DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Fans head for the gates as the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Coors Field? Invesco? Pepsi Center? Infinity Park? Dicks Sporting Good Park? Which pro stadium tops the list?
Denver is great sports town, and with great sports towns come great sports venues. But if you are looking for the ultimate fan experience at a local venue, which one should you choose? Listed below is a ranking of the top 5 professional sports stadiums, arenas and fields in the Denver metro area.
5. Infinity Park - Seating Capacity: 5000, Opened: 2007
If you are a fan of rugby, you have undoubtedly been to Infinity Park in Glendale. As one of the premier rugby stadiums in the world, rugby fans of all ages can get their fix in the state-of-the-art complex. When Infinity Park opened in 2007 it was the first municipally owned rugby stadium in the U.S. and as a result has hosted many national and international rugby tournaments. When not hosting teams from around the world, the 5000 seat stadium is home to the Glendale Raptors Men's DI and DII teams, the Glendale Raptors Women and Glendale Raptors U-19 Men teams.
4. Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Seating Capacity: 18,086, Opened: 2007
Dick's Sporting Goods Park was built by Kroenke Sports Enterprises to accommodate the MLS' Colorado Rapids, but has rapidly grown into a great venue for many events. Whether you go to see the MLS champion Rapids, rugby's Denver Barbarians or even the 40,000 person Mile High Music Festival, the 360-acre stadium and surrounding fields offers fans an opportunity to enjoy themselves in style.
3. Pepsi Center - Seating Capacity: 18.007 (NHL and NLL) - 19.155 (NBA), Opened: 1999
When the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche or Colorado Mammoth are in the playoffs there is no place in Denver you'd rather be than the Pepsi Center. The atmosphere inside "The Can" is enhanced with top-notch audio and visual effects and a set-up that lends itself to the frenetic nature of must-see sporting events. Also owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, in its short existence the arena has hosted the Stanley Cup finals, the NBA's Western Conference championship, the NLL's Western Division finals, as well as the 2008 Democratic National Convention and most every nationally touring musical act you can name.
2. Coors Field - Seating Capacity: 50,445 (standing room capacity of 51,267), Opened: 1995
It doesn't have to be Rocktober for you to enjoy yourself at Coors Field. On any summer evening, head on down to 21st and Blake and get ready for some fun. Whether you enjoy taking in Colorado Rockies baseball, a beer from the Sandlot microbrewery or any of the between innings scoreboard fun, Coors Field is a great place enjoy the sun, good baseball and time with friends or family. When you do head down make sure you notice that the 20th row of the upper deck is purple, this denotes that these seats are exactly one mile above sea-level.
1. Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium - Seating Capacity: 76,125, Opened: 2001
It really doesn't matter how the Denver Broncos are doing, Invesco is always rocking. As the marquee sports facility in the Rocky Mountain region, Invesco is filled with tradition. Whether it is Thunder running onto the field after Broncos scores or 70,000+ fans yelling "in-com-plete" after opposing teams misconnect on a pass, Invesco is the place to be on Sundays. It also serves as the home for major rock concerts and provided the setting for President Obama's acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
So if you plan on heading out to a game in Denver you have plenty of options. And always remember that if none of these fit your schedule, you can always come to Belleview Park in Englewood on summer Thursdays to see my softball team play.