A dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton are expected to open at the Future Legends Sports Complex in Windsor in 2023, bringing more than 250 rooms to the 118-acre sports park.
Future Legends CEO Jeff Katofsky and Hilton made the announcement in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re eager to bring this project to life and start welcoming new travelers to the area in 2023,” Katofsky said in the release.
The sports park is expected to open in 2022 and feature a professional stadium, multiple baseball diamonds, multipurpose fields, an indoor sports arena, retail and lodging. It will be home to United Soccer League One’s Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC and Minor League Baseball’s Northern Colorado Owlz.
When the park is up and running, it is expected to host major nationwide sports tournaments, events and leagues.
“We wanted to have hotels on site that suffice the need for people coming to events for weeks or weekends at a time so they could stay on site in a trusted brand,” said Casey Katofsky, who manages the project locally.
Casey Katofsky said the company is very excited about the hotel partnerships and the partnerships it is creating in Windsor and Northern Colorado as well as nationally. Having hotels on site where parents can stay 200 yards from where their kids are playing is a big plus, he said.
The hotels, which will wrap the stadium, will more than double the number of hotel rooms in Windsor, which currently has three hotels and roughly 200 rooms.
“This is a good mix and a great fit for us,” said Stacy Miller, Windsor’s economic development director. Future Legends is expected to spur more development around the facility, including additional hotel rooms, Miller said.
Other hotels have been mentioned as part of conceptual proposals, but no brands have been named and none have been formally proposed, Miller said.
According to the press release, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton will be the first collaboration between these two brands in the United States.
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The hospitality the hotels will bring to the sports complex “is invaluable,” Jeff Katofsky said. “These properties will provide comfort to a wide range of visitors, including athletes of all ages, families, business travelers, and more.”
The hotels will feature a bar, 24-hour business center and fitness center.
Future Legends, previously named Rocky Mountain Sports Park and then Colorado National Sports Park, has had its ups and downs since its inception in 2017. Months behind schedule, the $160 million project appeared to be in jeopardy in 2020 when it lost a major funding source through Weld County.
That sent the town and Future Legends scrambling for financing to keep the project moving forward.
Metropolitan districts are taxing authorities created by developers with consent of local government to sell bonds to finance the project. Repayment of the bonds is tied to future property taxes assessed to, in this case, commercial retail businesses, which will make up the districts.
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Coloradoan reporter Miles Blumhardt contributed to this report.
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