New facility will feature a full-size indoor field; becomes the next piece of burgeoning sports development on Day Hill Road.
Planned as the premier indoor sports facility in the region, the Day Hill Dome received Planning & Zoning Commission approval at its public hearing on Tuesday night.
The Dome will provide 100,000 square feet (250’ x 400’) of clear span indoor field space and an integrated 6,500sqft support facility. Custom engineering will allow visitors to travel between the support area and the field without going through an airlock – the first of its kind in the Northeast.
The Day Hill Dome will feature what is believed to be the region’s only full-size (70 x 120 yard) indoor field that meets NCAA regulations. The professional-grade FieldTurf surface will be perfect for many sports, including soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and football. With an inlaid infield and 82′ ceilings, the Day Hill Dome will also be an excellent choice for baseball practice.
Focused on providing a memorable experience for players, parents, coaches, and fans, the Day Hill Dome will be climate controlled year-round and feature a 75-yard, second-floor viewing deck. Add to that a natural skylight, LED field lighting that exceeds national youth sports standards, a Wi-Fi cafe, and a dedicated drop-off/pick-up lane with abundant parking, and the Dome will be a premier sports destination.
Open to players of all ages and abilities and located less than two miles off I-91 (exit 38), the Day Hill Dome will be accessible and convenient. With numerous existing and planned hotels and restaurants on Day Hill Road, it will have all the amenities necessary to host regional and national tournaments. The highly successful Fastpitch Nation tournament softball complex is located within the same development.
“We were attracted to this Day Hill Road location for two main reasons,” said Vincent DiCarlo, president and general manager of the Dome. “The first was its close proximity to I-91 which expands our market reach. The second was the opportunity to be the next piece of Mark Greenberg’s commercial recreation development. Fastpitch Nation was already on site and very successful. In addition to the existing hotels and restaurants in the area, there are also plans for additional ones in the development next to the Dome. Combine that with the fact that we are 10 minutes from Bradley Airport and it was clear to see this location is perfect for large regional and national tournaments.”
“Since Day Hill Rd became the huge success we had hoped for with world class commercial development, we have been hoping for entertainment for the off peak hours and these new sports developments are exactly what we hoped for,” noted Windsor Mayor Don Trinks. “They will bring guests for the hotels and customers for the restaurants in town.”
DiCarlo said that the company is excited to start construction soon on the one-of-a-kind facility.
“The goal from our initial discussion was to develop a best-in-class sports environment, and this Planning & Zoning approval brings us one step closer to delivering our facility to the region.”
In planning since early 2019, the Day Hill Dome has already secured strategic partners to use the facility when it opens in the Fall of 2021. Phase II plans include outdoor fields with lights and additional amenities.
For more information on Day Hill Dome, and future plans about it, you can visit www.DayHillDome.com