Sports in Denver

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Denver is home to many sports teams.

Denver's pro sports teams are illustrated in this building mural in 1995, just before the Avalanche of the NHL began play.

Major league professional sports teams[edit]

Denver is one of 12 U.S. cities with teams from four major sports.

The Denver Broncos of the National Football League have drawn crowds of over 70,000 since their AFL origins in the early 1960s at Mile High Stadium, and continue to draw fans today to their current home Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos have a sold out every home game (except for strike-replacement games) since 1970. The Broncos are the current American Football Conference champions, but lost Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks. In total, the Broncos have advanced to the Super Bowl seven times and won back-to-back titles in 1998 and '99. [dated info]

In the 1980s and 1990s, one of the top priorities of former Mayor Federico Peña was bringing Major League Baseball to the city. In 1993 MLB awarded an expansion team to Denver and they were named the Colorado Rockies. Mile High Stadium was home to the Rockies 1993-1995 while Coors Field was being built. They appeared in their first World Series in 2007 where they were swept by the Boston Red Sox in four games.

The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association play at the Pepsi Center. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA) but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. They changed its name to the Nuggets in 1974. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA-NBA merger. It has not made an appearance in an NBA Finals since joining the NBA.

Denver is home to the Colorado Avalanche, a National Hockey League team that relocated from Quebec City in 1995. They have won two Stanley Cups (1996 and 2001) while in Denver, and play at Pepsi Center.

The Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer play at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, a soccer-specific stadium in the Denver suburb of Commerce City. The Rapids were one of the ten founding teams of Major League Soccer that began play in 1996, and initially played at what was then known as Invesco Field at Mile High before moving into their current home in 2007. The Rapids won the MLS Cup in 2010. The Rapids' main rival is Real Salt Lake, and the two teams play every year for the Rocky Mountain Cup. Dick's Sporting Goods Park has also hosted several international soccer matches, including U.S. national team qualifying matches for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Club League Venue Attendance Titles Since
Denver Broncos NFL Sports Authority Field (2001–present) 76,872 2 (1998, 1999) 1960
Colorado Rockies MLB Coors Field (1995–present) 34,491 0 1993
Denver Nuggets NBA Pepsi Center (2000–present) 17,819 0 1967
Colorado Avalanche NHL Pepsi Center (2000–present) 15,444 2 (1996, 2001) 1995
Colorado Rapids MLS Dick's Sporting Goods Park (2007–present) 15,440 1 (2010) 1996
Sporting venues for major league teams in Denver, Colorado

Professional and semi-pro sports teams[edit]

Furniture Row Racing
Furniture Row Racing is a NASCAR team based in Denver and fields the #78 Chevrolet SS for Martin Truex, Jr. The team is owned and sponsored by the U.S. furniture store chain Furniture Row and is the only NASCAR team headquartered in Colorado.
Colorado Mammoth
The Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League is hosted by Pepsi Center. The Mammoth won NLL Championship in 2006.
Denver Outlaws
The Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Colorado Crush
The Colorado Crush were an Arena Football League is hosted by Pepsi Center. The Crush won Arena Bowl Championship in 2005.
Denver Dynamite
The Denver Dynamite of the Premier Arena Soccer League play at [[Miller Activities Center, Castle Rock

]].

Denver Bulldogs
The Denver Bulldogs are a United States Australian Football League team located in Denver that have won seven national championships.
Denver Barbarians
The Denver Barbarians are a Rugby Super League (US) team located in Denver founded in 1967. One of the original RSL teams they won the RSL Championship in 1999 in the RSL's third season.

College sports teams in the Denver metro area[edit]

Colorado Buffaloes
The CU Buffaloes are a member of the Pacific-12 Conference and are located in Boulder.
Denver Pioneers
The DU Pioneers are a member of The Summit League and are located in Denver.
Metro State Roadrunners
The Metro State Roadrunners are a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and are located in Denver.

Detailed information by team[edit]

Club League Venue Championship Since
Division Conference League
Denver Broncos AFL (1960–1969)

NFL(1970–present)

Mile High Stadium 1960-2000

Sports Authority Field at Mile High (2001–present)

AFL 0

NFL 10

AFL 0

NFL 6

AFL 0

NFL 2

1960
Denver Nuggets ABA (1967–1976)

NBA (1976–present)

Denver Coliseum (1964–1974)

McNichols Sports Arena (1975–1999)

Pepsi Center (2000–present)

ABA 3

NBA 5

ABA 1

NBA 0

ABA 0

NBA 0

1967
Colorado Rockies MLB Mile High Stadium (1993–1994)

Coors Field (1995–present)

0 1 0 1993
Colorado Avalanche NHL McNichols Sports Arena (1995–1999)

Pepsi Center (2000–present)

8 2 2 1995
Colorado Rapids MLS Mile High Stadium (1996–2001)

INVESCO Field at Mile High (2002–2006)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park (2007–present)

0 2 1 1996
Denver Dynamite PASL-Pro (2008-2010)

PASL-Premier

Denver Sports Center (2008–2010)

Westridge Recreation Center (2010-2011)

Apex Field House (2012–present)

0 0 0 2008
Colorado Mammoth NLL Pepsi Center(2003–present) 3 1 1 2003
Denver Outlaws MLL Sports Authority Field at Mile High (2006–present) 3 3 1 2006
Denver Pioneers NCAADivision I University of Denver Arena (1948–1998)

Magness Arena (1999–present)

Hockey 9 Hockey
Tournament
Championship 13

Final Frozen Four 14

28 NCAA
Championships
total

Hockey 7
Skiing 21

Denver Bulldogs USAFL Veterans Park (1999–present) Men Team 7

Women's Team 4

1999
Denver Wolverines USARL 0 0 0 2010

Past teams[edit]

Mile High Stadium was Invesco Field's predecessor.

Event hosting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exploratory Committee Formed For Denver 2022 Bid
  2. ^ GB Editor (January 14, 2010). "Reno-Tahoe 2022 Olympic Bid Gets "Shot In The Arm"". GamesBids.com. Retrieved 2009-01-20.