Sports Authority Field

Sports Authority Field

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Denver, Colorado

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, previously known as Invesco Field at Mile High, and commonly known as Mile High, is a stadium in Denver, Colorado.  It replaced the identically sized, but commercially obsolete Mile High Stadium (named for the fact that Denver is exactly one mile above sea level) in 2001. It is best known as the home of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Invesco paid $120 million for the original naming rights, before Sports Authority secured the naming rights on August 16, 2011.

The building of the stadium marked 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.

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 (Drum Corps International) 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.

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