Broncos Stadium at Mile High, previously known as Invesco Field at Mile High and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and commonly known as Mile High, New Mile High or Mile High Stadium, is an American football stadium in Denver, Colorado, named Mile High due to the city's elevation of 5,280 feet (1,610 m). The primary tenant is the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). It opened in 2001 to replace Mile High Stadium and was largely paid for by taxpayers. Invesco paid $120 million for the original naming rights, before Sports Authority secured them in 2011.
Despite its sponsor's liquidation and closure in 2016, the Sports Authority name remained on the stadium for two years afterwards because of regulatory hurdles. Nevertheless, the Broncos announced on January 2, 2018 that the stadium's exterior signage would be removed. The stadium took on its current name on a temporary basis on June 20, 2018 after the city's stadium authority approved the change, hoping to resell naming rights.
|Broncos Stadium at Mile High|
Exterior view in 2014
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Location in Colorado
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Location in the United States
|Former names||Invesco Field at Mile High|
Sports Authority Field at Mile High (2011–2018)
|Address||1701 Mile High Stadium Circle|
|Location||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
|Owner||Metropolitan Football Stadium District|
up to 60,000 (concerts)
|Broke ground||August 17, 1999|
|Opened||September 10, 2001|
|Construction cost||$400.7 million|
($567 million in 2018 dollars)
Bertram A. Burton and Associates
|Project manager||ICON Venue Group|
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|Denver Broncos (NFL) (2001–present)|
Denver Outlaws (MLL) (2006–present)
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2002–2006)
Many fans opposed a corporate name and wished to retain the previous venue's name, "Mile High Stadium." The Denver Post initially refused to use the Invesco label and referred to it as Mile High Stadium for several years before changing its policy and adding Invesco to articles.
On August 16, 2011, the Metropolitan Stadium District announced Invesco would immediately transfer the naming rights to Englewood-based Sports Authority in a 25-year agreement worth $6 million per year. In August 2016, the Denver Broncos paid $3,601,890 to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District to purchase the naming rights to the stadium.
In 2016, several Colorado legislators attempted to pass a bill in the Colorado State Legislature that would require the "Mile High" moniker regardless of any naming rights deal, citing the large public contribution to the stadium's construction; the bill failed to pass out of a Senate Committee in May 2016.
The stadium is used primarily for American football games. It is the home field for Denver's National Football League 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 University Rams and the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes. It is also used for the CHSAA class 4A and 5A Colorado high school football state championship games, and has been used for the CBA Marching Band Finals.
In addition, it has been used for the Drum Corps International (DCI) Championships in 1977, 1978 & 2004 and the annual Drums Along the Rockies competition. It is also used for concerts, music festivals and other events, and was home to the city's Major League Soccer franchise, the Colorado Rapids, before that team built and moved into Dick's Sporting Goods Park in suburban Commerce City.
On June 23, 2018 England defeated New Zealand 36-18 in Rugby league.
The construction of the stadium marked the completion of a six-year sporting venue upgrade program in Denver, including the construction of Coors Field and of 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.
A home game tradition (carried over from the original Mile High Stadium) is the "Incomplete Chant." At Bronco home games, when the opposing team throws an incomplete pass, the stadium announcer will state "Pass thrown by [the opposing quarterback] intended for [the opposing intended receiver] is..." at which time the fans complete the sentence by shouting "IN-COM-PLETE!!".
The stadium has sold out every Denver Broncos' home game since its inception in 2001, extending the "sold-out" streak that began during the team's tenure at Mile High Stadium, where every home game had been sold out since 1970 (though due to NFL policy, local TV broadcasts of sold-out games did not start until 1973). In a tradition carried over from Mile High Stadium, the stadium's public-address announcer will give the final official attendance for the game, including the number of unused tickets; in response, Broncos fans "boo" the no-shows.
During the stadium's first years, in another tradition was carried over from Mile High, Broncos fans on one side of the stadium would chant "Go" and fans on the other side would respond "Broncos," back and forth chanting for several minutes. That tradition has since died out. Another long-term tradition is famed rowdiness of fans seated in the "South Stands," although this tradition has diminished significantly as well.
Finally, especially in the upper two decks, the fans create their own 'Mile High Thunder' (and warm themselves) by stamping their feet on the stadium's floors. The old Mile High Stadium was built with bare metal, and the 'Thunder' reverberated readily. The new stadium was built with steel floors to preserve this unique acoustic feature.
On December 21, 2012, the Broncos announced a $30 million renovation project prior to the start of the 2013 season, including a new high-definition LED video board on the stadium's south end zone that triples the size of the old video board.
In 2013, it was revealed that a Neil Smith Kansas City Chiefs jersey was buried somewhere near the 50-yard line by a couple of out-of-state contractors during renovations, despite Smith's play on the Broncos' Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII-winning teams. The curse the contractors hoped to create did not occur as the Broncos won another Super Bowl two years later, Super Bowl 50.
On September 10, 2001, the stadium hosted its first regular season NFL game, in which the 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.
The stadium has hosted several NFL playoff games. It hosted the 2005 AFC Divisional playoff game, in which Denver defeated the New England Patriots 27–13. The following week, it hosted the AFC Championship Game, which the Broncos lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34–17. On January 8, 2012, the stadium hosted its third NFL playoff game, an AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Steelers. The Broncos won in overtime, 29–23. On January 12, 2013, the stadium hosted its fourth NFL playoff game, an AFC Divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos lost to the Ravens 38–35 in double overtime.
On January 19, 2014, the Broncos defeated the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, 26–16 in front of 77,110 fans in attendance, advancing to their first Super Bowl since they began play in the new stadium.
On January 17, 2016, the Broncos defeated the Steelers in the AFC Divisional playoffs, 23–16 in front of 77,100, advancing to the AFC Championship Game for the 10th time in franchise history.
On January 24, 2016, the Broncos defeated the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, 20–18 in front of 77,100, advancing to Super Bowl 50, which they won two weeks later.
On July 26, 2014, Sports Authority Field at Mile High hosted a soccer match between Manchester United and A.S. Roma which was part of the 2014 International Champions Cup and Manchester United won the match 3-2.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|July 26, 2014||Manchester United||3–2||A.S. Roma||2014 International Champions Cup||54,116|
|June 19, 2019||Cuba||0–3||Martinique||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup||52,874|
|June 23, 2018||England||36–18||New Zealand||Rugby League International Federation||Rugby Challenge||19,320|
The stadium has held several concerts.
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|August 11, 2001||Eagles||—||An Evening With the Eagles||54,217 / 54,217||$4,837,465||The first concert at the stadium.|
|August 1, 2003||Metallica||Limp Bizkit
|Summer Sanitarium Tour||—||—|
|September 25, 2003||Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||—||The Rising Tour||35,679 / 37,500||$2,442,072|
|November 23, 2007||Fall Out Boy||Gym Class Heroes
Plain White T's
Cute Is What We Aim For
|Young Wild Things Tour||—||—|
|May 21, 2011||U2||The Fray||U2 360° Tour||77,918 / 77,918||$6,663,410||The show was originally to be held on June 12, 2010, but was postponed, due to Bono's emergency back surgery.|
|July 21, 2012||Kenny Chesney
|Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
|Brothers of the Sun Tour||50,020 / 50,020||$4,401,805|
|July 20, 2013||Kenny Chesney
|Eli Young Band
|No Shoes Nation Tour||47,895 / 49,103||$3,349,330|
|June 6, 2015||Luke Bryan||Florida Georgia Line
|Kick the Dust Up Tour||50,539 / 50,539||$3,642,005|
|August 8, 2015||Kenny Chesney
|The Big Revival Tour
Burn It Down Tour
|54,674 / 54,674||$5,279,591|
|June 7, 2017||Metallica||Avenged Sevenfold
|WorldWired Tour||51,955 / 57,027||$6,299,803|
|August 2, 2017||Guns N' Roses||Sturgill Simpson||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||41,445 / 44,806||$3,846,068|
|May 25, 2018||Taylor Swift||Camila Cabello
|Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||57,140 / 57,140||$7,926,366||Swift became the first ever female to have a concert at the Stadium. The show is also the highest grossing show at the stadium.|
|June 30, 2018||Kenny Chesney||Thomas Rhett
|Trip Around The Sun Tour||51,553 / 53,983||$4,442,006|
|August 4, 2018||Luke Bryan||Sam Hunt
|What Makes You Country Tour||51,756 / 60,328||$3,759,849|
|June 8, 2019||Garth Brooks||TBA||The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour||TBA||TBA|
|August 10, 2019||The Rolling Stones||TBA||No Filter Tour||TBA||TBA|
The stadium has hosted other sports events. The first football game held was the Rocky Mountain Showdown, when the University of Colorado Buffaloes defeated the Colorado State University Rams 41–14. On July 2, 2005, it hosted the 2005 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. In 2006, Major League Lacrosse placed the expansion Outlaws in Denver.
In August 1977, 1978 & 2004, it hosted the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships, and every July hosts Drums Along the Rockies, which is a major competition in the annual DCI summer tour.
On August 28, 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States here, moving the 2008 Democratic National Convention from 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.
The Denver Broncos Ring of Fame was created in 1984 by team owner Pat Bowlen to honor former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history. The names and years of service (and in most cases, jersey numbers) of the men inducted into the ring are displayed on the Level 5 facade of the stadium. There is no specific number of new members that may be chosen for induction in any given year; in many years, no new members were inducted.
|Inducted or Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame |
|Denver Broncos Ring of Fame|
|84||Shannon Sharpe||TE||1990–99, 2002–03||2009|
|21||Gene Mingo||RB, K, RS||1960–64||2014|
|–||Dan Reeves||Head coach||1981–92||2014|
|80||Rick Upchurch||WR, RS||1975–83||2014|
|—||Red Miller||Head coach||1977–80||2017|
While the Ring of Fame was carried over from the old stadium to the new, the names were re-ordered to separate the inductees who served the team during the pre-Pat Bowlen (the team's current owner and founder of the Ring) era from those who served during Bowlen's ownership. One of the most noticeable changes was the move of John Elway's name to the center of the ring, located directly between the goalposts of the north end zone.
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum opened in August 2001. It is located at Gate #1 on the west side of the stadium.
The 2018 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall.
After poor offensive statistics that resulted in a 5–11 record during the previous season, the Broncos hoped for improvement at the quarterback position, with the offseason signing of Case Keenum as well as the breakthrough of undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. Another rookie that made an impact was linebacker Bradley Chubb, who recorded 12 sacks following a slow start. However, for a third consecutive season, the Broncos scored 30 or more points only once, and midway through the season, longtime wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans.
Following a 3–6 start, the Broncos put together a three-game winning streak, with hopes of turning their season around and competing for a playoff spot. However, key late-season injuries to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ruptured Achilles tendon) derailed those hopes, sending the Broncos to a season-ending four-game losing streak and a 6–10 record — only a one-win improvement from 2017.
The Broncos missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971–1972 and back-to-back double-digit losses for the first time since 1966–1967, resulting in the firing of head coach Vance Joseph at the end of the season. Joseph posted an 11–21 record in his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach.
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Mile High Stadium
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Mile High Stadium
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Mile High Stadium
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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
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Drum Corps International
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The Mile High City
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|Conference championships (8)|
|League championships (3)|
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Championship seasons in bold
Drum Corps International World Championship host venues
Venues of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Venues of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Venues of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Former stadiums of Major League Soccer