WINDSOR – Northern Colorado’s new professional football team now has a name: Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC.

The team’s management, who will join the Northern Colorado Owlz Pioneer League professional baseball team to play at the Future Legends Sports Complex under construction in Windsor, revealed the name and brand on Tuesday.

The Hailstorm patch was developed by football brand designer Christopher Payne, the team said. The team colors are navy blue, beige, gray and white.

Hailstorm will play in USL League One as an expansion team.

“This is a very exciting day for the northern Colorado soccer community,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “Now that Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC has a name and a visual identity, the community can really start to get excited about their squad and the way they continue to take shape heading into their debut season in 2022.”

The developers of Future Legends have their work cut out for them to complete the installation ahead of the 2022 season.

Construction on the 118-acre site at 801 Diamond Valley Drive, which will include youth fields and a hotel, has been stalled for the past eight months after the U.S. Department of Agriculture informed the developer that a part of the ditch of the consolidated law could have been hijacked. On the Future Legends site in the 1950s or 1960s, California developer and Future Legends founder Jeff Katofsky told BizWest last month.

Katofky said the agency withdrew its stop work order in May after determining that the project would have no impact on historic sites and that the developer was resuming construction.

Despite the shutdown, Katofsky said he was determined to deliver the project on time for Owlz and Hailstorm to host games in 2022, although the hotel component of the resort could be completed later than planned.

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