The City of Grand Junction Needs This Events Center

There are a few concerns that have been expressed by those opposing Grand Junction City Council’s idea to construct a new $64 million event center downtown. One of the primary issues on everyone’s mind is about parking. It has been expressed that several Grand Junction residents are worried that parking downtown is already quite crowded. However, everyone needs to remember that the only downtown businesses that are generally open during these events (usually nights and weekends), are the restaurants and hotels. Additionally, the City will be purchasing the property south of Two Rivers, which will also add more room for parking.

Another common objection to the new event center is that our city should fund and construct a next-level recreation center. However, the idea of a city-owned facility would directly jeopardize the local business owners who are already providing those services. It is not the purpose of government to create direct competition with any private industry, rather to provide services not currently represented by the private sector. There are several high-quality gyms and recreation centers throughout the valley, all at a fair price. Additionally, Grand Junction Parks and Recreation has provided several additional services such as softball fields, swimming pools, golf courses, and more.

Proposed site plans for the new Event Center in Downtown Grand Junction also showing location of future hotel property

Proposed site plans for the new Event Center in Downtown Grand Junction also showing location of future hotel property

A recreation center will only serve a handful of locals while this arena Event Center will serve thousands of people as well as attract thousands more regionally.

While Grand Junction has many fine establishments, neither the City of Grand Junction nor private business owners have provided an event center large enough for the kind of events this venue could host. These events could include high school and college graduations, larger performances such as Cirque Du Soleil, concerts from better known artists, major sporting events (high school, collegiate, and professional), political rallies, community events, and larger banquets, trade shows, and conventions. 

A proposed drawing of a trade show setup at the new Event Center

A proposed drawing of a trade show setup at the new Event Center

Grand Junction was once the central hub of Western Colorado. This event center would usher in a new reason for it to be that hub once again. Realistically, this event center would serve Durango to the South, Moab and Green River to the West, Wyoming to the North, and Vail, Aspen, Glenwood, Silverthorne and more to the East. This event center is exactly what Grand Junction needs.

Shea Bramer