Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
DSG Park, Dick's, The Dick
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Location 6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022-4203 US
Coordinates 39°48′20″N 104°53′31″W / 39.80556°N 104.89194°W / 39.80556; -104.89194Coordinates: 39°48′20″N 104°53′31″W / 39.80556°N 104.89194°W / 39.80556; -104.89194
Owner City of Commerce City
Operator Kroenke Sports Enterprises
Capacity 17,424 (expandable to 19,680)[1]
26,000 (concert)
Field size 120 yds long x 75 yds [2]
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke ground September 28, 2005
Opened April 7, 2007
Construction cost $131 million
($149 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport[4]
Project manager ICON Venue Group[4]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[5]
Services engineer Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.[5]
General contractor Turner Construction[4]
Tenants
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2007-present)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park,[6] also known as DSG Park,[7][8] is a soccer-specific stadium located in Commerce City, in the U.S. state of Colorado; it is home to the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team. The stadium can seat up to 18,086 people, but may accommodate up to 26,000 for certain events. It became the third home venue for the Rapids upon its opening in 2007.

History[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] In November 2006, Dick's Sporting Goods signed a twenty-year deal for naming rights.[11]

The stadium opened with an intrasquad scrimmage open only to Commerce City residents and season ticket holders. The first official match was played against DC United on April 7, 2007, with the Rapids winning, 2-1. Herculez Gomez scored the first goal at the stadium.[12] 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.

The stadium is owned by Commerce City and operated by Kroenke Sports Enterprises (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.[13]

International soccer matches[edit]

Date Result Competition
August 22, 2007 Mexico Mexico 0-1 Colombia Colombia International friendly
July 13, 2008 Brazil Brazil 0-1 United States United States Women's friendly
November 19, 2008 Guatemala Guatemala 0-2 United States United States 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round
March 11, 2009 Mexico Mexico 5-1 Bolivia Bolivia International friendly
September 19, 2012 Australia Australia 2-6 United States United States Women's Victory Tour
March 22, 2013 Costa Rica Costa Rica 0-1 United States United States 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fourth Round

Other sports events[edit]

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 events[edit]

The venue grounds hosted the Mile High Music Festival annually from 2008-10. 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 capactity 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, and 2014. [4].

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pressbox.mlssoccer.com/sites/mlsdigitalpr.drupalgardens.com/files/Colorado%20Rapids%202012%20Media%20Guide.pdf#overlay-context=content/club-media-guides
  2. ^ "An A-Z Directory of Facility Services for our Guests". Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Mickle, Tripp; Muret, Don (May 21, 2007). "Site Makes Right for 2 Newest MLS Stadiums". Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "The 2007 Colorado Construction Gold Hard Awards". Colorado.construction.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Reidy, John. "I love the smell of napalm and soccer in the morning". AV Club. AV Club. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Portland, Colorado set for rematch at DSG Park". Fox News. September 4, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Denver and DSG Park as U.S. World Cup qualifier site; anyone got a problem with that?". NBC. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
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  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium Opening". Retrieved August 22, 2007. 
  13. ^ Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium FAQs". Retrieved August 22, 2007. 

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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 – present
Succeeded by
Sirrine Stadium