The Denver Broncos, an integral part of Denver’s professional sports scene since 1960 and one of the most popular National Football League teams, play home games at Empower Field at Mile High, where tickets have been sold out since 1970.
The Broncos are no strangers to the championship stage, having won three Super Bowls and appeared in eight. Here’s how you can experience the magic.
Empower Field at Mile High was designed to honor the unique characteristics of the original Mile High Stadium, the Broncos home for 41 years and one of the most storied and beloved stadiums in NFL history. Empower Field, designed in the Broncos legendary and traditional horseshoe shape, stands less than 50 feet from the site of the original Mile High Stadium at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level, a characteristic known around the globe.
There are unobstructed views for 76,125 fans on five levels of seating, including 8,200 club seats and 144 luxury suites. The 13,500 tons of steel-tread risers and a severely pitched seating bowl allow Broncos fans to recreate a hallmark of Mile High Stadium, a metal clamor known as “Rocky Mountain Thunder.”
Equally impressive is the team’s mascot, Thunder, a white purebred Arabian gelding that canters from one end zone to the other following every Broncos touchdown.
Nobel Energy Sports Legend Mall: On the south end of the stadium, this grand lawn area is the location of a variety of interactive activities, music and a beer garden for fans to enjoy during Broncos games.
Ring of Fame Plaza: Located adjacent to the Broncos Horse Fountain outside the stadium, just behind the main south scoreboard, the plaza incorporates 38-foot steel monuments in honor of each of the Broncos Ring of Fame inductees.
Mile High Monument: Located in parking lot J, where the old stadium once stood, Mile High Monument is one-eighth the size of the original and seats 241 people, with 165 seats repurposed from the original stadium. Two hours prior to kickoff of every regular-season game, there is a free Monumental Fun Fest & Gameday Preview that features a performance by the Broncos Cheerleaders and Stampede Drumline along with a meet and greet opportunity with Miles the Mascot and a breakdown of what to expect on the field that day led by Broncos Ring of Famers.
Bud Light Rooftops: With entrances across from sections 511 (West) and 537 (East), the rooftops offer lounge-like settings compete with TVs, phone chargers, heated high tops and great views. Access is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase.
Public Transportation: RTD offers convenient and inexpensive public transportation options to and from the stadium.
Broncos Ride – Shuttles transport fans to the stadium from local park-and-ride lots throughout the metro area. Buses depart park and rides one to 2.5 hours prior to kickoff and meet passengers in Lot A outside of Gate 9 for the return trip.
Federal Shuttle – This shuttle stops at Lincoln High School (2285 S. Federal Blvd.) and bus stops along Federal Boulevard and drops off and picks up at the South Lot of the stadium. It operates every five to 10 minutes (starting two hours prior to kickoff on weekend game days and one and a half hours before kickoff on weekday game days) until 10 minutes after kickoff, and service resumes immediately following the game.
Light Rail – On game days, the C, E and W rail lines stop at the Empower Field at Mile High Station and the W rail line stops at Decatur-Federal Station (both stations are an eight-minute walk to the stadium). Fans also can take the D or H lines and transfer to the C or E lines at I-25 & Broadway, Alameda or 10th & Osage stations.
Bike: The stadium can be accessed directly via the South Platte Trail. There are more than 354 on-site bike racks for securing the bikes when on-site, and the Broncos Bike Valet is a free service available for fans on the north side of the stadium located adjacent to parking lot J and outside of Gate 4.
Trolley: Denver Trolley’s popular Football Shuttle runs frequent roundtrips from the Confluence Park Trolley stop behind REI (1416 Platte St.) to the Broncos Bridge Trolley stop under Interstate 25, about 100 yards east of the stadium.
Taxi: A taxi stand is located outside the stadium on Bryant Street, along the pedestrian walkway outside of the Gate 5 area on the northeast corner of the building.
Ride Share: After the game, head to the west side of the stadium to the rideshare pickup location at 17th and Federal Boulevard (near the Sports Fan Building).
There are about 6,500 parking spaces on-site at the stadium and 15,000 additional spaces in independent parking lots near the stadium area. The Pepsi Center and Auraria Campus, east of I-25 and a 10-minute walk to the stadium, provide the largest inventory of spaces. Parking on neighborhood streets surrounding Empower Field at Mile High is prohibited.
One of many people’s favorite experiences when attending college and pro football games is tailgating, and Denver Broncos games are no exception. Fans are encouraged to tailgate in stadium parking lots and must break down their tailgates 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Broncos official pre-game tailgate party takes place in Mile High Mountain Village and is free for all fans with a game ticket. Fans can gain early entry into the stadium at Gate 4 to catch a glimpse of pre-game player warm-ups and enjoy food and drink specials.
Pre- and Post-Game Hangouts
Little Machine Beer is a brewery and taproom right by the stadium. Diverse craft brews are served up in an industrial setting. Check the online schedule of events to see which food truck will be on site. Empower Field at Mile High is just over 2 miles from downtown Denver, making it the most popular place to gather before and after games.
Where to Watch Football in Denver
Don’t want to pony up for a ticket or sit outside? Feel the energy of Broncos fans walking around downtown before the game and pull up your own seat at places like Stoney’s Bar and Grill, a locally owned, Colorado-themed sports and music bar. Thirty HD TVs and two 120-inch projectors and a fun vibe ensure it’s a great place to join friends and fans of various sports teams.
Brothers Bar & Grill is two blocks from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and is a family-friendly place featuring a spacious patio with fire pit, one of the area’s largest tap beer selections, 26 HD-TVs and a scratch kitchen menu.
Like Brothers, Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop is located on Market Street downtown, offers great views of the city and mountains, and terrific meals, snacks and beverages. Viewhouse also has locations in Littleton and Centennial featuring huge TVs that help draw football and all sorts of sports fans.
Blake Street Tavern, a sports bar and grill, also is a fan favorite downtown with 65 4K ultra HDTVs.
Denver Milk Market, a food hall located on downtown’s Dairy Block, erects big screens every weekend to show college and Broncos games.
There are plenty of great Colorado college games to feed the state’s football spirit, but not much of it happens in Denver. Instead, head to the nearby communities of Boulder to see the University of Colorado Buffaloes in action, Fort Collins to catch the Colorado State University Rams, and Golden to take in a Colorado School of Mines Orediggers game.
Blake Street Tavern and Stoney’s Bar and Grill are home to several active college alumni groups, so join with fellow fans in cheering on your teams playing many miles away.