Sports in Colorado
Sports in Colorado include professional teams, college sports, and individual sports.
Professional sports teams
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.
|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
Colorado is home to five NCAA Division I schools, plus a number of additional schools competing at lower levels.
- The Air Force men's ice hockey team plays in Atlantic Hockey. The men's lacrosse team will play the 2015 lacrosse season as an independent before joining the Southern Conference for the 2016 season.
- Two high-profile DU teams compete as members of other conferences in sports that are not sponsored by The Summit League. The men's ice hockey team plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the men's lacrosse team plays in the Big East Conference.
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.
- "– Official Website Of The Denver Broncos". Denverbroncos.com. Retrieved 2010-07-30.