Parking at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The Denver Broncos are the only NFL team that play home games one mile above sea level, where the air is cooler, and thinner. Visitors may or may not take notice of the slightly reduced oxygen levels as they scramble to find parking in and around the stadium grounds.

Like most NFL stadiums, most of Sports Authority Field’s parking lots are reserved for season ticket holders. Parking for singe-game ticket holders costs anywhere between twenty and thirty dollars, is scant, and usually fills up within minutes of the gates opening. Game-goers might want to consider a few alternatives in case these lots become unavailable by the time they arrive. Given the sheer size of the stadium, there are not enough parking spaces for all the fans who drive to the game. Fans should identify the specific location of their seats on the official Broncos seating chart first, then try to find a space closer to the entrance near their seat.

Parking Tips For Broncos Games

One of the best ways to secure parking without a struggle is to arrive early. Even if you do not find parking at the stadium lot, ample parking exists around the stadium. Both the Pepsi Center and the Auraria Campus are located east of I-25 and only ten minutes by foot from the stadium. Game day spaces range between ten and fifteen dollars, and are cash only. Show up at least two hours before the game starts, and back park in a space close to the exit to make your exit as easy as possible later.

Another alternative is public transportation. Several park and ride options are made available on game day. Broncos Ride shuttles transport fans to Sports Authority Field at Mile High from local park and ride lots in the metropolitan area. Buses depart approximately one and a half to two hours before kickoff, and meet passengers in Lot A outside Gate 9 after the game. Round trip fares range anywhere from four to ten dollars, and tickets can be bought at ticket vending machines, or ticket booths at select light rail stations. The Federal Shuttle, which makes stops at Lincoln High School and at bus stations on Federal Boulevard, and the Market Street Station Shuttle are also worth looking into. If you live locally, consider hopping on the light rail, and taking the C, E or W lines to the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Station, which is about an eight minute walk to the stadium.

Tailgating at Sports Authority Field

In observance of the NFL tailgating tradition, Sports Authority Field opens all lot gates four hours before the game. Single-game ticket holders are welcome, so long as they can secure a first-come first-serve space. Select lots in the surrounding area might also host tailgating parties, but be sure to check with parking lot officials before busting out the grill. For those parked in lots that prohibit tailgating, consider making your way to Mile High Mountain Village, or the Sports Legend Mall to get you warmed up for kickoff, and all the guts and glory to come.