The Ed Robson Arena, named for Edward J. Robson, a 1954 CC graduate and former member of the hockey team, is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose, indoor, on-campus competition arena and home of the CC men’s ice hockey team. It enables the college hockey team to play games on campus for the first time since the program started in 1938.  

As part of the City for Champions (C4C) initiative, the Ed Robson Arena is one of two new Colorado Springs downtown sports venues in close proximity to the U.S. Olympic Museum — one outdoor and one indoor — intended to attract visitors to Colorado Springs. Ed Robson Arena and Weidner Field, home of the Switchbacks soccer team, further solidify the city's vision as Olympic City USA, providing unique venues to host the growing momentum of a strong and vibrant tourism industry.  

Ed Robson Arena is built on the college campus on the block bordered by Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre, Tejon, and Dale streets, and easily accessible by its student body, faculty, staff, and numerous alumni and fans who live nearby. It is two blocks east of another recent community collaboration, the alliance between the college and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the largest fine arts center between Denver and Santa Fe, New Mexico. 


site plan Nov. 2019

The arena is unique in size and scope, and optimized for high-level athletic competition due to its comprehensive sports-medicine facility, flexible floor space, and experienced staff. It encompasses competition space, seating, locker and restrooms, concessions, storage, in-house TV production capability, and administrative space. It accommodates seating for approximately 3,400 attendees. The facility can host ice-based and multiple other sports. Most of the other athletics facilities on the Colorado College campus are northwest of the arena (the equivalent of two city blocks in distance). The college also is making these facilities available to the C4C initiative in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Sports Authority. 

The arena is part of CC's master plan approved by the college's Board of Trustees in 2015. The multipurpose space offers a wealth of opportunities not only for Colorado College, but also for the Colorado Springs community and the larger Pikes Peak region. The venue will host regional, national, and international events in partnership with national governing bodies, further enhancing Colorado Springs' vision as Olympic City USA. 

Funding for the arena comes from a $12 million gift by Edward J. Robson, other private donations, and through the C4C initiative awarded to the city through the state's Regional Tourism Act. 

The arena, along with the alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, an operating agreement between KRCC and Colorado Public Radio, and CC's leadership role with Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and the United States Air Force Academy on the Quad Innovation Alliance, underscores the college's commitment to enriching the Colorado Springs community while providing further opportunities for CC students. 

As with Colorado College's recently renovated Tutt Library, the largest carbon-neutral, net-zero energy academic library in the United States, the new arena furthers CC's commitment to sustainable design. 

Colorado College will handle all operations, scheduling, and maintenance for Ed Robson Arena. 


  • $52 million project
  • Facility features:
    • Approximately 120,000 square feet for competition space, seating, locker and restrooms, concessions, storage, and administrative space
    • 3,400 permanent seats (350 student seats)
    • LED lighting and premiere sound system
    • A brand new, high-definition, center-hung video scoreboard
    • Glass windows throughout the arena with beautiful views of campus and the mountains
    • Chapman multipurpose room for classroom and meeting space (with serving space and outdoor plaza)
  • Able to host ice and non-ice events
  • Attached multilevel parking structure
  • Unique food and beverage cart options
  • Campus, recreation, club sports, and community programming opportunities
  • Tiger Store open on event days
  • Art installation areas in the student entrance and club level
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Project Schedule

  • Activities on the site in 2019 included demolition, utility relocations, and other activities necessary to prepare the site for construction.
  • Completion of Schematic Design: Summer 2019
  • Selection of Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC): Summer 2019
  • City Council approval Dec. 10, 2019
  • Groundbreaking: Feb. 15, 2020
  • Projected Opening: 2021

Project Team

  • Nunn Construction
  • Consultant Project Manager: Chris Lieber, N.E.S., Inc.
  • Public Engagement: Lisa Bachman, Bachman pr
  • Architect: Adam Davidson, JLG Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Andrea Papierski
  • Civil Engineer: Kyle Campbell, Classic Engineering

Colorado College Liaisons:

  • Amber Brannigan, Facilities Services
  • Rick Greene, Facilities Services

Ed Robson Arena Campus Committee

Active Nov. 2018 - Aug. 2019

  • Jill Tiefenthaler, President of the College, Chair of the Committee
  • Ralph Bertrand, Professor of Molecular Biology (former NCAA faculty rep)
  • Deksyos Damtew '22, Student
  • Marie Davis Green, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Joe Ellis '80, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Nate Flint '10
  • Mike Haviland, Men's Hockey Coach
  • Ian Johnson, Director of Sustainability
  • Rochelle Mason '83, Senior Associate Dean of Students
  • Robert Moore, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
  • Tony Rosendo '02, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Felix Sanchez '93, Assistant Vice President, Communications
  • Zac Schulman '19, President of the Student Body
  • Saluja Siwakoti '21, Student
  • Brian Thomson '85, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Barbara Wilson, Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities Services