If you’re a sports fan, the Mile High City is the place you want to be. Denver is home to no less than six professional sports teams that thrill sold-out crowds year-round. Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby – Denver’s got it all, with some of the world’s best athletes on the rosters.
Denver's Pro Sports Teams
Denver's beloved Major League Baseball team, the Colorado Rockies play home games in the heart of downtown Denver at Coors Field, which offers the nostalgic feel of a classic ballpark mixed with state of the art technology. The season runs from April to September. See the team's schedule.
The enormous Empower Field at Mile High is where the NFL's Denver Broncos call home. Here in Denver, being a Broncos fan isn't just a hobby - it's a way of life. The team has won three Super Bowls, including Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning as quarterback. On game days, you'll see the city awash in the team's trademark orange, blue and white colors. The team is still best known for its league-dominating heyday with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (who now owns two acclaimed Mile High City restaurants with two other locations in Colorado). The season runs from September to January.
The NBA's Denver Nuggets rule the court at Ball Arena in downtown Denver. With a roster that includes big-name veterans and exciting up-and-comers, the Nuggets are truly one of The Mile High City's most exciting teams, year after year. The season runs from October to June. See the Nuggets' schedule.
Ball Arena is also the home of Denver's beloved hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche — the "Avs" to fans. With a powerhouse starting lineup leading the way, the team's solid presence in the NHL standings, and their home games are always packed with Avs fans — some of the most devoted (and vocal!) hockey aficionados in the U.S. The season runs from September to April. See the team's schedule.
Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids are based at the sprawling, high-tech Dick's Sporting Goods Park, which opened its doors in 2007. The Rapids are a force to be reckoned, with an international roster, featuring players from France, England, Africa, Denmark and Uruguay, not to mention plenty of homegrown talent. The season runs from March to October. See the team's schedule.
Lacrosse may not be as popular a professional sport as those mentioned above - not yet at least. Thanks to the Colorado Mammoth, lacrosse is gaining a fervent following in The Mile High City. The team is part of the growing National Lacrosse League and plays home games at Ball Arena, where they often attract crowds rivaling those of the Nuggets and Avalanche. The Mammoth took home the league championship in 2006. The season runs from December to April. See the team's schedule.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL TEAMS
DENVER BARBARIANS RFC
Rugby is a sport more often identified with the United Kingdom, but Denver has had a pro ("super league") rugby club for more than 40 years (established in 1967). The Denver Barbarians (known as the Barbos) competes against 15 other club teams from all over the United States, the highest level of competitive rugby play in the country. Head to the new Dick's Sporting Goods Park to catch the club in all their rough-and-tumble glory. The season runs from February to May. See the Barbarians' schedule.
Sports Attractions & Tours
"Behind the Seams" tours of Coors Field are available Monday through Saturday during the season and then Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the offseason and provide a behind-the-scenes look at one of the premier ballparks in Major League Baseball. All tours begin at Gate D (20th & Blake Street). Tours last 75-80 minutes and cover a distance of approximately one mile. All tours are accessible for guests with disabilities. Also, don't miss the Sandlot, a brewery in Coors Field that is open year-round.
COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Come see the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, a free museum honoring Colorado sports legends. Open most Thurs.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Also visit Empower Field at Mile High. Tours begin each half hour and are 75 minutes in length. This is your chance to see the 'back of the house" where the Broncos play. Adults $20, children and seniors $15, and groups $10.
Come to Ball Arena for an All Access VIP Tour! See where the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Mammoth call home, plus have backstage access to where the big names in music have performed. Learn about how the venue converts from hockey ice to basketball court and how it successfully hosts more than 225 different events each year.
NATIONAL BALLPARK MUSEUM
Recognized as one of the finest baseball collections in the world. Highlights at the National Ballpark Museum include a tribute to Colorado baseball history, seats from the classic ballparks, one-of-a-kind baseball artifacts, autographed jerseys, baseballs, uniforms and bats. Take a personalized tour led by Curator Bruce Hellerstein.