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Mile High Stadium

Mile High Stadium

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Address 2755 West 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204-1789
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 1948
Date Closed 2001
Date Demolished January 2002
Ownership
(Management)
City and County of Denver
(Denver Parks and Recreation)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $500,000
Cost of Renovations $25 Million in renovations completed in 1977
Stadium Financing Renovations funded through bond issue.
Capacity 76,273
Price
(Mean)
$42, $36, $34, $25, $20
($35.83) - 1998
Baseball 76,123
Luxury Suites 77 Suites
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Denver Broncos
(NFL) (1960-2000)
Denver Bears / Zephyrs (AAA) (1948-1992)
Denver Gold
(USFL) (1983-1985)
Colorado Rockies
(MLB) (1993-1994)
Colorado Rapids
(MLS) (1996-2001)
Colorado Caribous
(NASL) (1978)
Denver Dynamos
(NASL) (1974-1975)
Population Base 2,300,000
On Site Parking 9,010
Nearest Airport Denver International Airport
Ring of Fame #7 John Elway
#7 Craig Morton
#12 Charley Johnson
#16 Jim Turner
#18 Frank Tripucka
#20 Louis Wright
#23 Goose Gonsoulin
#25 Haven Moses
#27 Steve Atwater
#36 Billy Thompson
#44 Floyd Little
#49 Dennis Smith
#53 Randy Gradishar
#57 Tom Jackson
#65 Gary Zimmerman
#70 Paul Smith
#77 Karl Mecklenberg
#87 Rich Jackson
#87 Lionel Taylor
Gerald H. Phipps

Championships 1st

XXXII
1997
2nd

XXXIII
1998

Sources: Mediaventures

Mile High Stadium

Mile High Stadium is the home of the Denver Broncos of the NFL and the Colorado Rapids of the MLS. The first phase of Mile High Stadium, originally named "Bears Stadium," was constructed in 1948 and included the existing lower level west and north stands only.

The south stands were added in l963 to accommodate the American Football League, Denver Broncos Football Team. In 1967 the City and County of Denver assumed ownership and management of the facility. In 1968 the upper deck was added to the west stands. In 1976 upper decks were added to the north stands and in 1977 the movable east stands were constructed.

"Constructed by the Howsam family on a rat-infested city dump west of downtown Denver, Bears Stadium was originally meant for baseball when it opened in August 1948. Not until December 1968 did it become Mile High Stadium, but since the Broncos' first game in 1960, Denver hasn't been the same since.

Broncos fans are so devoted that Mile High has been called the loudest outdoor arena in North America, which says something about how deafening a home game can be. For Denver fans, rooting for the Broncos is a religious experience, not a social occasion. If it's snowing, the visiting team might have as much to fear from snowballs thrown from the south stands as from John Elway's passes. Watching over the mayhem is Bucky the Bronco, the signature horse that has stood atop the south stands scoreboard since 1976; 30 feet tall and made of white fiberglass, Bucky was modeled after Trigger, the Roy Rogers horse of cinema fame. While Bucky might be the only one that doesn't mind Mile High's plumbing problems and too few restrooms, the fans put up with the aging stadium simply because of the electric atmosphere. In their eyes, Sundays at Mile High have no equal in the NFL."

As written by The Sports Staff of USA TODAY in "The Complete Four Sport Stadium Guide" for Fodor's Sports

Aerial View
Copyright 1997 by Aerial Views Publishing

BRONCOS TO BUY SUITES AT MILE HIGH
September 2, 1999
Copyright 1999 MediaVentures

The Denver Broncos hope to increase stadium revenue even before their new stadium opens by buying and reselling the luxury suites at Mile High Stadium. The suites are owned by Penthouse Suites, a limited partnership group from Connecticut, which bought them on a 21-year term from the Broncos in 1987 for $18 million. The sale was designed to bring the team cash it needed at the time.

By buying the suites back, the team becomes responsible for operating and selling the existing 57 suites and is in a position to handle the transition of suite holders from the current venue to the new stadium which is scheduled to open in 2002. The new stadium will have 106 suites leasing for $75,000 to $125,000. More than 75% of those suites have been leased and if strong sales continue, the team may add another 40 to the design. The suites hold 14 to 18 persons. The existing suites at Mile High Stadium sell for $40,000 to $80,000.

MLS RAPIDS CONSIDERING NEW STADIUM
September 2, 1999
Copyright 1999 MediaVentures

Add the Colorado Rapids to the list of Major League Soccer teams considering a stadium of their own. The team plays at Mile High Stadium which would be razed to make room for a new Broncos stadium. The team estimates it could build its own 30,000-seat venue for up to $50 million. By playing in its own venue, the team could get all revenue from the building.

Many MLS teams want to get out of the cavernous NFL stadiums in which they now play. They are also buoyed by the success of the Columbus Crew, which this year opened the first US stadium built exclusively for professional soccer. The Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York-New Jersey Metrostars are among the teams considering a soccer stadium.

The Rapids believe they could not only host soccer matches in the stadium, but they could also provide a home for some area colleges and high schools.

Mile High Stadium

Denver Broncos

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Stadium

Mile High
Stadium

1960-2001
Sports Authority
Field at Mile High

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

2002-Present

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1993-1994
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1995-Present


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