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Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports authority field logo.jpg
Former namesInvesco Field at Mile High (2001-2011)
Location1701 Mile High Stadium Circle
Denver, Colorado 80204-1701
OwnerDenver Metropolitan Football Stadium District
OperatorStadium Management Company
Capacity76,125 (football)
up to 50,000 (concerts)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Broke groundAugust 17, 1999
OpenedSeptember 10, 2001
Construction cost$400.7 million
($497 million in 2022 dollars[1])
Fentress Architects
Bertram A. Burton and Associates
Project managerICON Venue Group[2]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[3]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractorTurner/Empire/Alvarado[3]
Denver Broncos (NFL) (2001–present)
Denver Outlaws (MLL) (2006–present)
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2001–2006)
Democratic National Convention (2008)
Rocky Mountain Showdown

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, previously known as Invesco Field at Mile High, and commonly known as Mile High, is a multi-purpose 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 claimed the naming rights on August 16, 2011.[5]

Naming rights controversy

Many fans opposed a corporate name and wished to retain the previous venue's name, "Mile High Stadium."[6] The Denver Post initially refused to use the Invesco label and referred to it as Mile High for several years before changing their policy and adding Invesco to articles.

On August 16th, 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 dollars per year.


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.


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 (carried over from the original Mile High Stadium) 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 (though due to NFL policy, local TV broadcasts did not start until 1973). Another tradition carried over from Mile High Stadium is during halftime or towards the end of the game, the stadium's PA 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.

Notable events

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The field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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The main entrance of the stadium, when it was known as Invesco Field at Mile High.

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The south endzone as it looked during the final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Satellite view of stadium

The first event held was a concert by the Eagles.

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 September 10, 2001, it hosted its first regular season 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.

On August 1, 2003, Metallica played to a sold-out crowd of almost 100,000 people.

In August 2004, it hosted the Drum Corps International Division I World Championships.[7]

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.

It hosted the 2006 AFC Championship Game, which the Broncos lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34–17. The previous week it hosted the AFC Divisional Playoff, in which Denver beat the New England Patriots 27–13.

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 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 the 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.[8][9][10][11]

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.

U2 performed on May 21, 2011, during their 360° Tour. The show was originally to be held on June 12, 2010, but was postponed, due to Bono's emergency back surgery.

On January 8, 2012, Sports Authority Field at Mile High hosted its third NFL Playoff game, an AFC Wild Card Weekend match against the Pittsburgh Steelers (now known as the 3:16 game). The Denver Broncos won in overtime, 29-23.

Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

* 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 (the team's owner and founder of the Ring) 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.[13]

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


  1. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  2. Sports Authority Field at Mile High ICON Venue Group
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Inside the Construction of Invesco Field at Mile High". SportsBusiness Journal. September 3, 2001. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  4. M-E Engineers, Inc. - Projects
  5. (August 16, 2011). "INVESCO Field to become Sports Authority Field at Mile High". Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  6. Favre, Gregory E. (August 10, 2006). "A Mile High Controversy". Retrieved September 25, 2006.
  7. "Drum Corps International Past Champions and Locations".
  8. "Obama Accepts Democrat Nomination". BBC News (BBC). August 29, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  9. "Obama Greeted By Screaming Crowd at Stadium". Associated Press. August 28, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  10. Lloyd, Robert (August 29, 2008). "Barack Obama, Al Gore Raise the Roof at Invesco Field".,0,3593116.story. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  11. Wangsness, Lisa (August 29, 2008). "Some Saw Spectacular, Others Just Spectacle". Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  12. Denver Broncos website
  13. Ringo, Kyle. "Kickoff: Birth of a Stadium". Archived from the original on July 22, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2006.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Mile High Stadium
Home of the
Denver Broncos

2001 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mile High Stadium
Home of the
Denver Outlaws

2006 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mile High Stadium
Home of the
Colorado Rapids

2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Preceded by
Citrus Bowl
Host of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship

Succeeded by
Gillette Stadium
Preceded by
Host of the
Democratic National Convention

2008 (final night)
With: Pepsi Center
Succeeded by
Time Warner Cable Arena
Bank of America Stadium (final night)
Preceded by
Heinz Field
Host of AFC Championship Game
Succeeded by
RCA Dome

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