Sports in Colorado

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Professional sports teams[edit]

The Colorado Rockies National League baseball club at Coors Field in Denver.

Colorado is the least populous state with a franchise in each of the major professional sports leagues. The state is able to support the teams because it contains a large metropolitan area with a higher population than any other city within 550 miles (885 km). Therefore, many of the residents in the surrounding states support the teams in Denver, as shown by the reach of the Broncos' radio network.[1]

Club Home First game Sport League
Denver Broncos Denver September 9, 1960 Football National Football League
Denver Barbarians Denver Spring 1967 Rugby Union Rugby Super League
Denver Nuggets Denver September 27, 1967 Basketball National Basketball Association
Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Springs June 18, 1988 Baseball Minor League Baseball (AAA)
Colorado Rockies Denver April 5, 1993 Baseball Major League Baseball
Colorado Avalanche Denver October 6, 1995 Ice hockey National Hockey League
Colorado Rapids Commerce City April 13, 1996 Soccer Major League Soccer
Colorado Mammoth Denver January 3, 2003 Lacrosse National Lacrosse League
Colorado Eagles Loveland October 17, 2003 Ice hockey ECHL
Denver Outlaws Denver May 20, 2006 Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse

Former professional sports teams[edit]

Club Sport League
Aurora Cavalry Basketball International Basketball League
Colorado 14ers (won championship in their final season of 2008–09; moved to Frisco, Texas and will resume play in 2010–11 as the Texas Legends) Basketball NBA Development League
Colorado Chill (folded along with the NWBL) Basketball National Women's Basketball League
Colorado Crossover Basketball International Basketball League
Colorado Crush (suspended operations with the AFL in 2009, and did not return after league's hiatus ended) Arena football Arena Football League
Colorado Rapids U23's Soccer USL Premier Development League
Colorado Rockies (NHL) (moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and became the New Jersey Devils) Ice Hockey National Hockey League
Colorado Xplosion (won the Western Conference Championship in inaugural season) Women's Basketball American Basketball League (1996–1998)
Colorado Springs Blizzard Soccer USL Premier Development League
Denver Grizzlies (moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, later moved to Cleveland, Ohio and became the Lake Erie Monsters) Ice Hockey International Hockey League (1945–2001)
Denver Spurs (moved to Ottawa, Ontario and became the Ottawa Civics for the rest of the team's existence) Ice Hockey World Hockey Association/Central Hockey League/Western Hockey League
Denver Dynamite (Inaugural AFL member; folded after four seasons) Arena football Arena Football League
Denver Gold (United States Football League member, 1983–1985) Football United States Football League
Denver Bears/Denver Zephyrs (moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and became the New Orleans Zephyrs) Baseball American Association/Pacific Coast League
Denver Racquets 1974 Champions (moved to Phoenix 1975) Tennis World Team Tennis
Rocky Mountain Rage Ice hockey Central Hockey League

College athletics[edit]

Other sports[edit]

The Unser family includes Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser, Robby Unser and Louis Unser, and have won the Indianapolis 500 among other motorsports events.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a major motorsports event held at the Pikes Peak roads. Notable drivers include Mario Andretti, Michèle Mouton, Walter Röhrl, Ari Vatanen, Nobuhiro Tajima, Stig Blomqvist, Sébastien Loeb and Romain Dumas in addition to the Unsers.

Meanwhile, the Pikes Peak International Raceway has hosted motorsport events including IndyCar Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Truck Series, AMA Superbike Championship and USAC Silver Crown Series.

The Cherry Hills Country Club has hosted professional golf tournaments such as the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women's Open and PGA Championship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "– Official Website Of The Denver Broncos". Denverbroncos.com. Retrieved 2010-07-30.