Invesco Field at Mile High

Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name = Invesco Field at Mile High
nickname = Invesco Field/Mile High Stadium


location = 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle
Denver, Colorado 80204-1981
broke_ground = 1999
opened = 2001
closed =
demolished =
owner = Denver Metropolitan Football Stadium District
operator = Stadium Management Company
surface = Grass
construction_cost = $364.2 million
architect = HNTB
former_names =
tenants = Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2001-2006)
Denver Broncos (NFL) (2001-present)
Denver Outlaws (MLL) (2006-present)
Rocky Mountain Showdown
Democratic National Convention (2008)
seating_capacity = 76,125

Invesco Field at Mile High is a stadium in Denver, Colorado. Invesco Field at Mile High replaced the identically sized, but commercially obsolete Mile High Stadium (named for the fact that Denver is exactly one mile above sea level) in 2001. The Stadium is famous as the home of the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Naming rights controversy

Many fans opposed a corporate name and wished to retain the previous venue's name, "Mile High Stadium." [cite web |url=http://www.poynter.org/dg.lts/id.5015/content.content_view.htm |title=A Mile High Controversy |author=Gregory E. Favre |date=August 10, 2006 |accessdate=2006-09-25] "The Denver Post" initially refused to use the Invesco label and referred to it as Mile High for several years before changing their policy and adding INVESCO to articles. Post columnist Woody Paige created more controversy when he revealed that Invesco officials referred to the stadium as "the Diaphragm," a reference to its shape resembling that of a birth-control device.

Usage

Invesco Field at Mile High is used primarily for football games. It is the home field for Denver's NFL team, the Denver Broncos. The stadium also hosts the city's Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws. In college football it has hosted the rivalry game between the Colorado State Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes. Invesco Field at Mile High is also used for concerts and other events. It was the former home of the city's Major League Soccer franchise, the Colorado Rapids.

Location

Invesco Field at Mile High marks the completion of a six–year sporting venue upgrade program in Denver, including Coors Field and the Pepsi Center. As with the other venues, the stadium was constructed to be easily accessible. It sits along Interstate 25 near the Colfax Avenue and 17th Avenue exits. It is also bordered by Federal Boulevard, a major Denver thoroughfare, on the west side. A dedicated light rail station also serves the stadium. The stadium is located in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

tadium culture

A home game tradition (carried over from the original Mile High Stadium) is the "Incomplete Chant". At Bronco home games, when the opposing team has an incomplete pass, the announcer will say "And the pass is ..." to which the fans respond "in-com-plete!", followed by a muted trumpet sound effect.Fact|date=July 2008

Notable events

The first ever event at the new stadium was a concert by the rock group Eagles.Fact|date=September 2008On September 10,2001 Invesco Field at Mile High hosted its first regular season game, in which the Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants 31–20. In a pre-game ceremony Broncos legends John Elway, Steve Atwater, Randy Gradishar, Haven Moses, Billy Thompson, Floyd Little, Dennis Smith, and Karl Mecklenburg helped to "Move the Thunder" from the old Mile High Stadium to the new home of the Broncos.Fact|date=September 2008

On August, 3, 2003 Heavy Metal Band Metallica played to a sold out crowd of almost 100,000 people.

In August 2004 the stadium hosted the Drum Corps International Division I World Championships.Fact|date=September 2008

On July 2, 2005 Invesco Field at Mile High hosted the 2005 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. In 2006, Major League Lacrosse placed the expansion Outlaws in Denver.Fact|date=September 2008

On January 23rd, 2006 Invesco Field at Mile High hosted the AFC Championship game.

On October 29th, 2007, a record crowd of 77,160 watched the Broncos lose to the Green Bay Packers 19-13 on Monday Night Football.

On August 28, 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States at Invesco Field, moving the 2008 Democratic National Convention from the Pepsi Center. Approximately 84,000 people attended Obama's speech, exceeding the normal capacity of the stadium due to the placement of audience on the field. [cite news |title=Obama accepts Democrat nomination |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7586375.stm |work=BBC News |publisher=BBC |date=2008-08-29 |accessdate=2008-08-29 ] [cite web|url=http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ifKB19ybvy7awq-_PZgkHUerrDBgD92RLNVG1 |title=Obama greeted by screaming crowd at stadium |publisher=The Associated Press|date=2008-08-28|accessdate=2008-08-29] [cite web|url=http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-na-tvcritic29-2008aug29,0,3593116.story |title=Barack Obama, Al Gore raise the roof at Invesco Field |publisher=Los Angeles Times|first=Robert|last=Lloyd|date=2008-08-29|accessdate=2008-08-29] [cite web|url=http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/08/29/some_saw_spectacular_others_just_spectacle/ |title=Some saw spectacular, others just spectacle
publisher=The Boston Globe|first=Lisa|last=Wangsness|date=2008-08-29|accessdate=2008-08-29
]

Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

* Quarterback John Elway (1983-1998), 1999 Inductee
* Safety Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin (1960–1966), 1984 Inductee
* Linebacker Randy Gradishar (1974–1983), 1989 Inductee
* Defensive End Rich Jackson (1967–1972), 1984 Inductee
* Linebacker Tom Jackson (1973–1986), 1992 Inductee
* Quarterback Charley Johnson (1972–1975), 1986 Inductee
* Running Back Floyd Little (1967–1975), 1984 Inductee
* Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg (1983–1994), 2001 Inductee
* Quarterback Craig Morton (1977–1982), 1988 Inductee
* Wide Receiver Haven Moses (1972–1981), 1988 Inductee
* Former Owner Gerald H. Phipps, 1985 Inductee
* Safety Dennis Smith (1981–1994), 2001 Inductee
* Defensive End Paul Smith (1968–1978), 1986 Inductee
* Wide Receiver Lionel Taylor (1960–1966), 1984 Inductee
* Defensive Back Bill Thompson (1969–1981), 1987 Inductee
* Quarterback Frank Tripucka (1960–1963), 1986 Inductee
* Kicker Jim Turner (1971–1979), 1988 Inductee
* Cornerback Louis Wright (1975–1986), 1993 Inductee
* Tackle Gary Zimmerman (1993–1997), 2003 Inductee
* Free Safety Steve Atwater (1989–1998), 2005 Inductee
* Running Back Terrell Davis (1995–2001), 2007 Inductee [ [http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=147 Denver Broncos website] ]

While the ring of fame was carried over from the old stadium to the new, the names were re-ordered to segregate the pre-Pat Bowlen (the team's owner and founder of the Ring) era and the post-Bowlen era. One of the most noticeable changes was the move of John Elway's name to the center of the ring, in-between the goalposts of the North endzone. [cite web |url=http://www.denver-rmn.com/invesco/bowlen.shtml |title=Kickoff: Birth of a Stadium |author=Kyle Ringo |accessdate=2006-11-30]

References

External links

* [http://www.invescofieldatmilehigh.com/ Official Invesco Field at Mile High Website]

succession box
title = Home of the
Denver Broncos
years = 2001 – present
before = Mile High Stadium
after = current
succession box
title = Home of the
Colorado Rapids
years = 2002 – 2006
before = Mile High Stadium
after = Dick's Sporting Goods Park
succession box
title = Host of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship
years = 2004
before =Citrus Bowl
after = Gillette Stadium
succession box
title = Host of the
Democratic National Convention
years = 2008 "(Final night)"
before = FleetCenter
after = TBD


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