An entertainment complex is slated to take shape outside of Coors Field, as the Colorado Rockies and Stantec have released design details on a new project.
On a site currently known as “lot west,” the Rockies are planning to construct a new mixed-use entertainment complex. The project will feature some baseball components–notably a Rockies Hall of Fame–along with other amenities. Those additional offerings are expected to include a hotel, dining options, office space, residential units, and a plaza that will serve as a year-round gathering space.
Design details for the project have been released by the Edmonton-based firm Stantec. It has been known that the Rockies are looking to incorporate this type of development into the area surrounding Coors Field, as the team reached an agreement for lot west earlier this year as part of a larger plan that included a ballpark lease extension. More from The Denver Post:
“The plaza is designed as a pre- and post-game gathering place for Rockies fans, complete with unique restaurants and state of the art audio and visual systems,” Larry Weeks, a principal with multinational architectural design firm Stantec, said in a news release.
“Beyond baseball, the plaza will serve as Denver’s ‘outdoor room,’ a year-round space that can accommodate neighborhood concerts, festivals and other activities,” said Daniel Aizenman, the Edmonton, Alberta-based company’s senior principal.
The parking lot, known as the “west lot,” sits just across 20th Street southwest of Coors Field, wedged between longtime LoDo establishments Jackson’s Denver and the Denver ChopHouse Brewery. The Rockies secured a 99-year lease for the lot as part of the $200 million agreement the team signed this spring to keep Coors Field as its home for the next 30 years. The lot and the ballpark are owned by the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, a division of the state.
At this point, no firm cost estimates have been released, and the Post reports that Stantec has said that the goal is to pull building permits over the summer. In addition, the development will include new parking to help offset the loss of spots from the development of lot west, though the exact number of spaces has not been determined.
In the more immediate future, the Rockies are planning some upgrades to Coors Field. Among the additions on tap at Coors Field for the 2018 season include a new scoreboard, renovations to the club level, and upgrades to the home clubhouse.
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