Invesco Field at Mile High is one of the newest NFL stadiums. Located in Denver, Colorado, this stadium has been home to the Denver Broncos since it opened in 2001. This is also the home field of the Denver Outlaws, the city's professional lacrosse team. Until 2006, the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team also played there.
Invesco Field is located on the old site of the Mile High Stadium. Some fans still oppose to the site being renamed, and many newspapers in the area referred to the stadium by the old name for a long time after it was corporately named. The construction project, which cost over $364 million to build, was part of a project to upgrade all of the sports facilities in the city, including Coors Field. The goal of the design and the construction around the area in Sun Valley was to make it easier for fans to get to Invesco Field.
Most sports stadiums have an inaugural game as the first event, but the first event to happen at Invesco Field was a concert by the Eagles. The first game was help there in September, when the Broncos played the New York Giants. Other notable events held at this stadium included the 2006 AFC Championship game and Barack Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
There are a number of special features at Invesco Field that makes the facility unique. First, there is a large sculpture at the southern end of the stadium that was given as a gift from Pat Bowlen and the entire Bowlen family. The sculpture, which also includes a water feature, was created by Sergio Benvenuti and has five broncos, a mare, and a colt.
The stadium also has the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, which was also first started by Pat Bowlen. This feature was started at the Mile High Stadium and moved to Invesco Field to help honor past Broncos players and staff who have made a huge difference in the program. Some of the members of the Ring of Fame include John Elway, Charley Johnson, Gerald H. Phipps, Jim Turner, Lionel Taylor, Austin "Goose'' Gonsoulin, Paul Smith, and Frank Tripucka. The Ring of Fame is located on the Upper Level.
There are suites on two different levels of Invesco Field - the Plaza Level and the Suite Level. There are Executive Suites or Party Suites that fans can enjoy if they want an enhanced experienced at a game. In addition, there are Club Seats available, which are the same as regular seats, but larger and more comfortable with cup holders. Those with Club Seats also have access to two private lounges. Fans can also join the Mile-Hi Stadium Club, which gives members a private club lounge, the best seats for games, and access to the stadium before and after the game.
The field at this stadium is natural, made up of Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass. The playing surface has an underground suction system called Sub-Air, which drains the field during rainy weather and heats the field in the winter through a hot water system. Fans who want to see this and the other features of Invesco Field can book a tour of the facility to learn more.