Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
DSG Park, Dick's, The Dick
Dick's Sporting Goods Park logo.svg
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Dicks Sporting Goods park during a game between the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy (November 2016)
Address 6000 Victory Way
Location Commerce City, Colorado
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 & Entertainment
Capacity 18,061 (soccer)[1]
27,000 (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 $64.5 million
($74.5 million in 2015 dollars[3]) [4]
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)[5]
Project manager ICON Venue Group[6]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[7]
Services engineer Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.[7]
General contractor Turner Construction[6]
Tenants
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2007–present)
Denver Dream (LFL) (2009)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park,[8] also known as DSG Park,[9][10] is a soccer-specific stadium located in Commerce City, in the U.S. state of Colorado; it is home to the Colorado Rapids men's professional soccer team. The stadium can seat up to 18,061 people for soccer matches, but may accommodate up to 19,734 for special soccer events and 27,000 for concerts. It became the third home venue for the Rapids upon its opening in 2007.

History[edit]

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), Dicks Sporting Goods Park has played host to several famous snow games.

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.[11] The total cost of stadium construction was $64.5 million. Commerce City voters agreed to $65 million bond for infrastructure improvements to support the stadium[12]. 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.[13] In November 2006, Dick's Sporting Goods signed a 20-year deal for naming rights.[14]

The stadium opened with an intrasquad scrimmage open only to Commerce City residents and season ticket holders. The first official match was played against D.C. United on April 7, 2007, with the Rapids winning, 2-1. Herculez Gomez scored the first goal at the stadium.[15] 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.[16]

The stadium is owned by Commerce City and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (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.[12]

International soccer matches[edit]

Men's matches[edit]

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Competition Attendance
August 22, 2007  Mexico 0–1  Colombia Friendly 17,000
November 19, 2008  United States 2–0  Guatemala 2010 World Cup qualification 9,303
March 11, 2009  Mexico 5–1  Bolivia Friendly 18,296
March 22, 2013  United States 1–0  Costa Rica 2014 World Cup qualification 19,374
September 9, 2014  Bolivia 0–1  Mexico Friendly 18,136
October 3, 2015 Canada Canada U-23 2–2 Cuba Cuba U-23 2015 Olympic Qualifying 3,313
United States United States U-23 4–0 Panama Panama U-23
May 29, 2016  Brazil 2–0  Panama Friendly 11,000
June 8, 2017  United States 2–0  Trinidad and Tobago 2018 World Cup qualification 19,188

Women's matches[edit]

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Competition Attendance
July 13, 2008  United States 1–0  Brazil Friendly 15,071
September 19, 2012  United States 6–2  Australia Friendly 18,589
June 2, 2016  United States 3–3  Japan Friendly 18,572
September 15, 2017  United States 3–1  New Zealand Friendly 17,301

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]

Wide angle shot of the stadium looking west

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, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They have continued their appreciation and love for Dicks, with lead singer Trey Anastasio saying "We all love Dicks!"[4]. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dickssportinggoodspark.com/media/3955/dsgp-fanguide-2016.pdf
  2. ^ "An A-Z Directory of Facility Services for our Guests" (PDF). Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 3, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2007/05/20070521/This-Weeks-News/Site-Makes-Right-For-2-Newest-MLS-Stadiums.aspx
  5. ^ Mickle, Tripp; Muret, Don (May 21, 2007). "Site Makes Right for 2 Newest MLS Stadiums". Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Mickle, Tripp; Muret, Don (May 21, 2007). "Site Makes Right for 2 Newest MLS Stadiums". Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "The 2007 Colorado Construction Gold Hard Awards". Colorado.construction.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Reidy, John. "I love the smell of napalm and soccer in the morning". AV Club. AV Club. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Portland, Colorado set for rematch at DSG Park". Fox News. September 4, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived August 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ a b Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium FAQs". Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived August 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ [3] Archived January 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "Stadium Opening". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2007. 
  16. ^ http://www.soccerchris.com/2010/11/14/mls-colorado-rapids-san-jose-earthquakes-1-0-highlights-and-quotes-video/
  17. ^ http://phish.com/tours/summer-2016/

External links[edit]

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 – 2011
Succeeded by
Sirrine Stadium