Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver Colorado

Where might you find Sports Authority Field at Mile High? Given a significant clue in its name, you likely know it is in a city laying claim to the distinction of being at 5,280 feet. Yes, Denver, Colorado. Holding 76,125 rooting fans, it is a sizable and extravagant masterpiece, adjacent to downtown. If you hear someone say they are headed to Mile High…well, you can imagine.

Did you know that, above the lower grandstand, Mile High is horseshoe shaped? The idea came from (bucking) broncos. Yes, it takes after the Denver Broncos, alluding to horses that are either wild or as yet quite untamed. The Broncos do have a reputation as a formidable team, after all. Another “did you know” has to do with the playing field. It is a natural grass field, comprised of four different Kentucky Bluegrasses. But that’s not all. Every 3/4 of an inch in the sod, polypropylene fibers (a development of DD Grassmaster—a Holland company) are sewn vertically to provide stabilization alongside the natural grass. Computerized drainage and temperature sensors that can kick in 21 miles of hot water tubing, help keep the playing field in tip-top form, including during heavy rains.

The Denver Broncos, a highly-respected NFL team, has an impressive history of wins. Not only did they clinch twelve division titles, but they also played in six Super Bowls, winning two in a row—XXXII (a win over the challenging Green Bay Packers) and XXXIII (against the Atlanta Falcons). John Elway is a name familiar to all football fans, as he quarterbacked five of the Bowls and has amassed many NFL records.

The Field has five concourse levels, with the horseshoe open to the south. Built in 2001, it is right next door to the site of the stadium it replaced—Mile High Stadium. In fact, you could have been watching a game in the old stadium while watching the new one being built. If you enjoy checking out the various venues, you will have fun in the Broncos Team Store, the 50 Yard stores, the High School Helmet Display. For your viewing pleasure, there are three jumbotron screens, one each in the two northern “corners,” and one in the south end zone. Speaking of end zones, if you look south, above the scoreboard, you will find “Bucky,” a larger-than-life replica of a bucking bronco. Roy Rogers gave permission, back in 1975, to have it patterned after his horse Trigger.

If you are on I-25, heading to Mile High Stadium Circle, you made the right choice in your navigation. Stadium parking has room for 6,500 vehicles, with another 15,000 in private lots in surrounding areas. Light rail lines C, E, and W will get you within an 8-minute walk of the stadium. You’ve also got the Platte Valley Trolley, and Broncos Ride Shuttles from park-and-ride lots. No matter how you slice it, the planners made it easy to get you, your family, and your friends to the Field. For additional details, read about parking and transportation options for a Broncos game. If you are a happy peddler, there is the Denver Bike Path.

Food lovers (aren’t we all!) will be delighted at the prospects. You will note a Rocky Mountains theme that runs throughout. Look for Bronco Brats at the Blitzburger Grill, or just try to ignore the hot dogs, BBQ, and popcorn. Good luck! For the beverage crowd, Rivers Edge Tap Room has Colorado beers, including micro-brews. Then there is the Tavern Mile High. Tailgating is a sport in itself, one well-supported sport at all of the parking lots, so get a head-start on celebrating the game.

If you want to fully experience the Field, take a tour. It will bring everlasting enjoyment, for every memory of your visit(s) will include your insider’s knowledge. Tours are handled by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (by Gate #1). The tours last about 75-90 minutes, taking in the Press Center, Museum, visiting team locker room, party suites, Keg Room, United Club level, Thunder’s Stall, the Television Truck Production Area, and an end zone. Schedules vary depending upon the time of year. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children 5-12, with children 4 and under free. If you can gather up 25 people, you can get the group rate of $9 per person.

For tickets to the games and other events, you can call the ticket office at 720-258-3333. Also, you can get details at the stadium ticket windows. In addition to pro football, college teams get to haggle here as well. If you like lacrosse, the Outlaws play here. For a memorable birthday party, hold it in relation to one of these lacrosse games!

This magnificent stadium is in a captivating part of the world. Don’t miss it. Taking in a game here. With all the amenities and the fun food, it is truly worth it.