Super Bowl 50: Denver, The City behind the team

So tomorrow is the biggest sporting event in American, The Super Bowl, and this year its a big one, its the 50th.

The spectacle, which will be watched by 160 million worldwide, will take place in Santa Clara at the 49ers, Levi’s Stadium and after a long season were down to two teams, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

For us tea sippers over the pond in the UK the Super Bowl is becoming bigger and bigger by the year as the sport grows in this country aided by the International Series games in London. With that our knowledge of the game and the NFL as a whole.

So instead of boring you with the basics on how the games played and the usual facts on Super Bowl’s or even information on the two teams, I am going to give you Brits reading a bit of insight about the City behind the two teams competing.

So lets start with the home of the Broncos and Peyton Manning, Denver.

The capital of the middle America state Colorado, Denver is classed as both a City and a County and is the most populated place in Colorado with around 670,000 residents. It holds the nick name of ‘The Mile High City’ as its elevation is one mile above sea level, must have been a short meeting to sort that one out!


Located east of the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is well known for its outdoor activities and sports. As well as the Broncos it has three other major sports teams, making it the smallest metropolitan area to have a team in all four major sports.

We may as well discuss the Broncos first. Drawing crowds of over 70,000 regularly since their  origins in the early 60’s they have easily sold out every home game since 1970. They play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and have bough two Super Bowl championships home with them, 1998 and 1999.

Colorado Rockies compete in Major League Baseball and have played in Denver since their inception as an expansion franchise in 1993. They played at Mile High Field before the completion of their current home, Coors Field, in 1995. They’ve bought the world series to Denver just once, in 2007, where they lost to Boston Red Socks.

Next is the NBA, Basketball, and the Denver Nuggets who play at the world famous mammoth 975000 square footed, Pepsi Center in Denver. The Nuggets aren’t the most successful NBA side around but still compete, winning their Division every few years.

The Pepsi Center hosting NBA
The Pepsi Center hosting NBA

The Pepsi Center is also home to NHL, National Hockey League, and is the home venue for Colorado Avalanche who relocated to Denver from Quebec City in 1995. Since the move to Denver they have won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001.

Finally in 2007 Denver won an MLS franchise in the shape of the Colorado Rapids. They play at an 18000 seater, soccer purpose built stadium called Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids won the MLS in 2010.

So as you can see there is plenty to do for sports nuts in Denver, and what ever sport you like there is a decent standard you can attend near by.

Notable people from Denver include, Tim Allen, an actor who’s famous for playing the big man in The Santa Clause and voicing in Toy Story and Trey Parker who created South Park. The animated TV show is set in South Park, Colorado and Denver and the Rocky Mountains are a features heavily as well as the Denver Broncos.

Bronco's QB Peyton Manning on South Park being coached by "Randy Marsh"
Bronco’s QB Peyton Manning on South Park being coached by “Stans Dad”

So thats Denver a sports-mad, mile high, state capital which is rated one of the most popular places to live in America. Will the Broncos be returning from California with their third Super Bowl?

Part two will be published in the morning as we continue our build up to Super Bowl 50 and of course tomorrows post we look at Carolina, the home of NFC champions, The Carolina Panthers.

In the mean time check out the latest podcast for more NFL chat.

Matt Yates