Tour of Denver Bronco's Mile High Stadium
September 1, 2015

We had to change our itinerary for several reasons. (Tours of the Denver mint, which I thought we would do, were book a month in advanced.) After making the latest changes it left us with a free day in Denver/Colorado Springs. Looking for something to do I found a tour which I knew Johnny would really appreciate. A tour of the Denver Bronco’s Mile High Stadium. When I asked his opinion his eyes seemed to sparkle and he quickly answered yes. I knew then that the stadium was much more important than the mint! It would be the perfect end to his trip.

The actual name of the stadium is Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The tour starts at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame which is located in the stadium. I estimated the drive from our campground in Colorado Springs to be about 45 minutes. I left extra early because the news reported a fatal accident in the north bound lane of I-25 was causing a major backup. By the time we got to where the accident was it was all cleared up and we arrived an hour early for our tour. So we spent that hour touring the Hall of Fame. I was surprised to see some of the names in the hall and what they did.

Arriving at the stadium.
As we approached the stadium we noticed the brown forms in the picture to Johnny’s left.

The first one I walked up to was Floyd Little. Johnny wanted to know who he was? He sure knows how to make a guy feel old!

I knew of Hal Irwin as a great golfer. But in college he was an all time great football player. He was an All-Big Eight Conference defensive back at Colorado University. He was named to its All-Century Team. He was also an Academic All-American.

I didn't know that Jack Dempsey grew up in a Colorado mining camp.

I knew of her great accomplishments in golf. But she was also an outstanding basketball and baseball player. She got her nickname “Babe” because of the “Ruthian” home runs she hit. She also won two gold and one silver medal at the 1932 Olympic Games.

We visited several different levels of Executive Suites. Here the tour guide is explaining the different levels, their costs, and how they are operated. All suites are sold out and are mostly passed down to family members.

The kitchen area in one of the suites.

Looking out of the suite at the playing field. There are several things to note at this time.
The large scoreboard (one of NFL's largest) and workers on the field applying the field markings.
Also notice the orange seats which ring the lower stands. The stadium was built to allow pro soccer to be played. The soccer field is larger than the football field. So…

The orange seats are on rollers and can be removed to allow for the larger soccer field.

It was interesting to see the different fixtures used to mark the field and how they are lined up to exact points.
If you look closely between the white dashes which they are applying, there is a white cord which is put down to mark the position for the fixture. They are marking the white dashes now. The next pass will be using the yellow cord to guide the fixture for the parallel yellow dashes.

The paved walkway around the field has the exact location for the cords.

Johnny taking a selfie of him touching the sacred field.

The game clock looks small on TV. But there is one of these behind each goal for the payers to see. The scoreboard is to cluttered for them to quickly look at.

The play clock is even larger.

They wash the scoreboard before every game.

This is the visiting players locker room. We were not allowed in the Bronco’s locker room.
But they did show us pictures of there carpet.

The room is divided between offensive and defensive squads. This is the offensive side.

This is a picture of the Bronco's locker room.

Johnny is waiting for a massage.

Time to ice down?

This is what the visiting team first sees when they enter the stadium.

This is the second thing they see!

One of the many areas which can be rented out for meetings or weddings.

We were shown one of several beer cold storage rooms which are located under the stands.
Each tap location has 4 beer taps. Two or more kegs seem to be daisy chained together for each label.

Only cans and bottles have to be carried to the point of sale.

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