The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Wednesday afternoon the high school state wrestling tournaments — normally held annually at Denver’s Pepsi Center — will take place at the Southwest Motors Events Center in Pueblo on March 12-13.
The CHSAA Board of Directors approved the move Wednesday, according to an announcement on CHSAANow.com.
The Southwest Motors Events Center is a multipurpose arena on the Colorado State Fairgrounds. It has been the site of high school regional basketball and cheer competitions in the past.
“Providing a culminating event with the CHSAA championship experience is a goal for all CHSAA-sanctioned events during this season,” CHSAA assistant commissioner Adam Bright, who oversees wrestling, said via CHSAANow.com. “The city of Pueblo has played host to multiple CHSAA events in the past, and provides an excellent venue to continue the championship experience during this 2021 wrestling season.”
The two-day event will feature all four classifications of boys tournaments — Class 2A-5A — as well as the first CHSAA-sanctioned girls state tournament. Eight-wrestler brackets will be used, rather than the normal 16, because of COVID-19-related restrictions.
The events center has a permanent seating capacity of 3,264. The venue allows for the potential for a larger variance for spectators, if granted.