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Iconic blue and gold bleachers at the former Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs were demolished to make way for an apartment complex

Iconic blue and gold bleachers at the former Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs were demolished to make way for an apartment complex
Iconic blue and gold bleachers at the former Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs were demolished to make way for an apartment complex

The iconic Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs was a landmark for motorists heading into the mountains on I-70 for more than 60 years, but the stadium’s blue and gold bleachers are now gone.

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Excavators from Empire Demolition demolish the stadium stands at Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs on June 26. Credit: Chris Koeberl

Excavators from Empire Demolition demolished the concrete bleachers and wooden benches on June 26 to make way for the Fieldhouse apartment complex. The three-building, 120-unit complex will be built on the former field. The project is expected to take 20 months to complete, according to Four Points project managers.

“We’ll be moving dirt, importing soil, and laying deep utilities, storm drains and water mains over the next 60 to 90 days. Hopefully we’ll be able to lay some foundations toward the end of the year,” Fieldhouse project manager Rob Mackenzie told the Courant.

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Excavators from Empire Demolition demolish the stadium stands at Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs on June 26. Credit: Chris Koeberl

The 120 residential units in the Fieldhouse are divided as follows:

  • 48 studio apartments
  • 32 one-bedroom apartments
  • 38 two-room apartments
  • Two four bedrooms

A site plan calls for a total of 187 parking spaces for the complex. A parking lot would provide 134 of those spaces, while another 28 spaces would be available on South Miner Street and another 25 on Idaho Street.

end of an era

There are few people who have left more of a footprint on Golddigger Field than current Clear Creek Schools Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Brian Inman.

“It was just an iconic field. You’d be there on a Friday night and people would drive by and honk their horns at you,” Inman said.

From 1982 to 1985, Inman wore the Golddigger uniform as an offensive and defensive tackle for the football team.

“We always stood on the opposite sideline and always gave the opposing team the sideline next to the stands. We always joked, ‘That was so our parents wouldn’t hear our coaches yelling at us,'” Inman laughed.

Inman led the Golddiggers football team as head coach from 2010 to 2018.

Golddigger Field was a landmark along I-70 for decades as drivers heading to the mountains would turn around and stop at the stadium to watch the game.

“So we had people coming from all over who didn’t even have any connection to the Clear Creek Golddiggers, and yet they still came to watch the football game,” Inman said.

But Golddigger Field was much more than that: It was the place where residents of Idaho Springs and the surrounding area met to watch a game on Friday nights and socialize with neighbors and friends.

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Brian Inman, athletic director No. 77 at Clear Creek High School, is accompanied by his parents to the 1985 graduation ceremony at the former Golddigger Field in Idaho Springs. Credit: Brian Inman

“It was a great gathering place in town and the people of Idaho Springs would come together to watch the games,” Inman said. “No matter what part of the county they were from, they all came here on Friday nights and watched us. It was usually wall to wall with people.”

Despite the fact that the Golddiggers were never one of the strongest football teams in the state, Inman said that never mattered to local fans.

“The fans in the stands cheered us on and always stayed until the end, no matter what the result was. They ran onto the pitch whether they won or lost and congratulated the players … just a fantastic atmosphere,” he said.

But when the crumbling blue and gold concrete of the stands and the splinters of the wooden benches were unceremoniously cleared from the field, Inman said that was just a sign of the times in Clear Creek.

“As a player and as a Clear Creek Golddigger, it sucks that it’s over, but we have a fantastic field up here at Floyd Hill. You know, times just change.”

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