Colorado State University, Metropolitan
State University of Denver, Regis University,
University of Colorado at Boulder and the
University of Denver. Sports supported by
colleges and universities in the area include
baseball, basketball, lacrosse, cross country,
football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming,
diving, water polo, skiing, tennis, track and
field, volleyball and wrestling.
Denver’s numerous sports venues are
primarily located in or near downtown, and
are credited with contributing to the revitalization of lower downtown.
11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 80020
Formerly known as the Broomfield Event
Center, 1STBANK Center is the premiere
mid-sized event venue in the Denver area.
The state-of-the-art venue has a capacity of
6,500 people and hosts live music, family
shows, sporting events, community functions and more.
2001 Blake St., Denver, 80205;
The Colorado Rockies call Coors Field
home. The baseball park can hold more
than 500,000 fans. Since opening in 1995,
it has been a leader in attendance for major
league baseball games. Spectacular views
of the Rocky Mountains greet those sitting
in the first base and right field areas. Seats
in the upper deck’s 20th row are painted
purple to mark 5,280 feet, exactly one
mile above sea level. The park’s ameni-
ties include private suites, retail stores,
picnic areas, an interactive games area,
specially designated Family Sections and a
clubhouse. Visitors can tours Coors Field
throughout the year.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St., Denver, 80204;
With a unique, undulating upper profile
and a skin of steel, glass and aluminum,
Sports Authority Field at Mile High reflects
the Rocky Mountains to the west and the
modern Denver skyline to the east. The
1.8-million-square-foot stadium opened
in 2001 and has more than 76,000 seats
for fans. The National Football League’s
Denver Broncos and the Denver Outlaws,
a summer lacrosse team, call Sports
Authority Field at Mile High home.
Outstanding views exist for fans on five
levels of seating, including 8, 200 club seats
and 144 luxury suites. The playing area is
natural grass. Traditional and specialty
concession fare is available for purchase.
Level 5 of Sports Authority Field holds
the Ring of Fame, which honors former
Denver Broncos players and administrators.
A special sculpture created in Florence,
Italy by renowned sculptor Sergio Benve-
nuti, depicts five larger-than-life broncos, a
mare and a colt running uphill in an alpine
mountain setting. On the south end of the
stadium, a grand lawn provides an on-site
festival and event area with a permanent
stage. A park-like area on the east side of
the stadium integrates the landscape of
the South Platte River with native grasses,
creating the feeling of a loose, undulating
plain. Autumn Blaze Maples are placed in
concentric circles, forming “pass through
the land,” a public art project incorporated
in the east side.
1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, 80204
This sports and entertainment venue
hosts more than 220 sporting events,
concerts and special events each year.
Located at the edge of downtown Denver,
the Pepsi Center is home to the National
Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets,
National Hockey League’s Colorado
Avalanche and National Lacrosse
League’s Colorado Mammoth. The Pepsi
Center opened in October 1999 with a
Celine Dion concert.
The 5-level arena seats 20,000+ for
concerts, 19, 155 for basketball games
and 18,007 for hockey games. 1,000 staff
members are required to run each event.
The stadium includes 95 luxury suites
that accommodate from 12 to 16 people,
as well as 298 wheelchair accessible locations with companion seats. Guests can
also enjoy casual and fine dining in three
different restaurants: the Blue Sky Grill,
Land Rover Denver Club and Peak Pub
House. The Pepsi Center is located in a
convenient location that is accessible by
public bus and light rail.
Pepsi Center. Photo by Steve Crecelius, courtesy of VISIT DENVER