Future Legends Complex officially inflates bubble dome in Windsor
What is that white thing in the Windsor skyline? It’s the Future Legends bubble dome.
Future Legends has worked for four years to get the dome ready for inflation, which took place last week. The operational crew hoped to inflate the dome at the end of April, but weather and other setbacks forced the complex to postpone the inflation.
It will house training fields for the Northern Colorado Hailstorm and the Northern Colorado Owlz.
Northern Colorado FC just finished its season after narrowly missing the USL League One playoffs on a tie breaker. The team got a sneak peek of the dome last week, and it will begin training at the facility this winter.
“The dome is an absolute game-changer, not only for the pro soccer team here, but also the whole community here in northern Colorado and further,” said Hailstorm head coach Éamon Zayed. “It’s the best indoor facility I have ever seen in my career. The team didn’t appreciate the magnitude of all of it until we got to see inside last week. I speak for all of Hailstorm FC when I say we can not wait to get going in the dome for the 2023 season.”
It is 96 feet high, 167,000 square feet and spans four acres. The complex said the dome is the largest ever built in the United States and is one of the three largest built globally. Future Legends expects to open it for public and private use by the end of the year.
The dome will include 16 volleyball courts, nine basketball courts, a professional soccer field, four flag football fields, two youth baseball and softball fields and a lacrosse field.
In a connected space, the complex built a restaurant, sports bar, banquet space and glass-enclosed space to watch activities within the dome.
For reference, the dome is large enough to accommodate three jumbo jets and stands about seven to eight stories high, Future Legends communications director Damian Foley said earlier this year.
Outside of the dome, the organization will have a facility with 16 pickleball courts and four beach volleyball courts. The second phase is under construction.
Additionally, the dome will feature professional-grade LED lighting.
“We are thrilled and privileged to share this with the world as this will be a staple, not only at Future Legends for years to come, but for athletes and attendees locally and globally,” Future Legends Executive Director of Operations Casey Katofsky said in a statements.
Katofsky said the dome is the complex’s largest finished amenity. It is still working on the outdoor stadiums and athlete dorms. After multiple setbacks, the complex is set to host its official grand opening event next year.