The Mile High City prides itself on being one of the most active cities in the country. You will find Denverites working out in the city’s many parks, bike paths, and outside the city in the Rocky Mountains. But it isn’t just the residents of Denver who are known for being athletic. The city boasts five pro-sports teams and some of the most loyal sports fans in the nation.
Here are some basic facts about Denver’s pro sports teams so you can join the fun and catch a game or two:
Part of the NFL (National Football League), the Broncos are probably the city’s most famous team. Bronco fans are known for being particularly spirited: head to any sports bar in the city on a game day and you will find everybody dressed in orange and blue, the team colors. Famous Broncos include former quarterback John Elway, who is now the general manager of the team, and running back Terrell Davis. If you are lucky enough to see a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, you will experience one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. Due to the Colorado altitude, the Broncos are considered to have one of the best home-field advantages of any NFL team. The Broncos recently won the 2015 Super Bowl title, so now is a better time than ever to experience a game.
The Colorado Rockies are Denver’s baseball team. Although Rockies fans are not as intense and spirited as Broncos fans, the team has a special place in the hearts of many Denverites. Rockies official colors are purple, silver, black, and white and their mascot is “Dinger,” a purple dinosaur. First baseman and five-time all-star Todd Helton is the most beloved Rockie, having played his entire 17-year career for the team. It’s hard not to love an afternoon or evening spent watching a game at Coors Field: the Rockie’s home field is located right in downtown Denver with views of the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007.
The Colorado Avalanche is Denver’s professional hockey team. The “Avs,” as they are known to fans, are a consistently strong team, having won eight division titles in a row, the longest winning streak of its kind in the NHL. The Avs play in the Pepsi Center and home games are always packed with fans. Team colors are burgundy, steel blue, black, silver and white. Retired fan favorite Joe Sakic is considered the Av’s best player of all time, having led them to two Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.
The Denver Nuggets are Denver’s professional basketball team. The Nuggets made it to the NBA playoffs for ten consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013, but have yet to make it to a championship round as part of the NBA. Their team colors are blue and gold, and their mascot is Rocky the Mountain Lion. Hall-of-fame Nugget Alex English had his jersey retired in 1992.
The Colorado Rapids are Denver’s pro soccer team boasting an international roster with talent from Jamaica, England, Argentina, Africa, and Japan. The Rapids are one of the ten original charter clubs in the MLS, the professional soccer league in the United States founded in 1996. The official team colors are burgundy and sky blue. The home of the Rapids is Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a brand-new venue that opened its doors in 2007.
It doesn’t end here– Denver is also home to professional lacrosse and rugby teams. With so many teams, games and venues to choose from there’s no excuse not to catch a professional sports event while you are in Denver. Cheering for a local team is a great way to connect with new people, understand the culture, practice your language, and feel like you are a part of something. You can learn sports idioms and how to use them to take your love of sports to the next level. If you would like to experience life as a Denver sports fan, get started at BridgeEnglish Denver!