Athletics

Athletics

Pueblo offers a broad range of sports options for participants and fans alike. There are numerous junior baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis and golf programs for young athletes. The area's six public high schools offer a full range of competitive athletic programs. Student athletes living in school District 60, which administers all of the schools within the city, can attend any of the four city high schools regardless of where in the city boundaries they live. There are eligibility requirements governing sports participation after changing schools. High school athlete living in Pueblo County School District 70 have a choice of attending either of the Districts two high schools.

Fourteen different athletic teams carry the colors of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves into competition in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences. Men's sports include football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, golf, tennis and soccer. Women's teams complete in softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball and track. The campus is home to some of the best athletic facilities in the country including the new, 10,000 fan capacity Neta and Eddie DeRose football stadium opened in the fall of 2008 to welcome the return of college football to the campus. The school's basketball teams, volleyball team and wrestling team compete in the recently remodeled Massari arena. For avid college sports fans, the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College are located in Colorado Springs just a 40 minute drive north of Pueblo while a 90 minute drive enables fans to attend the Broncos (NFL), Rockies (MLB), Nuggets (NBA) and Avalanche (NHL) games in Denver. Fans of western sports also have an opportunity to attend professional rodeos and bull riding events during the year. Pueblo is home to the Professional Bull Riders, Inc., the fastest growing extreme sport in the country. The community also has two motor sports tracks which hold races in the summer.