Colorado Professional & College Sports
With every major league and professional sport being represented in Colorado, it truly is a sportsman's paradise. Colorado fans are very supportive of their teams and support them nationally.
The oldest of the bunch, the Denver Broncos NFL football team, won back-to-back superbowls in the 1990's after 3 dissappointing appearances during the 70's and 80's. The Broncos old home, the infamous 'Mile High Stadium,' was recently retired after several decades of service in favor of the new stadium, Invesco Field at Mile High. This is truly a first-class arena and is pictured to the right, above. Club seating, luxurious boxes, and new equipment for the press are just a few of the amenities. The team didn't move very far, since the stadium was built in the parking lot of the old Mile High Stadium.
The NHL's Colorado Avalanche, formerly the Quebec Nordiques, capitalized on their inaugural season in Colorado and produced a Stanley Cup in 1996. Their good fortune has continued as they have won 6 consecutive division titles up to and including the 2001 season. The 2001 season culminated in another Stanley Cup for the Avalanche against the New Jersey Devils in an exciting 7 game series. The Avalanche started playing at McNichols Arena, once the home of the Denver Nuggets. This lasted for two years until the completion of the Pepsi Center, located in lower downtown.
The Denver Nuggets, a decendent of the ABA, is one of only a handful of teams that made it into the Natoinal Basketball Association. Most of the ABA teams simply folded up. The Nuggets have been playing in Colorado for roughly 30 years. The Nuggets now find themselves at home in the new Pepsi Center and are looking to find national prominence once again.
Major League Baseball also finds a home here in Colorado. The expansion of the National League included the Florida Marlins and the Colorado Rockies in 1992. The following year the Rockies began to play at the old Mile High Stadium. The expansion team has enjoyed mild success including a leadoff homerun for the inaugural game, and several league attendance records. Two years later, in 1995, their new home was completed and they moved out of Mile High. Coors Field, the new home of the Colorado Rockies seats 50,100 with box seats, a club level, and many other amenities including an on site brewery. The ballpark cost $215 million and is truly a beautiful place.