Sporting activities are one of the most important past times for the inhabitants of the Mile High City, a predilection which translates in the city’s sustained effort to build and develop a state of the art athletic infrastructure. Denver, Colorado is home for professional teams which activate in all major North American sport leagues. In the late 1990, in order to further profit from the presence of these franchises, the municipality decided to initiate a program which aimed to restore and upgrade the sports facilities of the city. As a result, three cutting edge arenas, the Pepsi Center, the Coors Field and the Invesco Field at Mile High, were opened to the public.
Inaugurated in 2001, the Invesco Field at Mile High is one of the newest sporting venues in the United States. Fans from all over the Centennial State flock to this temple of sports to watch the NFL home games of the Denver Broncos and support the team towards victory. The stadium is also home to the Denver Outlaws, a professional lacrosse team, and has hosted in the past the home matches of the NSL Denver Rapids soccer team, as well as college football games.
The Broncos’ stadium is also known under the Mile High Stadium nickname that comes from the one mile elevation of the arena and is inherited from the original Mile High Stadium built in 1948 and closed in 2001. The old stadium had the same capacity as the modern one (roughly 76,000 seats) but it was no longer compatible with modern commercial standards. Therefore the city of Denver decided to build a new arena, in the vicinity of the old Broncos stadium in order to offer the Broncos a competitive edge in NFL and better accommodate the crowds of supporters. The new stadium’s price tag, which topped 400 million dollars, was supported through tax payer’s funds as well as from contributions of the owners of the Denver Broncos team.
The stadium is well known for the horseshoe shape of its upper bowl, which majestically outlines on the backdrop of the Rockies. It features an all-natural grass pitch, a 76,125 seating capacity, 132 luxury suites and three video boards with a price tag of 2.6 million dollars. The complex also includes a Broncos store, where fans can purchase officially licensed Bronco gear, a museum dedicated to the history of the Broncos and a shopping center.
The fans of the Broncos are well known for their almost fanatical dedication to their favorite team. These “super fans” gather on the South Stands of the Denver Broncos stadium, and love nothing more than to roll the resonating Rocky Mountain thunder by simultaneously stumping their feet.
Bucky the Bronco is a 27 feet tall statue representing the symbol of the team, a wild horse. The statue is more than 25 years old and was moved from the old Mile High Stadium to the new venue after being restored.
Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium also hosted various concerts of big ticket artists and bands such as the Eagles (at the inaugurating event), Metallica and soon to come U2 which have drawn crowds of almost 100,000 people to the Broncos Stadium.
The Mile High Stadium stands a symbol of Denver’s “can do” attitude, inspiring athletes and crowds alike to always pursue the victory.