The Colorado Springs Event Center is back in business after a six-month closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long it stays in business is another story.
The 90,000-square-foot venue, which occupies a former Longs Drugs in the Rustic Hills North shopping center, northeast of Academy and Palmer Park boulevards, has hosted boat and RV exhibits, home expos, gun and knife shows and many other trade, consumer and specialty events since it opened in 2011.
The pandemic, however, forced the Colorado Springs Event Center to close in March, and it only resumed hosting events a month ago, said Kevin Hummer, CEO of RJ Promotions in St. Joseph, Mo. He heads one company that leases and operates the event center space and another company that puts on shows at the venue and similar facilities in several states.
Originally about 40,000 square feet, the event…