Auraria Campus Athletic/Recreation Facilities

Feasibility Study

The purpose of this study was to analyze current conditions, program new facilities, and recommend a master plan for the Auraria Campus’ future needs. While the current field complex is beautifully sited, the land on which the fields are located is best suited for future education expansion. The fields are shared among Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) Athletics, MSCD Human Performance and Sport, Campus Recreation and Intramurals (tri-institutional), and Club Sports (administered by MSCD Athletics). New sports, including MSCD women’s softball, are required by NCAA Division II to provide dedicated facilities available for practice and competition.

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture interviewed 20 key individuals on campus, including University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) Provost Mark Heckler, MSCD President Dr. Stephen Jordan, and various athletics coaches, to inquire about their respective visions of future campus needs. These key leaders and their constituents were interviewed with the same outline, which helped BRS further understand their true needs.

BRS then created a schedule for current and future field and facility use as well as program and budget recommendations for the following facilities, assuming both MSCD and UCD have Division II athletics programs in the future:

  • Two soccer stadiums
  • Two athletic practice fields
  • 400-meter track
  • All-purpose field
  • 18 tennis courts
  • Two baseball stadiums
  • Softball stadium
  • Two outdoor field support buildings
  • Outdoor inline hockey rink
  • Outdoor ropes complex

Project at a Glance


Denver, Colorado


  • Auraria Higher Education Center
  • University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver


$23 Million (Estimated)


Study: 2007

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