Denver, CO. As far as local stadium tours go, the guided tour at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame ranks as one of the best in Denver. From views of the locker rooms to a chance to be on field level, take some time out of your day to view the most popular sports venue in Denver.
The tour begins in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame where you get the opportunity to walk around before the tour looking at athletes that are in the hall ranging from “Whizzer” White, Dave Logan and John Elway. The Hall chronicles their careers and accomplishments along with the history of many Denver sports teams. Our tour guide was Palm Tree Steve who was loaded with knowledge and an appreciation for local sports teams. Ironically he has season tickets to the Colorado Rockies that are two seats down from mine!
First stop in Mile High is a party suite. We ventured into one of the largest seating around 18 people and have regular stadium seats and a catering spot. There are shared bathrooms and a few small tube TVs. Steve told us the cost per game ranges from $9,000 to $12,000 depending on the team the Denver Broncos are playing. All AFC West teams will fetch the $12,000 cost along with teams like the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Next step was into a private suite. We happened to wander into the United Airlines suite which was HUGE. The private suites come with a full catered food selection along with a full bar with bartender. The seats in the private suites are leather and very comfortable. Two private bathrooms and flat screen TVs round out the amenities. A private suite will fetch anywhere from $90,000 to $175,000 per year and requires a 5-6 year commitment. Great for schmoozing clients or REALLY good friends.
Next up you get a tour of the enormous press box. For a big game you can probably get a couple hundred press members in the box. The press is treated to a catered lunch or dinner along with non-alcoholic drinks. Press members are not allowed to wear any clothing that has team logos or colors in the press box as they are supposed to be non-biased – that would be a tough one for me. We also were able to go into the broadcast booth where the TV personalities sit. A very dark and sound proof room that was very basic allowing for lights and cameras and not much else. Mile High is one of the few stadiums that has a direct HD feed from the press box.
The tour concludes with a tour of one of the beer keg rooms and a field level view. The keg room was impressive and on an average Broncos game they sell $1,000,000 in beer. That’s right – one MILLION dollars in one day. The field is very cool although you can’t go onto the field itself but you can get some really cool photos if you bring a camera.
Next time you have a day off or some free time take the tour and get some education about our favorite Denver stadium.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco