Representing the people and the personality of Colorado, Sports Authority Field at Mile High was designed to honor the unique and special characteristics of original Mile High Stadium – the Broncos home for 50 years – and one of the most storied and beloved stadiums in National Football League history. 

Sports Authority Field stands less than 50′ from the site of original Mile High Stadium at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level, a characteristic that remains today as one of the most internationally recognized of any sports venue in the world.

With a unique, undulating upper profile and a skin of steel, glass and aluminum, Sports Authority Field at Mile High reflects the Rocky Mountains to the west and the modern Denver skyline to the east, standing as a visible focal point on the Denver skyline and  a proud symbol of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High provides outstanding, unobstructed views for 76,125 fans on five levels of seating, including 8,200 club seats and 144 luxury suites.  While seating only two more fans than original Mile High Stadium, Sports Authority Field is more than twice as large, encompassing a total of 1.8 million square feet. 

Sports Authority Field at Mile high was constructed at a cost of $ 400.7 million dollars and was designed and built by Turner / Empire / Alvarado Construction and HNTB Architects in association with Fentress Bradburn Architects and Bertram A. Bruton Architects. The stadium opened on August 11, 2001.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High is owned by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District (MFSD) and managed by Stadium Management Company, LLC (SMC), a subsidiary of the Denver Broncos Football Club.


Stadium Design & Traditions

Horseshoe Shape

Sports Authority Field at Mile High is designed in the Broncos legendary and traditional horseshoe shape.

South Stands

At Mile High Stadium, Broncos fans in the South Stands created an intimidating and deafening background every home game. Located directly above the Visitor’s Locker Room, visiting teams could feel the south stands and the intensity of the crowd before even taking the field. At Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the South Stands continue to honor and represent all Broncos fans, the most loyal and supportive of any in sports.

Rocky Mountain Thunder

13,500 tons of steel treads of risers and severely pitched seating bowl allow Broncos fans to recreate a hallmark of Mile High Stadium, a metal clamor known as “Rocky Mountain Thunder”.

Bucko / Bucky

Whether called Bucky or Bucko, this Denver icon has maintained his lofty perch since 1975. Modeled after Roy Rodgers horse Trigger, the 1,600 lbs. 27′ high statue was fully refurbished after the final home game at Mile High Stadium before retaking his position at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 11, 2011.

Ring of Fame
Created in 1984 by team owner Pat Bowlen, the Ring of Fame honors the greatest Broncos players and administrators in the history of the franchise.

“Stadium Within a Park”

The park like area on the east side of the stadium integrates the landscape of the South Platte River with native grasses, creating the feeling of a loose, undulating plain. Autumn Blaze Maples are placed in concentric circles, forming “pass through the land” a public art project incorporated in the east side.

Counties Gateway Plaza

The Counties Gateway Plaza on the stadium’s west side was designed as a ceremonial entrance featuring Colorado native hackberry shade trees and individual monuments to each of the six counties of metropolitan Denver whose residents helped to fund the construction of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Sports Legends Mall

On the south end of the stadium, a grand lawn, normally home to the Broncos Barn, provides an on-site festival and event area with a permanent stage, utility service and other necessary requirements for activities to take place.

Ring of Fame Plaza

The new Ring of Fame Plaza outside the stadium’s south end, incorporates 24 8’ steel monuments in honor of each of the Broncos Ring of Fame inductees. Symbolizing the historical pillars of the franchise, the monuments were forged from the same type of steel as original as used to construct Mile High Stadium, the Broncos original home of 50 years and one of the most beloved and storied stadiums in NFL history. Ring of Fame Plaza is located adjacent to the Broncos Fountain outside the stadium just behind the main scoreboard.