Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club is a professional soccer team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2014, the team is a member of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. The franchise is owned and operated by Martin Ragain and Ragain Sports, LLC.

History

An ownership group from Colorado Springs were awarded a USL Pro franchise on December 5, 2013, with plans to begin play in 2015. The team's name, the "Switchbacks", was announced on January 31, 2014, following a fan contest. The team hired Steve Trittschuh as their head coach on March 11, 2014.

On October 30, 2018, Switchbacks FC announced an affiliation agreement with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, who are based in the Denver area.

Stadium

The team opened Weidner Field, a new 8,000-seat downtown stadium, for the 2021 season. Plans for the stadium were officially announced by the City of Colorado Springs in July 2018. Construction began on December 7, 2019. The stadium will cost $35 million, to be funded by city bonds, the club, and a real estate partner. On October 15, 2020, the name "Weidner Field" was officially transferred from the team's old stadium in eastern Colorado Springs to the new downtown venue.

The former Weidner Field, now officially known as Switchbacks Training Stadium, is a soccer stadium adjacent to UCHealth Park (formerly known as Security Service Field). In the summer of 2014, the club started a $3 million renovation of the stadium after signing a 10-year lease with the City of Colorado Springs. Located at roughly 6,500 feet above sea level, the stadium was at the highest elevation of any primary home stadium for a professional team in the American soccer pyramid. This status will transfer to the new Weidner Field, although it sits at a lower altitude of 6,035 feet.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC