiens and business partner John Frew reportedly expect to flip the lights on at the center more than 120 nights per year. The two will manage the venue.
Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in September for a fall 2006 opening, just in time for the 2006-07 hockey and basketball seasons, the paper said.
The arena will be part of a planned 217-acre mixed-use community which will include apartments, shops, restaurants and offices.