This past Tuesday, plans for a privately funded 65 field Sports Park to be built in Windsor was announced. Known as the Rocky Mountain Sports Park (RMSP), it will be the world’s largest park and will be a destination baseball and softball complex. The park will host tournaments for young athletes, giving them bragging rights and an experience they will not forget.
Located at the Colorado Highway 257 and Weld County Road 74, the sports park will stretch 413 acres. The park will include a number of many different fields and stadiums for a number of sports and a range of different age groups. The center feature of the park will be a 10,000 capacity stadium. There were also be 16 tournaments fields for baseball and another 16 for softball.
The former Colorado Rockies player, Ryan Spilborghs, and current ROOT Sports broadcaster, is a VP for the RMSP project.
“I want every single person to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience baseball and softball,” Spilborghs said. “I want to make sure that communities that are not able to experience something like this now get to.”
When Spilborghs says every single person, he is not lying. Other parts of the sports park include 12 multi-use fields that can be used for other sports like soccer, football and lacrosse. Also included is a field for athletes who are physically challenged. Spilborghs is encouraging people all ages with 5 high school/college fields, 4 t-ball fields, and 10 other youth fields. Fields included in the park are listed farther below.
Organizers hope to host weeklong youth tournaments for baseball and softball teams at the park. The prime season for tournaments will run between Memorial Day to Labor Day. It could also host other big events, such as Colorado high school state playoffs.
At capacity, the complex has the ability host 2,688 to 3,264 weekly participants.
In order to oblige the weeklong tournaments, plans for an athlete’s campus with dorms where all visiting teams will stay. There are also restaurants, hotels and retail shops that are in long-term planning goals for the park.
The first phase of planned construction includes the “stadium district,” with developers aiming for a fall 2018 completion. The second phase of the park includes all of the other playing fields ready by spring 2019.
Stacy Johnson, Windsor’s director of economic development, said the first phase of the project will bring 50 full-time jobs to Windsor with many more coming as the project is finished.
Land for the plan includes 207 acres available for retail space in addition to the acreage of the sports park. The ability to bring hotels, restaurants and retail shops is also attractive to Windsor, Johnson said. Developers project that the park could attract 100,000 annual visitors.
Those leading the project declined to say from where funding for the sports park would come.
“After years of coaching and umpiring, I knew there was a huge need for a sports park to help grow the game of baseball,” RMSP president Mike Billadeau said. “This park will do that and then some.”
- 10,000-capacity feature stadium
- Miracle field for physically challenged athletes
- 16 tournament baseball fields
- 16 tournament softball fields
- 12 multi-use fields (football, soccer and lacrosse)
- 10 youth fields
- 5 high school/college fields
- 4 T-ball fields
- Indoor training facility
- All fields will be artificial field turf