STADIUM ELEVATION

A sign above the visiting locker room entrance at Sports Authority Field at Mile High reads: “ELEVATION 5,280 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL.”

For visiting teams, coming to a an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level to play a football game presents numerous physical and mental challenges that are always part of an opponents game plan.   

The human body performs at maximum efficiency in sea-level air, where the concentration of oxygen is 20.9 percent. The higher you climb, the lower that number gets. For athletes experiencing a 5000+ change in elevation, the high altitude environment of Sports Authority Field can be difficult to adjust to. 

While it may be scientifically proven that the human body behaves differently at higher elevations than at sea level, NFL coaches and players disagree as to the true impact of the elevation when it comes to Broncos home games and the home field advantage the Broncos have enjoyed for so many years.  

“Honestly, the altitude does play a difference,” former Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips said. “But, after you have played a couple quarters and blown your lungs out a little bit, you’re usually good after that.”   Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis however says it’s “not that big of an issue.”

While opinions about the altitude may vary, the mile high elevation where Sports Authority Field resides remains as one of the most internationally recognized characteristics of any sports venue in the world. 
 
This webpage is a collection of news reports and video clips regarding the elevation of Sports Authority Field at Mile High and debating its impact..


1/11/90:  Browns Lie Low for High Altitude Game

10/10/12:  Sports Authority Field at Mile High – #5 ESPN Ranking as Toughest Venue in NFL

Physical Science and You or Why Denver is Different

9/14/13:  Dealing with Denver Elevation, Ravens Following Same Plan as Playoffs

9/25/13:  Mile High Advantage

 9/26/13:  Breaking Down the Mile High Advantage of Denver vs. the Eagles

1/9/13:  Denver Broncos Have True Home Field Advantage Against Ravens – High Elevation

1/10/13:  The Science Behind Denver’s Altitude Effect

11/30/12:  What’s the Truth About the Altitude Effect

10/24/13:  The Mile High Effect

11/19/14:  Dolphins say Altitude Won’t Help the Broncos

3/9/11:  Rams Will Battle Broncos & Altitude
Oct 2012:  Denver’s Advantage a Mile High

May 2014: Broncos Rookies Exhausted by High Altitude During Camp

Jan 2013:  Will Higher Altitude Be A Problem?

Sep 2014: Mile High Match Up – Altitude Adjustment

Jul 2014: Manchester United Manager Whines About Denver’s Altitude & Heat

Jan 2013:  Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Sickle Cell at Mile High Explanation

Jan 2013:  An Altitude Adjustment

Jan 2014:  Denver a Boomtown for Kickers

9/24/13:  Chip Kelly On Altitude In Denver: ‘We’re Not Going There To Run A Marathon’

9/25/13:  Kelly Not Worried About Denver’s High Altitude

1/8/99:  Dolphins Aware of Broncos’ Advantage of Playing in Mile High

11/9/09:  Steelers Clark Far From Only Player to Feel Altitude

9/24/14:  Altitude is Least of Eagles Concerns as Denver Looms