Trojan Arena is Taking Shape
The exterior of the Trojan Arena, located in Fountain north of Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS), has completed brickwork and insulation; however, pictures have not changed much since our last update. That’s because much of the flurry of construction activity is now happening inside, with a focus on painting and detail work.
Walking around the inside of the building, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FFC8) and FFCHS brand are already on display. Bricks for the walls have red flecks, a blue stripe can be seen throughout all four locker rooms (two home and two visitors) as well as blue and red tile work in the locker room bathrooms.
There are two levels for bleachers, but no seating installed yet. The coaches’ offices are framed and painted, as are the upstairs multipurpose room and weight room on the south end of the facility (the weight room with its own blue stripe and blue accents).
Other touches of school pride already on display include the blue basketball goals and jumbotron. There will be several designated spots for Trojan branding and display cases throughout for trophies and the Hall of Fame displays.
This facility will not only be able to support 5A and 6A athletic programs, but it also will benefit student academic groups like DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America – a marketing-based student career organization) running the concessions, and the Trojan Sports News video program, as well as school-wide events organized by the student council and school and district administration. FFC8 staff will also benefit from the space, with various opportunities for wellness classes and space for staff development.
The construction schedule is still on time for the Arena, with ownership and a grand opening planned for mid to late October. Between now and then, the various construction crews will continue to focus on detail work, finishes, flooring, windows, and painting, as well as the installation of equipment and furniture.
The district will provide another update later in July.