Published October 10, 2018
With a legacy that comprises centuries of successful gatherings and exciting events, the Olympic games have been bringing people from different backgrounds, nationalities and races together since the modern games began in 1896. During that one week, 241 athletes from 14 countries competed in 43 events in a celebration of strength, passion and dedication. In the last Olympic competition, the United States alone sent along 244 athletes to compete against athletes from 92 countries in 102 events.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, inside the state-of-the-art, $8 million U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC). Aside from housing the national headquarters, the center acts as a home away from home for a wide range of more than 500 athletes in training — among them boxers, swimmers, figure skaters and gymnasts — and their coaches, with on-site housing, dining facilities, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services.
Each year, more than 140,000 visitors arrive at the USOTC to get an inside look at the athletes working to make their Olympic dreams come true. Tours run daily, with custom and private tours available that include a 12-minute film and a 45-minute walking tour of the complex. The center includes the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda, a U.S. Olympic Store, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, a 225-seat auditorium and 12 meeting spaces that can host 2,000 or more guests at a time. Just like the athletes who train at this Olympic facility, the meetings held at the OSOTC are fueled by passion and run with precision.
With Olympic-themed add-ons and exclusive VIP experiences for guests, the USOTC is a championship-grade meeting facility that offers extensive amenities at competitive prices.
The U.S. Olympic Training Center offers a variety of meeting spaces for small social gatherings, entertaining clients or even grand reunions with more than 2,000 guests. The center offers 12 event and meeting spaces and more than 65,000 square feet of combined meeting space. Spaces and their guest capacities include the Coca-Cola Room, 20; the Glory Room, 40; the Gold Room, 48; the Honor Room, 50; the Olympic Cauldron Plaza, 50; the Olympic Pathway, the Silver Room, 40; the Spirit Room, 44; Sports Center 1, 650; Sports Center 2, 850; the Visitor’s Center, 250; and the West Wing Conference Center, 225.
The center works exclusively with the Garden of the Gods Gourmet catering company, which has its own fair share of gold and “best of” awards to boast. The catering company and the Olympic center provide personalized menus for each meeting group. Whether it is passed hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner or buffet food stations from Olympic host cities around the world (i.e. Pyeong Chang 2018, Los Angeles 2028, Paris 2024, Rio 2016, London 2012, or even Tokyo 2020), the flavors and options are as memorable as the events themselves. Alcohol is available through the center’s partnership with Peak Beverage, its exclusive alcohol distributor.
Every event or meeting held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center comes with on-site event management, audiovisual equipment for a top-quality lighting and sound experience, and a point of contact to help coordinate with preferred vendors. Event rentals and banquet services are available, and the meetings team is available to help customize any package to meet the needs of each event. A few favorite add-ons in the past have included athlete-led tours of the facility and private sport demonstrations. But the most popular add-on is booking one of the resident athletes to speak at the event.
Aside from joining in on the free public tours conducted year-round at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, groups can take part in exclusive experiences at the center. Private tours led by Olympic athletes show groups around the complex in a VIP style, and adventurous groups can book an Olympic torch relay and lighting ceremony experience while in the area. The meetings and events team at the center is skilled at putting together interactive sport experiences and team-building exercises, but groups are also free to shop the Team USA store or enjoy a meal inside the Team USA dining hall.
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Type of Venue: Off-site, Olympic center
Nearby Accommodations: Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel and Spa