October 4, 2018

Windsor fastpitch facility under construction

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A schematic showing David Rocha's $3 million Fastpitch Nation Park being planned for Day Hill Road in Windsor.

An 11-field outdoor fastpitch softball facility that would be the largest in the Northeast is under construction and on pace for an April 2019 opening, officials said.

Fastpitch Nation Park, located at 1001 Day Hill Road, is being developed by David Rocha, who also owns an indoor fastpitch facility in Bloomfield, the similarly named Fastpitch Nation.

The Hartford Business Journal first reported Rocha's plans for the park in July. Rocha said the facility will help meet fast-growing demand for fastpitch facilities and bring competitors and their friends and families into Connecticut for tournaments.

"We expect more than 35,000 people to visit our new ball park in its first year of operation – that includes more than 1,350 teams competing in over 3,200 games," Rocha said in a statement Thursday. "Fastpitch Nation Park can accommodate this growth and make for a more enjoyable sports experience for the young athletes, their families and friends, and officials."

The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau said that events at the park are expected to result in $8 million in spending during its first year in operation, generating over $500,000 in tax revenue.

Rocha plans the new park's first tournament to take place in late April.

The facility will focus mainly on youth girls' fastpitch, which Rocha says is one one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.

Besides the fields, which will have red Alabama shale infields, the site will have a 3,200-square-foot building for retail, storage and restrooms, LED scoreboards, covered dugouts and other amenities. Rocha also plans to stream games online.

Rocha holds the title of Fastpitch State Director for New England for the United States Specialty Sports Association. USSSA said in a statement that it plans to partner with Rocha to host regional and national events in Windsor.

Rocha is leasing 22 acres of the Day Hill Road parcel, which is owned by Mark Greenberg. The other part of the property contains office and retail space.

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