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New World Arena

Cirque du Soleil’s, “Varekai,”

Cirque du Soleil’s, “Varekai,”

What’s new? It’s what’s old. But with a twist. The old Broadmoor World Arena, which gave way to the Colorado Springs World Arena, is once again the Broadmoor World Arena.

“But it signifies so much more than just a name change,” says Amy Stephen, director of marketing and sales for the venue. 

It also signals a new partnership with AEG, or Anschutz Entertainment Group, a company owned by the same guy who owns The Broadmoor hotel – Philip Anschutz. AEG is a big player in the entertainment industry. 

And that’s good news for the Pikes Peak region.

“Colorado Springs is the new hot spot to play,” Stephen says. That means more and bigger concerts, shows and sporting events. 

This holiday season, the arena is where you’ll find a new edition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas show. The orchestra’s sweeping sounds and well-choreographed light show tend to mesmerize audiences. 

The orchestra has become a holiday tradition here, but this year’s edition is all new, Stephen says. It’s titled “Christmas in the Attic” and “when you see them, you’ll be in awe.” That show is on Nov. 17 only. 

New Year’s Eve brings the debut of Cirque du Soleil’s, “Varekai,” and opening night offers a special treat.

Anyone attending that show (at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31) can make a reservation to stay afterward for a three-course dinner, ice cream social and New Year’s Eve toast. (It’s $25 for adults and half price for kids 8 and younger.) 

“We wanted it to be a family affair, and to make an evening of it,” Stephen says. 

“Varekai” has been performed under the Big Top for the past 11 years and is accustomed to a large performance space. The title word means “whatever” in Romany and the show pays tribute to the nomadic spirit and renowned circus skills of the gypsies of Europe. 

Fantasy meets technology in this powerful show, which will be in town for eight performances. 

“The arena will be totally transformed to accommodate this show,” she says. 

The Broadmoor World Arena, in conjunction with AEG, will bring in many new shows in 2015 – including a dirt-bike experience where the arena will be filled with the appropriate landscape. 

“This new collaboration puts us on the map for the big shows,” Stephen says.