Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Sports Authority Field at Mile High


Sports Authority Field at Mile High,
previously known as Invesco Field at Mile High, and commonly known as Mile
High or Mile High Stadium, is an American football stadium in Denver,
Colorado. The field is named after a sponsor and the stadium is named Mile
High. The stadium’s primary tenant is the Denver Broncos of the National
Football League. The stadium opened in 2001 to replace Mile High Stadium. The
stadium was largely paid for by taxpayers in the Denver metropolitan
area and the property is owned by a special taxing district. More
controversially, Invesco paid $120 million for the original naming rights,
before Sports Authority secured the naming rights on August 16, 2011.
Naming rights controversy Many fans opposed a corporate name and
wished to retain the previous venue’s name, “Mile High Stadium”. The Denver
Post initially refused to use the Invesco label and referred to it as Mile
High stadium for several years before changing their policy and adding Invesco
to articles. On August 16, 2011, The Metropolitan
Stadium District announced Invesco would immediately transfer the naming rights
to Englewood, Colorado-based Sports Authority in a 25-year agreement worth
$6 million per year. Usage
It is used primarily for American football games. It is the home field for
Denver’s National Football League team, the Denver Broncos. The stadium also
hosts the city’s Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws. In college
football it has hosted the rivalry game between the Colorado State University
Rams and the University of Colorado at Boulder Buffaloes. It is also used for
the CHSAA class 4A and 5A Colorado high school football state championship
games, and has been used for the CBA Marching Band Finals.
In addition, it has been used for the DCI Championships in 2004 and the annual
Drums Along the Rockies competition. It is also used for concerts, music
festivals and other events. It was the former home of the city’s Major League
Soccer franchise, the Colorado Rapids. Location
It marks the completion of a six-year sporting venue upgrade program in
Denver, including Coors Field and Pepsi Center. As with the other venues, the
stadium was constructed to be easily accessible. It sits along Interstate 25
near the Colfax Avenue and 17th Avenue exits. It is also bordered by Federal
Boulevard, a major Denver thoroughfare, on the west side. A dedicated light rail
station also serves the stadium. The stadium is located in the Sun Valley
neighborhood. Stadium culture and traditions
A home game tradition is the “Incomplete Chant.” At Bronco home games, when the
opposing team throws an incomplete pass, the stadium announcer will state “Pass
thrown by [the opposing quarterback] intended for [the opposing intended
receiver] is…” at which time the fans complete the chant by saying
“IN-COM-PLETE!!” This is followed by the “sad trombone” sound effect.
The stadium has sold out every Denver Broncos’ home game since its inception
in 2001, carrying over the “sold-out” tradition from Mile High Stadium, where
every home game had been sold out since 1970. Another tradition carried over
from Mile High Stadium is during halftime or towards the end of the game,
the stadium’s public-address announcer will announce the actual attendance for
the game as well as how many people didn’t show up for the game, and if that
number is generally over a thousand, Broncos fans chant a loud “boo” towards
those empty seats. The empty seats should not be taken as the game not
being sold out, it just simply means some fans with tickets did not show.
During the stadium’s first years, another tradition was carried over from
Mile High, where Broncos fans on each side of the stadium would chant “Go”
“Broncos,” and they would go back and forth chanting it for many minutes. That
tradition has since died out. Another long term tradition is the “South
Stands,” where it is known to be the loudest and most fierce portion of the
stadium. Finally, especially in the upper two
decks, the usually cold fans create their own ‘Mile High Thunder’ by
stamping their feet on the stadium’s floors. The old Mile High Stadium was
built with bare metal, and the ‘Thunder’ reverberated readily. The new stadium
also took steps via the addition of steel floors to preserve this unique
acoustic. On December 21, 2012, the Broncos announced a $30 million
renovation project prior to the start of the 2013 season, including a new
high-definition LED video board on the stadium’s south end zone that triples
the size of the old video board. NFL events
On September 10, 2001, the stadium hosted its first regular season NFL
game, in which the Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants 31–20. In a
pre-game ceremony, Broncos legends John Elway, Steve Atwater, Randy Gradishar,
Haven Moses, Billy Thompson, Floyd Little, Dennis Smith, and Karl
Mecklenburg helped to “Move the Thunder” from the old Mile High Stadium to the
new home of the Broncos. The stadium has hosted several NFL
playoff games. It hosted the 2006 AFC Divisional Playoff, in which Denver beat
the New England Patriots 27–13. The following week, it hosted the 2005–06
NFL playoffs, which the Broncos lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34–17. On
January 8, 2012, the stadium hosted its third NFL Playoff game, an AFC Wild Card
Weekend match against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Denver Broncos won in
overtime, 29–23. On January 12, 2013, the stadium hosted its fourth NFL
Playoff game, an AFC Divisional weekend match against the Baltimore Ravens which
the Denver Broncos lost 35–38 in 2OT. On October 29, 2007, a record crowd of
77,160 watched the Broncos lose to the Green Bay Packers 19–13 on Monday Night
Football on the first play from scrimmage in overtime.
On November 26, 2009, it hosted its first Thanksgiving game, when the Denver
Broncos took on the New York Giants. The game was televised on the NFL Network,
which the Broncos won by a final score of 26–6.
On January 19, 2014, the Broncos defeated the New England Patriots in the
AFC Championship Game by a score of 26-16 in front of 77,110, advancing to
their first Super Bowl since they began play in the new stadium.
Other notable events The stadium has hosted other sports
events. The first football game held was the Rocky Mountain Showdown, when the
University of Colorado Buffaloes defeated the Colorado State University
Rams, 41–14. On July 2, 2005, it hosted the 2005 Major League Lacrosse All-Star
Game. In 2006, Major League Lacrosse placed the expansion Outlaws in Denver.
The stadium has held several concerts. The first event held was a concert by
the Eagles. Irish rock band U2 performed at the stadium on May 21, 2011, during
their U2 360° Tour in front of a sold out crowd of 77,918 people. The show was
originally to be held on June 12, 2010, but was postponed, due to Bono’s
emergency back surgery. In August 2004, it hosted the Drum Corps
International Division I World Championships.
On August 28, 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama
accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United
States here, moving the 2008 Democratic National Convention from Pepsi Center.
Approximately 84,000 people attended Obama’s speech, exceeding the normal
capacity of the stadium due to the placement of audience on the field.
On July 26, 2014, Sports Authority Field at Mile High hosted a soccer match
between Manchester United and A.S. Roma which was part of the 2014 International
Champions Cup and Manchester United won the match 3-2.
Denver Broncos Ring of Fame Quarterback John Elway, 1999 Inductee*
Safety Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin, 1984 Inductee
Linebacker Randy Gradishar, 1989 Inductee
Defensive End Rich Jackson, 1984 Inductee
Linebacker Tom Jackson, 1992 Inductee Quarterback Charley Johnson, 1986
Inductee Running Back Floyd Little, 1984
Inductee* Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, 2001
Inductee Quarterback Craig Morton, 1988 Inductee
Wide Receiver Haven Moses, 1988 Inductee Former Owner Gerald H. Phipps, 1985
Inductee Safety Dennis Smith, 2001 Inductee
Defensive End Paul Smith, 1986 Inductee Wide Receiver Lionel Taylor, 1984
Inductee Defensive Back Bill Thompson, 1987
Inductee Quarterback Frank Tripucka, 1986
Inductee Kicker Jim Turner, 1988 Inductee
Cornerback Louis Wright, 1993 Inductee Tackle Gary Zimmerman, 2003 Inductee*
Free Safety Steve Atwater, 2005 Inductee Running Back Terrell Davis, 2007
Inductee Tight End Shannon Sharpe, 2009 Inductee*
Wide Receiver Rod Smith, 2012 Inductee Center Tom Nalen, 2013 Inductee
Owner Pat Bowlen, 2015 Inductee Running back Gene Mingo, 2014 Inductee
Head coach Dan Reeves, 2014 Inductee Wide receiver Rick Upchurch, 2014
Inductee * Also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
While the ring of fame was carried over from the old stadium to the new, the
names were re-ordered to segregate the pre-Pat Bowlen era and the post-Bowlen
era. One of the most noticeable changes was the move of John Elway’s name to the
center of the ring, in-between the goalposts of the North endzone.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum
opened in August 2001. It is located at Gate #1 on the west side of the stadium.
See also Mile High Stadium
Coors Field Pepsi Center
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park McNichols Arena
References External links
Sports Authority Field at Mile High official website
Sports Authority Field at Mile High at StadiumDB.com
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Seating Chart

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