However, one of the hotel’s most alluring features might be the bridge that connects it to the residential tower. Not only does it overlook Coors Field, but it also has a rooftop pool and hot tub. (In addition to a large fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows that extend into the Rocky Mountains.) Finally, the Rockies Hall of Fame will be installed on the hotel’s second floor, where interactive exhibits bring the team to life.
Numerous grocery and retail stores are expected to move to McGregor Square in the coming weeks. The original, an offshoot of a restaurant of the same name in Portland, Oregon, opened on the ground floor of the rally. There, chef Denis Zvekic has put together a menu that celebrates American dinner, such as devilish eggs with candied smoked salmon, mac and cheese with green chilli and strong old-fashioned products that are served in a plastic bag in Capri-Sun style. Other spots to be opened soon include a beer-obsessed outpost of Tom’s Watch Bar (with three Topgolf Swing suites); the second location of Carmine’s on Penn, a decade-old family restaurant; and Milepost Zero, a tightly curated grocery hall with booths from national and Colorado grocers.
The original, an offshoot of a restaurant of the same name in Portland, opened on the ground floor of the rally.
Popular local bookstore Tattered Cover may open its flagship shop here, possibly before summer. The inclusion is part of a strategic effort ensuring the course isn’t just a baseball target. “A bookstore might not appeal to you, but it has different experiences that can involve the whole family,” says Walsh. “If we only loaded three or four sports bars, we would only attract sports fans.”
At the heart of the development, however, is a 28,000-square-foot outdoor space with a grassy slope for picnics and a giant screen for hosting spectator parties. “If we’re on the other side of the pandemic outdoors in Denver, this will be a great opportunity to feel that community again,” says Walsh. “It won’t just be people watching TV on the big screen.”
The ambitions for how this space will be used are high. Walsh, who wants McGregor Square to flourish year round, not just baseball season, says the place was inspired by the Kansas City Power & Light District, the $ 850 million downtown entertainment district. To ensure that the square functions as a dynamic public meeting place, the McGregor Square team is planning programs that range from installing batting cages to hosting movie nights and concerts, organizing fitness classes or building an ice rink in the winter.
McGregor Square is named after the late Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor, who passed away in 2010 and whom Walsh says he once dreamed of such a project. “They found some sketches on the back of the napkin of what he wanted to do with it, with a hotel, condominium, and retail,” he says. “And that’s exactly what we did.”