Sports fans have countless opportunities
year-round to watch their favorite teams.
From football and baseball to basketball, hockey, and soccer games, 6 million
Denverites cheer on their teams each year.
In 1991, the Metro Denver Sports Commission was formed to attract the world’s top
sporting events to the city. Thanks in part to
the commission’s work, Denver has hosted
several major sporting events, including the
2007 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Western
Regional Tournament and the 2008 NCAA
Frozen Four Hockey Tournament. You
won’t get bored with these many teams
to root on. The following listings provide
information about sports venues and teams
in the metro Denver area.
Major League Baseball (MLB)
The Colorado Rockies had their inaugural season in 1993, playing in front of
a record-breaking 4. 4 million fans that
first year. The team is a member of the
National League West Division. The
Rockies played in the 2007 World Series
against the Boston Red Sox.
Central Hockey League (CHL)
The Denver Cutthroats are a minor league
team of the Central Hockey League. The
Cutthroats’ first season was in 2012, and its
home is the Denver Coliseum.
National Basketball Association (NBA)
The Nuggets are Denver’s professional NBA
basketball team. The team joined the NBA
in 1976 and has been entertaining fans in
Denver ever since then. The team is named
after the 19th century mining boom in Colo-
rado, when people came to Colorado with
dreams of striking it rich by panning for
gold and silver nuggets.
National Football League (NFL)
Get out your blue and orange! Broncomania
is a fact of life in Denver Colorado. The
Broncos won their first Super Bowl through a
31-24 victory against the Green Bay Packers
in Super Bowl XXXII. A year later, they won
again. To honor the team’s successes, the
Denver Broncos Ring of Fame was established
in 1984. The team’s most valuable players and
administrators are inducted into the Ring of
Fame, which visitors can see on Level 5 of
Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
National Hockey League (NHL)
The Colorado Avalanche National Hockey
League team has called Denver home since
the 1995-1996 season. The Avalanche has
advanced to postseason play each year, and
won the Stanley Cup twice.
Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse
National Lacrosse League (NLL)
The National Lacrosse League’s Colorado
Mammoth won the NLL 2006 Champions
Cup. More than 990,000 Mammoth fans
have packed the Pepsi Center since the team
began playing there in 2003.
Denver Outlaws Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse
Since joining Major League Lacrosse in 2006,
the Denver Outlaws have been one of the
league’s most successful teams. They have
made it to the championship game four times.
Major League Soccer (MLS)
Denver’s Major League Soccer team was
founded in 1995 and moved to its new home
at Dick’s Sporting Good Park in 2007.
3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison, 80465
Bandimere celebrated its 55th anniversary
season in 2013. National Hot Rod Association Championship Drag Racing happens
here every April through October.
Colorado National Speedway
4281 Weld County Road 10, Dacono, 80514
The Colorado National Speedway hosts
the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, the
richest and most recognized short-track
series in the nation, from April through
September each year.
Nearly 65,000 Coloradans throughout
the state own and love horses, and many
of them participate in racing. Summer
weekends tend to be busy times at area
racetracks, as 40 percent of the state’s
horse population are actually show or
Arapahoe Park Racetrack
26000 E. Quincy, Aurora, 80016
Horse racing occurs every weekend, June
OTHER SPECTATOR SPORTS
A variety of other spectator sporting events
happen in Colorado, including the Winter
X Games in Aspen, the USA Pro Cycling
Challenge and the women’s NCAA final
four. Learn more about upcoming national
and international sporting events in Denver
College sports teams are also abundant
in the metro Denver area. Top-ranked
sports programs exist at Colorado School
of Mines, Colorado Christian University,