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Reid Arena

Colorado Springs, CO

Home of the Colorado College Tigers

2.9

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Reid Arena (map it)
44 W Cache La Poudre St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Colorado College Tigers website

Reid Arena website

Year Opened: 1970

Capacity: 1,000

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Welcome to 6,035 Feet - Breathe Deeply

Colorado College is mostly known for its Div I hockey and soccer teams with all other sports residing at the Div III level. The men’s and women’s basketball teams play in the SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) and play their home matches at Reid Arena, part of the El Pomar Sports Center on campus in downtown Colorado Springs, CO.

A $27m renovation of El Pomar Sports Center was completed in 2013 and includes updated locker rooms and visitor restrooms, a Hall of Fame lounge, a deluxe fitness center, gym equipment, a new basketball court, and a new seating and sound system for Reid Arena.

Colorado College men’s basketball began in 1914. The team has made it twice to an NCAA tournament in the last 25 years but has only had a handful of stellar years.

2.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    1

Snacks are available for purchase during the game: soda (Pepsi products), water, candy, chips, and popcorn. It's enough to hold you over for two hours; but it's not a meal. Prices for the snacks are just $1. Do not consider Reid Arena a lunch or dinner destination.....visit the many restaurants in the downtown Colorado Springs area for that.

Atmosphere    3

Reid Arena is a smaller gym than its SCAC opponents and it offers decent sports entertainment.

Five to seven rows of comfortable, folding seats hug the sidelines; an additional seating area of padded bleachers is behind one basket. Cup holders are not available, though a nice touch is the seat arm rests can be pushed up to provide additional comfort and room. Because it is a small venue, each seat is close to the court and playing action.

Half time entertainment can include youngsters from local basketball camps shooting for a basket as well as kids just getting a chance to dribble and throw a ball in the hoop.

The sound system is clear and crisp. Music is played before game time to help energize and motivate the players but is, thankfully, shut off during the game. Baskets and foul shots are announced throughout the game.

Thankfully, no center scoreboard or video board is hung as that is not needed and would be overkill in a smaller venue like this. Instead flat digital displays are placed on each of the sideline walls visible to all fans. The stats offered are basic: the points and fouls per team, half and time remaining, last foul player's jersey number and foul occurrence number, etc.

Neighborhood    5

Colorado Springs is a vibrant tourist destination all four seasons. It is a place for outdoor adventures, brewery tours, sporting events, and history.

Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, rafting, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding... the Colorado Springs area is an outdoor enthusiasts' paradise. And adjacent to Reid Arena is Monument Creek and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail that can be strolled, biked or hiked prior to or after a match.

Twenty + breweries are in and around the 'Springs making for a fabulous brewcation, if that's your thing. Several breweries are only nine or ten blocks from campus such as Phantom Canyon or Triple S. Restaurants within the same walking distance include Spice Island Grill (Jamaican). Judge Badwin's (a pub inside the Antler's Hotel), The Melting Pot (fondue), and Jack Quinn (Irish Pub). There's a whole slew of other eateries from which to choose just a mile or so away in downtown Colorado Springs.

Besides Colorado College sporting events which include World Arena (where the Colorado College Tigers hockey team plays), Security Service Field (Sky Sox AAA minor league baseball), Sandcreek Stadium (Switchbacks USL soccer), US Airforce Academy sporting events, and the US Olympic Training Center are all within a 10 minute drive.

Visit downtown Colorado Springs with its parks, museums, art, shopping and dining such as Pioneer Museum, Antlers Park, America the Beautiful Park, Fine Arts Center, and Art on the Streets.

Traditional tourist attractions (though not downtown Colorado Springs) well worth visiting are Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the US Airforce Academy.

And, yes, this being Colorado, cannabis tours are available in the 'Springs. Do your research, if this is of interest.

Upscale hotels near the campus include The Mining Exchange - a Wyndham Grand Hotel, and The Antlers. More affordable ones are Econo Lodge (just a few blocks from campus), Holiday Inn Express, and Quality Suites. Many other motels and hotels are available in and around Colorado Springs.

Fans    2

The biggest fans are the teammates of the players on the floor - both the home and the away teams - and they deserve recognition. Other fans can include families, visiting team athletes, alumni, and local residents.

The arena does not fill up. At the game I attended I was told it was half block so not all students were back from winter break making the attendance a bit smaller.

Access    3

The arena is nestled a few blocks north of downtown Colorado Springs and is just a few blocks off Interstate 25.

Bus service is available in Colorado Springs with a stop two blocks from Reid Arena at the Cascade / Cache La Poudre FS stop. Check Metro Mountain Metropolitan Transport for schedules and information.

The closest airport is Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) though it is a small airport. DIA (Denver International Airport) is a better choice with many more flight options available. It is a 1 and 1/2 hour drive to the Colorado College campus from DIA.

Parking near the arena is unpredictable. Street parking is available on W Cache La Poudre St, however that fills up very quickly with other activities occurring in the area. A small parking lot is also available across the river. Watch out for snow and ice.

When entering El Pomar Sports Center, Reid Arena will be on the immediate left. After entering the Center but before entering the arena, stroll the entryway to see trophies, awards, and memorabilia of all Colorado College Sports over the years. This is the place to stretch your legs and where the restrooms are located.

Return on Investment    4

Admission is quite reasonable with adult tickets ($5), children 13 - 17 ($3), CC students, staff, faculty (free), kids 12 and under (free). A game day roster is included with the ticket price. Though limited, concessions are only $1 and parking is free.

On several occasions, one can see a men's and then a women's game back to back for the same price as is common in other colleges.

The quality of the game on the court is not played as well as higher level NCAA divisions but watching the Tiger players and their opponents give it their all, and being able to sit so close to watch the athletes is worth the price.

Extras    2

Located near the downtown of Colorado Springs and all that it provides benefits an extra mention.

Making a significant investment ($27m) to renovate the sports center and bring its facilities to date with modern day needs, comforts, and equipment for its students and faculty proves Colorado College is invested in its sports and fitness programs.

Final Thoughts

I wouldn't necessarily recommend traveling a long distance to Colorado Springs just for a Colorado College Tigers basketball game (unless you're a parent of a player). Yet, if you're in town or close to the area, it is worth the effort and price to see a few hours of basketball action at Reid Arena.

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