Triple Crown up for review

Regardless of whether a Northwest Colorado regional sports complex is built, Triple Crown Sports could continue to have a presence in Steamboat Springs through summer 2008.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to discuss during its meeting today whether to extend the city's facilities agreement with Triple Crown for another year.

What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Citizens Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

The council will not take final action on the extension tonight. The extension must be written as an ordinance and pass two readings.

Triple Crown's existing contract runs through summer 2007. Triple Crown President Dave King has said he will not sign another agreement unless more fields are built in the area.

Local officials are examining the possibility of constructing a Northwest Colorado sports complex, and a committee is conducting a study of the economic impact of such a complex.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board members, after recent discussions with Triple Crown officials, are recommending that the city approve the one-year facilities agreement extension.

According to a letter to the council from Sandy Evans Hall, executive vice president of the Chamber, not extending the contract could hurt the region. If the extension is not made and if the economic impact study shows that sports tourism has a positive economic impact in the area, Triple Crown's business could be lost. An extension also would benefit the city even if the study shows sports tourism does not bring enough positive impact to the region, according to Hall's letter. A one-year extension would give the city time to find a replacement source of revenue.

According to the proposed contract extension, the city of Steamboat Springs would contribute about $60,800 for field maintenance. The Chamber, under a separate agreement, would fund sponsorship costs to the tune of $75,000. Triple Crown would invest at least $15,000 in field improvements or development projects in the community.

The proposed contract extension also addresses other issues. Emerald Park would remain unavailable for Triple Crown use, and an emphasis on Triple Crown youth activities would continue. Also, Triple Crown would have a staff member assigned to each event and a 24-hour phone line to respond to problems reported about Triple Crown participants.

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