MANTECA SNAGS GREAT WOLF
ow strategic is Manteca’s location, amenities, and the city’s ability to serve growth for capturing the growing leisure time market and trends toward staycations? Ask Great Wolf Lodge. The world’s largest indoor waterpark resort company passed on Brentwood and Gilroy to ink a deal to build its Northern California location in Manteca — at the epicenter of the megaregion. Great Wolf has broken ground on a 500room hotel resort and 109,767 square-foot indoor waterpark. It also includes colorful tubes for rides that will just off the northern wall along Daniels Street. The main lobby — which will soar as high as four stories — is where a multitude of free family-style programs are offered for guests such as story time and children’s yoga. There is an Adventureland with everything from kids bowling, climbing walls, miniature golf, an arcade, laser games, rope climbing and more plus a sit-down restaurant, four restaurants in and a food court and other options such as candy and ice cream vendors available to the public and resort guests. The sit down restaurant will include a larger outdoor dining area overlooking the resort’s swimming pool. There will be 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms plus a 5,000 square-foot outdoor pavilion for cheer and dance competitions.
Manteca’s Big League Dream sports complex replica Major League Baseball fields plus an indoor soccer arena that attracts nearly 500,000 visitors a year from throughout Northern California.
The resort fronting the 120 Bypass off of Airport Way represents a $150 million investment and is targeted to open in mid 2020. It is part of a 210-acre city-planned family entertainment zone that includes the Big League Dreams sports complex with its six
replica Major League baseball fields and indoor soccer arena that draws almost 500,000 spectators annually in addition to players. The entertainment zone is being developed with amateur sports in mind as well as leisuretime activities plus restaurants and commercial. When Great Wolf opens, the 500-room hotel will be the largest in the 450-mile long Great Central Valley that stretches from Redding to Bakersfield. It will give Manteca the biggest private sector year-round destination resort in the Northern San Joaquin Valley drawing 500,000 visitors a year. Great Wolf’s marketing experts note families that stay typically two days at their other
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A rider takes a turn at the Spreckels BMX Park in Manteca.