Due to circumstances beyond the control of the NCRHA, the 10th annual Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships will now be held in Colorado Springs, CO. The event will shift down the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to the south of Denver into the Pikes Peak Region. The dates, times and blocks for the event will remain the same. A list of hotels with negotiated rates will be available to the teams on NCRHA.org by Monday afternoon, and teams are encouraged to wait until that time to book their rooms. Teams may fly directly into the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) or may fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) which is an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half drive from the north.
The main venue used will be the Tour Inline Hockey Arena in Colorado Springs, and a nearly equal number of games will be played at the Colorado Sports Center in nearby Monument. The two rinks are a 10 to 15 minute drive from each other, depending on traffic.
The Tour Inline Hockey Arena (http://www.sihahockey.com/TourArena.php) is arguably the finest inline hockey arena in the country. Built in 2002, at a cost of $2.1 million, the Tour Inline Hockey Arena has stadium style bucket seating for 250, full dasher boards with tempered glass (seamless in the spectator viewing area) and an NHL size playing surface. On the main floor there are four locker rooms, a pro shop and concessions area. The mezzanine level has the Penalty Box Bar overlooking the playing surface, a hospitality suite, a referee’s room, SIHA’s offices and a print media center. The facility has 200 parking spaces and a patio eating area.
The Colorado Sports and Events Center (http://www.socnroll.com/) is Southern Colorado's premier facility for sports and entertainment. The 54,000 square foot complex offers two rinks, the east rink for ice hockey and the west rink for roller hockey. The inline hockey rink has four locker rooms for players, and concessions and a pro shop are also available in the complex. The facility is in a beautiful location right up against the mountains in Monument, CO, just north of the United States Air Force Academy at the north edge of Colorado Springs.
The City of Colorado Springs has also jumped behind the the NCRHA to assist us in providing a first class event in the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs Sports Corp (www.thesportscorp.org ) and Experience Colorado Springs (www.ExperienceColoradoSprings.com) have pledged their support to make the event a success. The Colorado Springs Sports Corp will be assisting with a number of things, including arranging cost effective lodging. The NCRHA is grateful for their willingness to assist us.
Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region are a fantastic place to visit, with its natural beauty and resources and plenty of activities to entice visitors when they are not at the rink playing or supporting their favorite team. Please return to NCRHA.org frequently in the upcoming weeks for listings of things to do and enjoy while in the Pikes Peak region.
For more information, questions or concerns about the Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, please contact Rob Coggin, Director of League Operations and Officiating at [email protected] or 719-331-7344.