Weld County DA investigating co-founder of Rocky Mountain Sports Park project in Windsor
March 7, 2018
WINDSOR — Just months after its groundbreaking, investigators from the Weld District Attorney's Office are investigating the project dubbed the world's largest sports park.
Krista Henery, spokeswoman for the office, confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into Rocky Mountain Sports Park that it is in its preliminary stages. She declined to provide further details, such as why the office is investigating or who is at the center of that investigation.
A spokesman for the sports park told The Tribune in an emailed statement the company approached the DA's office and asked it to conduct an investigation. He did not say who was at the center of the investigation. However, Tribune media partner Denver7 reported the investigation focused on Mike Billadeau, the project's former director of operations.
"The company is cooperating and providing information as needed," company spokesman Steven Chasteen wrote in the email to The Tribune. "As the investigation is ongoing, it would be premature to discuss the investigation in advance of any determination by the district attorney's office."
“The company is cooperating and providing information as needed.
— steven Chasteen, Rocky Mountain Sports Park spokesman
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In an email, Chasteen also confirmed Billadeau no longer is affiliated with the project. He added the company still intends to continue construction, a plan Windsor's town government supports.
Patti Garcia, interim town manager for the town of Windsor, said the news of the investigation hasn't altered the relationship between the town and the project.
"It hasn't changed anything. He's no longer part of the project," she said. "We're still moving forward."
The $225 million project has been held up as the first of its kind in the nation. With a planned 68 baseball fields and a 4,500 capacity feature stadium, it was often heralded as the world's largest sports park. Former Colorado Rockies player Ryan Spillborghs owned the project, and worked with Chasteen and Billadeau to make the park a reality.
The sports park is slated for the northern edge of land that has been annexed into Windsor at Colo. 257 and Weld County Road 74, three miles north of Windsor Lake.
Billadeau was notably absent from the project's groundbreaking. When asked how long the investigation into the sports park has lasted, Henery declined to comment.
Court documents reveal only one Mike Billadeau has had history with courts in Colorado. The date of birth provided on those documents jibes with information from Billadeau's LinkdIn profile about when he graduated high school and college.
In 2011, the Billadeau in the court documents faced two misdemeanors in Larimer County — harassment and violation of a protection order. Prosecutors in August 2011 dismissed the harassment charge, and Billadeau received a deferred sentence for violating the protection order, which meant after he successfully avoided legal trouble for a time his plea was withdrawn. That case closed in February 2013.
Court documents also revealed 10 civil cases against that Billadeau, many of them filed by companies to whom the man owed money. The amount he owed varied in some cases from a few hundred dollars to a 2012 Larimer County case in which he owed $9,240 to Kurts Property Management.
— Windsor Now reporter Emily Wenger contributed to this story.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. An earlier version of the story incorrectly attributed some information to a sports park spokesman.