Rocky Mountain Sports Park Aims High

Rocky Mountain Sports Park
By fall 2018, Rocky Mountain Sports Park will be more than a dream. The first phase of the project, highlighted by a 10,000-seat stadium, will be wrapping up next year, but that’s not the summit for this facility in Windsor, Colorado. Come spring 2019, Rocky Mountain Sports Park plans to be the world’s largest sports park. With a primary focus on baseball and softball, it will hold 65 fields fit for toddlers through collegiate athletes. “The big push will be for international and U.S.-based tournaments,” says Shawn Logan, the venue’s director of marketing. Logan, a youth coach himself, says these fields of dreams fill a need. “In Colorado, there’s just not enough fields for youth,” Logan says. “There are waiting lists for kids to play.” Hence, Rocky Mountain Sports Park includes a fourplex dedicated strictly to T-ball fields. There are 16 tournament-ready fields apiece for baseball and softball, 10 youth fields and five diamonds suited for high school and college games. But baseball and softball won’t be the only games in town when the sports park opens its gates. Logan reports 12 fields will be multipurpose to target soccer, lacrosse and football. All of the athletic surfaces are artificial turf. High season will be Memorial Day through Labor Day. A facility fact sheet predicts more than 80,000 hotel room nights will be filled annually over the 14-week tournament season and more than 100,000 visitors are expected per year. The $225 million project is the brainchild of Mike Billadeau, a local coach and umpire. Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs will serve as a liaison to bring in professional and college ballplayers to instruct youth.