Exciting Live Sports in Colorado
Eight Must-Visit Sports Venues in Colorado
Across Colorado, you can find a wealth of exciting sports action. Hockey fans enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, while NBA fans have a great time cheering on the Denver Nuggets, and there's much more to discover across the state.
1. Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Opened in 2001, and home to the NFL's Denver Broncos, Sports Authority Field at Mile High is one of the most exceptional sports venues found in Denver. With a seating capacity of 76,125, Sports Authority Field at Mile High is also one of the biggest in the state.
Originally known as Invesco Field at Mile High, this stadium hosts all Broncos home games – the NFL season kicks off in September, and plays through to the Super Bowl which is usually held in early February. Local high schools also play their championship games here. At the stadium, you can also host an event at any one of the 132 executive suites. During the offseason, this stadium also hosts concerts.
The Pepsi Center Hosts Nuggets Games
2. Pepsi Center
One of the mainstays for Denver-area sports is the Pepsi Center. Home to the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, the Pepsi Center is rarely dormant.
Opened in 1999, the Pepsi Center is found in downtown Denver, just inland from the South Platte River. During basketball events, the Pepsi Center seats 19,155, while hockey and lacrosse matches see it host only 18,007.
See the Rockies in Action at Coors Field
3. Coors Field
Baseball fans, both local and visiting, often make their way to Coors Field, home of the MLB's Colorado Rockies. Another top destination for sports fans in downtown Denver, Coors Field is a true gem, seating 50,398 spectators.
Opened for the 1995 MLB season, Coors Field is known as a "home run-friendly park" due to its elevation – 5,200 feet. The baseball seasons starts up in March and plays through to the end of September, when the playoffs begin. Notably, the 1998 MLB All-Star Game was played at Coors Field.
4. Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Just northeast of downtown Denver, and a short drive from both Aurora and Brighton, Dick's Sporting Goods Park can be found. DSG Park, as it is more commonly known, is the official home of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids. DSG Park opened in 2005, and has a general seating capacity of 18,061, which can be expanded in certain cases to 19,680.
DSG Park hosts a number of concerts throughout the year – concert seating is maxed out at 26,000. Since it began serving the Commerce City area, DSG Park has hosted a number of important soccer matches – 2010 and 2014 World Cup qualifier matches, and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.
5. Magness Arena
See the Ice at Mangess Arena
Not all of the sports excitement in Colorado is tied to the professionals. Make your way to Magness Arena where you can catch University of Denver Pioneers basketball and ice hockey games.
Magness Arena is found on the University of Denver campus, just west of Interstate 25, and almost a direct shot east from nearby Lakewood.
Pioneers basketball games can see a max of 7,200 fans, while ice hockey matches top out at 6,315 fans. The Magness Arena opened in 1999, and is named after cable tv magnate, Bob Magness.
6. Folsom Field
Opened in 1924, Folsom Field was originally known as Colorado Stadium. Over the years, Folsom Field has seen more than a dozen renovations to expand the seating capacity. As of the 2015 college football season, a max of 50,183 fans could pack into Folsom Stadium.
7. Budweiser Events Center
Plan a stay in Loveland during your next visit to Colorado. Another top city in Colorado for hockey fans, Loveland is home to the Budweiser Events Center – this venue is home to the Colorado Eagles of the East Coast Hockey League.
Opened in 2003, the Budweiser Events Center seats 5,289 people for hockey matches, and 7,200 during concerts. This multi-purpose venue features 24 luxury suites and 777 club seats. It's also home to the Colorado Rush of the Indoor Football League, and the Colorado Lightning of the Professional Arena Soccer League.
Game Day at Sonny Lubick Field
8. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
For a truly exceptional college sports experience, make your way to Fort Collins in northern Colorado. Found just two miles from the Colorado State University campus, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is home to the CSU Rams.
The CSU Rams kick off their season, typically, in late August and play through the end of the year. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium seats 32,500 fans – though the record seating number stands at 39,107.
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium opened in 1968, and was simply known as Hughes Stadium until 2002. Famously, this venue is where Bob Dylan recorded an NBC television special in 1976.