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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Brighton, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Brighton, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Brighton, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Brighton, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @


Latest News in Brighton, CO

Polis Administration Announces Amprius Technologies Inc. Chooses Brighton, Colorado for New Gigawatt-Scale Lithium-Ion Factory

DENVER – Governor Polis and the Global Business Development Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) formally announced today that Amprius Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AMPX), a leader in lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform, has signed a letter of intent for a 775,000 square foot facility in Brighton, Colorado. Amprius plans to establish a gigawatt scale factory to support lithium-ion battery production for the U.S. electric mobility market.&ld...

DENVER – Governor Polis and the Global Business Development Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) formally announced today that Amprius Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AMPX), a leader in lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform, has signed a letter of intent for a 775,000 square foot facility in Brighton, Colorado. Amprius plans to establish a gigawatt scale factory to support lithium-ion battery production for the U.S. electric mobility market.

“We need more batteries to power the future, and now we will be manufacturing more of them right here in Colorado. We are excited to welcome Amprius to Colorado, bringing over 300 new good-paying jobs, and joining Colorado’s innovative and collaborative business community,” said Gov. Polis.

“Colorado is leading the way in technology development and innovation. I’m glad to see that leadership rewarded as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law starts vesting in Adams County. Attracting Amprius and other cutting-edge businesses to our community will stoke our local economy and create hundreds of good jobs. I look forward to their success and will continue using my position on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to build on this investment as we power the economy of the future right here in Colorado,” said Rep. Yadira Caraveo.

Amprius is one of the first companies to receive funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic manufacturing of electric vehicle and electrical grid batteries, and makes high-energy lithium-ion batteries. Silicon can extend the range of batteries and reduce charging times, among other benefits, and the company has developed a patented silicon anode battery platform.

Amprius plans to invest $190 million, including the $50 million cost sharing grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, to provide a potential capacity of up to 5 gigawatt hours (GWh).

“The selection of Colorado for our gigawatt factory marks an important milestone for Amprius,” said Dr. Kang Sun, Chief Executive Officer of Amprius Technologies. “We worked closely with the state of Colorado, the Colorado Economic Development Commission, Adams County, and the City of Brighton to align on terms that are mutually beneficial, which includes a comprehensive incentive proposal. Increasing production to meet the substantial market demand for our breakthrough silicon anode lithium-ion technology remains a priority, and we are confident this factory will allow us to scale and effectively serve the electric mobility market.”

Amprius also selected the Brighton, Colorado location because of its potential to streamline time-to-market and support effective customer fulfillment. The site’s size, its proximity to essential materials, the transportation structure and the electric power and structural layout are expected to help reduce build-out costs as well as logistical and operational costs. Additional acreage at the site also has the potential to enable future expansions for a total potential manufacturing capacity of 10 GWh.

The first phase of the expansion is expected to create 332 net new jobs at an average annual wage of $68,516, which is 104 percent of the average annual wage in Adams County. These will include management, engineering, business support personnel, technicians, operators, and maintenance positions.

“Colorado’s cleantech industry has an economic impact of $4.6 billion per year and employs over 62,000 Colorado workers. By choosing Colorado for expansion, Amprius will add to this increasingly important sector of employment and become a key player in Colorado’s commitment to adopt clean energy technologies,” said Eve Lieberman, Executive Director of OEDIT.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission approved up to $5,491,784 in performance-based Job Growth Incentive Tax Credits for Amprius, over an 8-year period. These incentives are contingent upon the company, referred to as Project Maverick throughout the OEDIT review process, meeting net new job creation and salary requirements.

In addition, the City of Brighton approved incentives with a total estimated value of $929,050, including a five-year property tax rebate of 100% and a 50% rebate on the city’s use tax collected on construction materials.

“Brighton City Council and the City of Brighton leadership team are excited to welcome Amprius Technologies Inc. to our community," said Robin Martinez, Brighton Economic Development Corporation President & CEO. "We have a highly-skilled workforce and a collaborative regional approach to attracting and supporting new and existing companies in Brighton. In just three months, our office collaborated with our regional support system to include OEDIT, Adams County Economic Development, Adams County Workforce Development, Aims Community College, AC-REP, Metro Denver EDC, United Power, Xcel Energy and various other local partners to implement a customized and time-sensitive support plan to ensure Amprius Technology Inc. has what they need to meet their expansion and timeline goals, now and in the years to come.”

The Adams County Board of County Commissioners will also consider an economic development incentive agreement at a March 14 public meeting. Board Chair Steve O’Dorisio noted, “We are happy to welcome Amprius to Adams County and look forward to a continued partnership as they grow and develop their innovative battery technology right here in Brighton. The jobs they create will not only benefit our current local residents, but also help to expand future career paths in the renewable energy sector.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Amprius Technologies to the Metro Denver region,” said president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Raymond H. Gonzales. “With one of the leading clean technology industries in the nation and an electric vehicle market that’s constantly growing, Colorado needs companies like Amprius Technologies to ensure we’re ready for all our future developments and endeavors. Their expansion in Metro Denver will give us the tools we need to continue our technological growth and success.”

Amprius, headquartered in California, currently has 60 employees, none of whom are in Colorado. In addition to Brighton, the company considered Texas and Georgia for expansion.

About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Cannabis Business Office; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; Employee Ownership Office; and Rural Opportunity Office. Learn more at

Colorado’s largest battery factory is officially set for a Brighton location

It’s official: What will soon be Colorado’s largest battery manufacturing plant is coming to Brighton.Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced Monday that Amprius Technologies Inc. has signed a letter of intent for a 775,000-square-foot facility on East Bromley Lane for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.The Denver Post reported last week that the city of Brighton approved a package of economic incentives to encourage the Fremont, Calif., company to ope...

It’s official: What will soon be Colorado’s largest battery manufacturing plant is coming to Brighton.

Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced Monday that Amprius Technologies Inc. has signed a letter of intent for a 775,000-square-foot facility on East Bromley Lane for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

The Denver Post reported last week that the city of Brighton approved a package of economic incentives to encourage the Fremont, Calif., company to open up shop in Colorado. The Colorado Economic Development Commission in February approved $5.49 million in state job growth incentive tax credits for the project, then referred to as “Project Maverick.”

Amprius Technologies has developed its lithium-ion battery technology for over a decade and the large facility in Brighton the company will move into will allow it to scale up manufacturing of its breakthrough product, said CEO Kang Sun.

Sun told the Post Friday that Amprius was in the final stages of leasing a 1.3 million-square-foot industrial facility in Brighton and near Interstate 76. He said the company has a team on the ground in Colorado.

The first phase of operations, which will cover about 775,000 square feet of the site, is expected to start by 2025. Construction retrofitting what was a distribution facility for Sears and Kmart will take about 18 months.

The plant will employ about 330 people in its first phases, Sun said. The operation might eventually expand to the entire facility.

“We are looking forward to putting our first large-scale manufacturing plant in Colorado,” Sun said. “This is a major milestone for this company, not only for this company but for the lithium-ion battery industry.”

Amprius, founded in 2008, is one of the first companies to receive grants from the Department of Energy as part of the federal infrastructure law intended to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles and other uses. The $50 million grant will be part of the $190 million investment in the plant.

The DOE said the grant is for the first-of-its-kind, large-scale production lines for the company’s high-energy battery technology. The company has run a small production plant in California since 2018.

The company is forming two business units. Amprius Fab, to be located in Brighton, will focus on large-scale manufacturing of silicon anode batteries. Amprius Lab in Fremont will focus on advanced battery technology, product, and manufacturing process development.

The plant is expected initially to produce up to 5 gigawatt hours, which would be the potential energy generated by all the cells manufactured. For context, 1 gigawatt could power 3.125 million photovoltaic panels or 9,090 Nissan Leafs, according to DOE.

Amprius produces a silicon anode platform to use in battery cells. Silicon can store up 10 times more lithium than graphite, which has been traditionally used. As a result, the batteries deliver up to 100% higher energy density than standard lithium-ion batteries, according to the company.

Amprius uses silicon nanowires to address the potential problem of the silicon swelling and cracking when charged with lithium.

The battery cells are lighter, smaller in volume and can generate a lot of power for the takeoff and landing of electric planes, Sun said. “We can charge our battery from zero to 80% in less than six minutes.”

The company’s technology has been used in military drones and high-altitude pseudo satellites, uncrewed air vehicles. Last year, Amprius announced a three-year cooperation agreement with BAE Systems, an international defense and aerospace company.

“We need more batteries to power the future and now we will be manufacturing more of them right here in Colorado,” Polis said in a statement.

Colorado’s clean-tech industry contributed $4.6 billion to the economy annually and employs more than 62,000 people, said Eve Lieberman, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

The plant will be more than 10 times the size of Colorado’s next biggest battery plant in the state — Louisville-based Solid Power’s 75,000-square-foot facility in Thornton.

The average annual wage of the jobs will be $68,516, which is 104 percent of the average annual wage in Adams County. These will include management, engineering, business support personnel, technicians, operators, and maintenance positions.

Texas and Georgia were the other contenders for the battery plant. One of the reasons Amprius selected Colorado was because of the availability of silane gas in the area. Sun said Montana is the largest producer of the gas, used to produce silicon components.

The large industrial site in Brighton and the city’s location near Denver International Airport and the city of Denver were also attractive to Amprius.

“We also believe Colorado has a very good education system,” Sun said.

The University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines and other area schools will be good resources for the company’s engineering team, he said. Sun, who previously led ventures in solar energy, has worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden in the past.

“In the future, I assume our executives and lead engineers would like to locate in the Denver area.”

Summit boys rugby club bounces back from lackluster scrimmages for huge season-opening win over Brighton

For the last three years, the Summit boys rugby club has started every spring season a little bit better than the last.The club may have struggled during its return to the pitch in 2021, but the team started to bloom and flourish last spring.This season, the team — which is made up of a strong core of players from Summit and other area high schools — is motivated and now skill...

For the last three years, the Summit boys rugby club has started every spring season a little bit better than the last.

The club may have struggled during its return to the pitch in 2021, but the team started to bloom and flourish last spring.

This season, the team — which is made up of a strong core of players from Summit and other area high schools — is motivated and now skilled enough to threaten many of the teams in Division 2 of the Rugby Colorado League.

With 23 players on this year’s roster practicing within the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s small indoor turf facility throughout the winter, head coach Lance French felt it was important that the team play in two scrimmage matches before regular season play commenced.

“When you have nine weeks in a small, indoor, turf gym that is 30 feet by 40 feet, the players don’t get a chance to understand the game,” French said. “You can’t really go live. You can’t see how big the field is. We needed a scrimmage.”

The club traveled to Colorado Springs on Feb. 25 to play in a dual scrimmage against Castle Rock and the Colorado Springs Falcons. The scrimmages went as French expected, with his team looking a little behind where it needs to be in order to easily compete against the rest of the state.

“They spanked us,” French said. “Needless to say, it was a wake-up call for our team. We really needed it. We luckily have so many new players this year, but until you get a chance to get out on the field, you have no idea.”

After the team got trounced, it came alive. The club came to practices motivated and went into the first regular season match of the season on Saturday, March 4, looking to prove its worth to Brighton and the rest of the Rugby Colorado League.

Dominating throughout match, Summit proved itself to the league and put the scrimmages fully behind them in a 71-0 win.

“From the very minute of the first kick off of that match on Saturday, the boys were firing.,” French said. “They attacked it right from the beginning, and the wake-up call woke them up.”

The team also accomplished its goals for the match of tackling, attacking on defense and establishing “phase,” ball control rugby. The team was successful in ticking off every major goal for the match and in the process floated to the team’s first triumphant win of the season.

“The team tackled all day long. They had great defense. The best part was watching the team control the ball the whole match,” French said.

In the win, the team was led by Summit High School senior Ronaldo Wray and senior captain Jack Hodge.

Wray, from the beginning of the match, established control of the ball for Summit and within the first two minutes of the game steamrolled his way down the pitch for his first try of his career. Hodge, on the other hand, led the team by continuing to control the ball, cutting across the field and scoring tries.

Contrary to the scrimmage, the Summit sideline was full of smiles after its first win of the season.

“There were some smiles on the sidelines,” French said. “The parents enjoyed it, and, from the coaches perspective, it was just textbook rugby.”

With a win to start the season, the team plans to win consistently throughout the rest of the season — which includes a slate of games at Summit High School on April 15 and April 29.

“That’s huge,” French said of the home matches. “There are all kinds of other teams coming, which I think is really good for the community to come out and actually see teams. There are three matches on the 15th and two matches on the 29th. We would love to have fans come out.”

Summit will now travel to Highlands Ranch High School on Saturday, March 11, in order to take on a competitive team from Evergreen named PAC. Like the team’s season opener, the team will look to control the ball and pace of play in order to get a second win.

Despite adding eight players from last year, the Summit boys rugby club is still looking to fill a few more roster spots.

“If we can get five or six more players, we will have two teams which will allow us to scrimmage during training,” French said. “More importantly, at Division 2, the teams that we are playing all have two teams.”

French and the rugby club invites anyone interested in joining the team to come to a practice on Tuesday or Thursday from 3:30-530 p.m. at the Kingdom Park turf field in Breckenridge.

For more information, email Lance French at

2023 Summit boys rugby club schedule

March 11 vs. PAC at Highlands Ranch High School, noon

March 18 vs. North at Highlands Ranch High School, noon

April 1 vs. Castle Rock at Highlands Ranch High School, 11 a.m.

April 8 vs. North at Highlands Ranch High School. Noon

April 15 vs. Titans at Summit High School, 2:30 p.m.

April 29 vs. Dakota at Summit High School, 1:15 p.m.

MARTIN KEOWN TALKS TACTICS: Brighton's use of wide men is second to none... Roberto De Zerbi's side ARE capable of crashing the Champions League party by finishing in top four

Brighton’s success story is nothing short of a minor miracle and their fairytale ending would be to finish in the top four and crash the Champions League party.No matter who departs the club — whether Graham Potter as manager a month into the season or Leandro Trossard or Yves Bissouma or Marc Cucurella — they refuse...

Brighton’s success story is nothing short of a minor miracle and their fairytale ending would be to finish in the top four and crash the Champions League party.

No matter who departs the club — whether Graham Potter as manager a month into the season or Leandro Trossard or Yves Bissouma or Marc Cucurella — they refuse to make the expectations that they will drop like a stone a reality.

With Tony Bloom as owner, David Weir as technical director, and Roberto De Zerbi as manager, this is one of the best-run clubs in the country.

To understand how difficult it is to face Brighton, you only needed to listen to Declan Rice’s incredibly honest interview after West Ham’s 4-0 defeat last weekend.

Rice said they were played off the pitch at the Amex Stadium, describing Brighton as ‘unique’ and saying he found it a ‘demoralising’ afternoon.

The way in which Brighton use their wide men such as Kaoru Mitoma is very effective


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‘I never want to feel that way again in a football match,’ the Hammers captain said.

The Brighton front five of Evan Ferguson, Solly March, Alexis Mac Allister, Kaoru Mitoma and Pascal Gross make for a formidable attacking force.

But it is the movement of Brighton’s full backs that is absolutely key to developing their play through the compartments of the team.

When either Joel Veltman or Pervis Estupinan move into midfield, that is the trigger for Gross to fly forward. He will leave his position next to Moises Caicedo to push towards the right wing or join the front man.

This makes for a subtle change of formation and increases the number of players in the final third, going from a back four to a three and giving them five attackers, sometimes six, if the remaining full back flies up their wing in tow.

Mac Allister and March can pick up the pockets behind the opposing midfield and go to work.

Mitoma tends to stay fixed towards the left, but he can also move across the front line to join in with Brighton’s slick interchanging of passes and movement.

It isn’t dissimilar to what Arsenal or Manchester City do with their full backs, and West Ham simply could not cope last weekend. Mitoma’s goal perfectly exemplified this recurring routine of movement by Brighton.

It starts with right back Veltman, having moved into midfield, playing a one-two with Gross. Veltman then punches a forward pass into Ferguson, who lays it off for March. His movement inside from the right wing gives Gross time and space to secure his wide-right position.

March, travelling infield, takes two players with him before playing a reverse pass into Gross’s path.

Gross then slides the ball to the back post for a tap-in for Mitoma, who’s patiently held his position on the left. This whole move was a thing of beauty and a goal perfected in practice.

It is important to remember none of this would have been possible if Brighton didn’t have a full back giving them the extra man in midfield.

Mitoma, Mac Allister and March have 21 goals between them this season.

All three are producing eye-catching performances. March is in the best form of his career and has never stood a better chance of an England call-up.

It isn’t only about the attackers, though. Brighton benefit from having Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk in defence. They are like two bouncers, perfectly happy to mind the back door while everybody else wanders forward, and are comfortable in possession and outstanding in the air.

De Zerbi will know how Leeds love to press high up the pitch and that battle will decide who wins Saturday's game. When West Ham attempted to press they couldn’t get close.

The Brighton boss has taken this group to another level and he will be targeting this game as one to win to keep alive their top-four dreams.

Brighton and USG are both on course for Europe – but would it be allowed?

Clubs owned by the same person or legal entity cannot play each other in European competition for sporting integrity reasons, according to UEFA rules.This is a sensitive topic for Brighton & Hove Albion, because their owner-chairman Tony Bloom is also the majority shareholder at Union Saint-Gilloise (USG), who are currently second in the Belgian Pro League.Five present and past ...

Clubs owned by the same person or legal entity cannot play each other in European competition for sporting integrity reasons, according to UEFA rules.

This is a sensitive topic for Brighton & Hove Albion, because their owner-chairman Tony Bloom is also the majority shareholder at Union Saint-Gilloise (USG), who are currently second in the Belgian Pro League.

Five present and past Brighton players have been loaned to USG, who play in the last-16 of the Europa League this week.

It feels increasingly plausible that Brighton, eighth in the Premier League with 12 games to go, and USG could face each other in Europe in the coming seasons, given the upward trajectory of both clubs.

But there is reason to think that Bloom — so often one step ahead as a football owner — has already thought about this scenario.

To properly explain the situation requires a look first at a precedent elsewhere in Europe.

In 2017, Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig from Germany qualified for the Champions League. The two clubs are part of the same energy-drink giant’s sporting empire, and European football’s organising body initially said they could not play in the same competition.

But Salzburg then made a range of back-office changes. These included removing individuals from the board with links to Red Bull and Leipzig. The chairman resigned and loan agreements, a sponsorship deal and the stadium lease were all tweaked.

After that, UEFA changed its mind, opening the door to the two clubs playing in the same competition.

The key phrase in a later legal judgment on the case was “decisive influence”. UEFA accepted that although the two clubs had many links, the same individuals did not share “decisive” influence over them both.

Salzburg and Leipzig would end up being drawn in the same group of the 2018-19 Europa League, with the Austrian side winning both fixtures.

The Red Bull example has been discussed a lot in recent weeks, given Manchester United’s prospective takeover by a banker with links to the Qatari state — which owns serial French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

So, how might Brighton argue their position that Bloom does not have “decisive influence” over them and USG?

Trawling through the files at Companies House, the online register of UK businesses, gives a clue. Brighton & Hove Albion Holdings Limited lists just one “person with significant control” — Mr Anthony Grant Bloom.

The records state Bloom owns more than 75 per cent of the shares and more than 75 per cent of the ownership of the voting rights, as well as the right to appoint and remove directors.

So far, so straightforward.

USG, on the other hand, are owned via a British company called Langford Holdings Limited. As with Brighton, Bloom is listed as owning more than 75 per cent of shares in the club. However, his voting rights at USG are “more than 25 per cent but not more than 50 per cent”.

Another name that crops up here will be less familiar to Brighton fans — Mr Alex Ian Muzio, who is co-owner and president of the Belgian club. Muzio got to know Bloom after joining his company Starlizard and working his way up through the ranks, eventually joining him in the world of sports ownership.

Companies House makes clear that, though Bloom owns most of the south Brussels side, Muzio has “ownership of voting rights — more than 50 per cent but less than 75 per cent”. This means someone other than Bloom, according to Companies House at least, is the decision-maker in the USG boardroom.

Put another way, Bloom has “decisive influence” over Brighton, but not over USG.

This would open the door to both clubs competing in the same UEFA competition sometime soon, perhaps even playing against each another — which would make for a very novel situation up in the directors’ box.

UEFA, when approached for comment, referred The Athletic to the relevant regulations and would not be drawn on the specifics.

A Brighton spokesman said: “Tony Bloom and the club are fully aware of UEFA’s integrity rules which relate to multi-club ownership, and both take compliance with UEFA’s rules very seriously.

“While there is a lot of football still to be played this season, we have already been in dialogue with UEFA regarding the possibility of qualification for European club competitions, and we have no concerns in this regard.”

Brighton have two routes to qualifying for Europe next season for the first time in their history — the FA Cup and the Premier League.

Let’s consider the FA Cup first.

They can only qualify by winning it, an achievement which is rewarded with direct entry into the Europa League’s group stage. Although the draw for the quarter-finals has been kind — a home tie against fourth-tier Grimsby Town a week on Sunday — it will be a big ask for Brighton to lift their first major trophy, with both Manchester clubs still in the competition.

City beat Brighton 1-0 at Wembley in the 2018-19 semi-finals when Chris Hughton was in charge, while they were runners-up to United there in the 1982-83 final — getting thrashed 4-0 in a replay five days after the original game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Teams used to qualify for Europe if they lost the FA Cup final and the winners had booked a Champions League place — Stoke City and Hull City took advantage of that rule to get into Europe before it ended in 2015 — but now if the FA Cup winners have also qualified for the Champions League, the competition’s place is decided on Premier League finish.

OK, so what about their prospects of qualifying for Europe via their position in the final league table?

The easy stuff first: the top four after the final round of matches on Sunday, May 28 qualify for the group phase of the 2023-24 Champions League. Brighton are seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but have three games in hand on them.

Influential midfielder Moises Caicedo, speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 home demolition of West Ham, said: “We are trying to get into the Champions League. That is the dream of the team.” There’s no harm in aiming high, especially as Spurs are inconsistent, but with a resurgent Liverpool to take into account, Brighton finishing fifth, sixth or seventh feels more realistic.

Fifth place would mean automatic qualification into the Europa League group stages. After that, it gets murkier.

If the FA Cup winners also finish in the top five, their Europa League place from the FA Cup goes to the next-highest team in the final table not qualified for Europe by other means.

So, for example, if Manchester City or Manchester United win the FA Cup while finishing in the top five, that Europa League spot would go to the club in sixth place — currently Newcastle.

Here, for clarity, are the league standings as things stand.

Now, it gets really messy.

Manchester United have already won the Carabao Cup, having beaten Newcastle 2-0 in the final last month. The prize for that triumph, in European terms, is a place in the play-offs to get into the group stage of the Europa Conference League — UEFA’s new third-ranked competition introduced last season.

Given that Manchester United are well-placed to qualify for the Champions League — or at worst the Europa League — that Europa Conference League spot is likely to be passed on to the next-highest-placed team who have not already qualified for Europe via either league position or the FA Cup.

That brings seventh into play — a spot currently occupied by Fulham, who are a point ahead of Brighton having played three more games.

Brighton are firmly in the mix, fighting on two fronts, and with the potential to give Bloom dual interest in Europe next season.

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