News for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Triple Crown Baseball teams will not be competing in Steamboat in June. Steamboat Springs City Council discussed Triple Crown at their meeting Tuesday night.

After hearing a presentation from the parks and rec, and from Triple Crown CEO Keri King, it was confirmed that there will be no Triple Crown games in Steamboat in June. Council will discuss the fields and city facilities at their meeting May 27, to decide if they can open and if employees are available to do the work to have the fields ready. Then on June 2, they’ll make a decision on Triple Crown and on all scheduled sporting events this summer. The proposal now is that games start in July. And the games that were to be played in June, are instead played in August. The general consensus of council was that there is too much uncertainty to move forward right now. Here’s Council President Jason Lacy.

Councilmember Sonja Macys says the city may not be ready to host these teams.

Councilmember Heather Sloop has concerns about moving the June games to August, right before school starts.

Right now, state rules mandate that no sports teams can congregate. Governor Polis is expected to update that ruling by next Tuesday. Triple Crown has a ten-year contract that expires Aug. 31, 2020.

Triple Crown CEO Keri King also spoke to Council about growing up playing baseball in Steamboat, but he now lives in Fort Collins. He says he has also received many emails.

King says the warning turned out to be not as bad as it first sounded. He says they are talking to the communities of Cheyenne, Wyo., Fort Collins and Colorado Springs about possibly having the games there. Triple Crown has seven games scheduled for this summer in Steamboat. Each game weekend brings between 1000 and 2500 people to town.

FULL INTERVIEWS

Steamboat Springs City Council discussed Triple Crown Sports at their Tuesday night meeting. Comments from Keri King, CEO of Triple Crown Sports: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/keri-king-with-triple-crown

Comments from Steamboat Springs City Council President Jason Lacy and Councilmember Sonja Macys on their conversation with Triple Crown Sports: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/interview-jason-lacy-and-sonja-macys

Steamboat Springs City Council Comments on Triple Crown in Summer 2020:

  • :00 Michael Buccino
  • 3:45 Lisel Petis
  • 6:00 Kathi Meyer
  • 7:35 Heather Sloop
  • 10:00 Robin Crossan
  • 11:20 Sonja Macys
  • 14:40 Jason Lacy

Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/steamboat-springs-city-council-comments-on-triple-crown

 

In other city news…

  • The skate parks at Howelsen Hill and Bear River park are now open, as are the volleyball courts and the tennis courts at Howelsen.
  • The city wants to remind bikers and walkers not to try to wade through the water on the Core Trail right now, if an area is closed.
  • All fields are still closed to any athletic events.
  • Summer maintenance will be done on the Barrows Lift at Howelsen Hill.

That new case of the COVID-19 virus reported yesterday is an employee at Casey’s Pond. The team member was asymptomatic and was wearing a mask but still tested positive. That worker last worked at Casey’s Pond on Sunday. Overall at Casey’s Pond, 276 employees have been tested with 12 positive cases. 210 residents have been tested with 11 positive cases and six deaths.

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