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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
File:Dick's Sporting Goods Park logo.svg
Address6000 Victory Way
LocationCommerce City, Colorado
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OwnerCity of Commerce City
OperatorKroenke Sports & Entertainment
Capacity18,061 (soccer)[1]
27,000 (concert)
Field size120 yds long x 75 yds [2]
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 28, 2005
OpenedApril 7, 2007
Construction cost$64.5 million
($68.4 million in 2015 dollars[3]) [4]
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)[5]
Project managerICON Venue Group[6]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc.[7]
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid, Inc.[7]
General contractorTurner Construction[6]
Tenants
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2007–present)
Denver Dream (LFL) (2009)
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Dick's Sporting Goods Park,[1] also known as DSG Park,[2][3] is a soccer-specific stadium located in Commerce City, Colorado that is home to the Colorado Rapids men's professional soccer team. The stadium seats up to 18,061 people for soccer matches, but can accommodate up to 19,734 for special soccer events and 27,000 for concerts. It became the third home venue for the Rapids upon its opening in 2007. Sitting at just over 5,200 feet above sea level, the stadium has the highest elevation of any stadium regularly used by MLS teams.

HistoryEdit

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For their first eleven seasons, the Rapids played at Mile High Stadium (1996–2000) and Invesco Field at Mile High (2001–2006). In 2004, the club and city announced a $130 million project that would include youth soccer fields, retail development, and a new Commerce City civic center.[4] The total cost of stadium construction was $64.5 million. Commerce City voters agreed to $65 million bond for infrastructure improvements to support the stadium.[5] Construction began at the site, close to Denver's former Stapleton International Airport and bordered on the north and east by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, to the south by 56th Avenue, and to the west by Quebec Street, in fall 2005.[6] In November 2006, Dick's Sporting Goods signed a 20-year deal for naming rights.[7]

The stadium opened with an intrasquad scrimmage open only to Commerce City residents and season ticket holders. The first official match was played against D.C. United on April 7, 2007, with the Rapids winning, 2–1. Herculez Gomez scored the first goal at the stadium.[8] In the stadium's inaugural year, it hosted the 2007 MLS All-Star Game as the MLS All-Stars defeated Scotland's Celtic FC.

The Rapids played their first playoff game at DSG Park on October 28, 2010; a 1–0 victory over the Columbus Crew. Two weeks later, a crowd of 17,779 was in attendance as the Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes en route to their first-ever MLS Cup.[9]

The stadium is owned by Commerce City and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) who also own the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Mammoth, and who is a co-owner of English Premier League club Arsenal F.C. via subsidiary. The estimated cost of this project was $131 million, with investment shared equally between the city and KSE.[5]

International soccer matchesEdit

Men's matchesEdit

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Competition Attendance
August 22, 2007 Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico 0–1 Flag of Colombia.svg.png Colombia Friendly 17,000
November 19, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 2–0 22x20px Guatemala 2010 World Cup qualification 9,303
March 11, 2009 Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico 5–1 22x20px Bolivia Friendly 18,296
March 22, 2013 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 1–0 Template:Country data CRC 2014 World Cup qualification 19,374
September 9, 2014 22x20px Bolivia 0–1 Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico Friendly 18,136
October 3, 2015 Canada Canada U-23 2–2 22x20px Cuba U-23 2015 Olympic Qualifying 3,313
United States United States U-23 4–0 Template:Country data PAN Panama U-23
May 29, 2016 22x20px Brazil 2–0 Template:Country data PAN Friendly 11,000
June 8, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 2–0 22x20px Trinidad and Tobago 2018 World Cup qualification 19,188

Women's matchesEdit

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Competition Attendance
July 13, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 1–0 22x20px Brazil Friendly 15,071
September 19, 2012 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 6–2 22x20px Australia Friendly 18,589
June 2, 2016 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 3–3 Flag of Japan.svg.png Japan Friendly 18,572
September 15, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 3–1 22x20px New Zealand Friendly 17,301
April 4, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 5–3 22x20px Australia Friendly 17,264

Other sports eventsEdit

The stadium has hosted several high-profile rugby games. In 2009, it hosted several matches of the 2009 Churchill Cup, including the United States v. Georgia, Canada v. Argentina, and England v. Ireland.[citation needed] The Denver Barbarians of Rugby Super League have hosted occasional home matches at the stadium.[citation needed] In May 2009, the stadium hosted the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championships with the Michigan Wolverines defeating Chapman University 12–11 in overtime on the Division I side and University of St. Thomas beating the University of Dayton 16–11 in Division II.[citation needed]

The Denver Dream of the Lingerie Football League played their two home games at the stadium during their lone season.[citation needed]

The stadium held the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship during July 10–19, 2014.[citation needed]

On Friday March 22, 2013, Dick's Sporting Goods Park was the site of the World Cup CONCACAF 2014 qualifying match between Costa Rica and USA, a game played in blizzard conditions. Costa Rica filed a protest with FIFA due to field conditions when the United States won the game 1–0, but the protest was denied. The game has already been dubbed in football lore as "SnowClásico" for the conditions.[citation needed]

Music eventsEdit

The venue grounds hosted the Mile High Music Festival annually from 2008 to 2010. The first Mile High Music Festival saw attendance at approximately 40,000 people each day over the course of two days. By utilizing the open soccer fields surrounding the stadium and additional stages throughout the complex, the complex's total capacity was able to greatly exceed what the stadium could hold alone.

The rock band Phish has established a three-night residency at the venue over Labor Day Weekend, starting in 2011 and returning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. They have continued their appreciation and love for Dicks, with lead singer Trey Anastasio saying "We all love Dicks!"[4] [10]

Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Tour Tickets sold Revenue Additional notes
July 20, 2008 Dave Matthews Band Brett Dennen
Onerepublic
Rodrigo y Gabriela
John Mayer
2008 Summer Tour This concert was part of the Mile High Music Festival. LeRoi Moore did not play due to injury. This show was recorded and released as Live at Mile High Music Festival on December 16, 2008.[11]
August 15, 2010 Dave Matthews Band Drive-By Truckers
Jimmy Cliff
My Morning Jacket
2010 Summer Tour This concert was part of the Mile High Music Festival and was webcast live.[12]
August 23, 2013 Dave Matthews Band Snoop Dogg 2013 Summer Tour Due to severe thunderstorms in the area, the gates didn't open for the first show until 6:45. Snoop Dogg went on at 7:15, and DMB went on at 8:40.[13]
August 24, 2013
September 9, 2016 Luke Bryan Little Big Town
Dustin Lynch
Kill the Lights Tour 33,792 / 40,000 $2,926,618
September 10, 2016

References Edit

  1. Reidy, John. "I love the smell of napalm and soccer in the morning". AV Club. AV Club. http://www.avclub.com/denver/articles/i-love-the-smell-of-napalm-and-soccer-in-the-morni,25581/. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  2. "Portland, Colorado set for rematch at DSG Park". Fox News. September 4, 2012. http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/09/04/portland-colorado-set-for-rematch-at-dsg-park/. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. "Denver and DSG Park as U.S. World Cup qualifier site; anyone got a problem with that?". NBC. January 15, 2013. http://m.nbcsports.com/content/denver-and-dsg-park-us-world-cup-qualifier-site-anyone-got-problem. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium FAQs". http://www.dickssportinggoodspark.com/fan-guide/stadium-information/faqs/. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
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  8. Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium Opening". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110723113221/http://www.dickssportinggoodspark.com/Stadium/NewsDetails.aspx?NID=28. Retrieved August 22, 2007.
  9. "Archived copy". http://www.soccerchris.com/2010/11/14/mls-colorado-rapids-san-jose-earthquakes-1-0-highlights-and-quotes-video/.
  10. "Summer 2016" (in en-US). http://phish.com/tours/summer-2016/.
  11. "DMBAlmanac.com2". http://dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453056592&tid=98.
  12. "DMBAlmanac.com2". http://dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453056822&tid=110.
  13. "DMBAlmanac.com2". http://dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453057117&tid=120.

External linksEdit

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Invesco Field at Mile High
Home of the
Colorado Rapids

2007–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Texas Stadium
Host of the
Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Championships

2009–2011
Succeeded by
Sirrine Stadium

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