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Encyclopedia > Mile High Stadium
Mile High Stadium
Location Denver, Colorado
Opened 1948
Closed 2001
Capacity 76,273
Owned By City and County of Denver (Parks and Recreation Department)
Architect:

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333 ft (101 m)
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Mile High Stadium (known as Bears Stadium until 1968) was a baseball, soccer and football stadium that stood in Denver, Colorado from 1948-2001. It hosted the Denver Broncos of the NFL from 1960-2001, the Colorado Rockies of the NL from 1993-1994, the Colorado Rapids of MLS from 1996-2001, the Denver Gold of the USFL from 1983-1985, and the Denver Bears and Denver Zephyrs of minor league baseball's Western League, American Association and Pacific Coast League from its completion in 1948 until 1992. See also: 1967 in sports, 1969 in sports and the list of years in sports. General sporting events 1968 Summer Olympics takes place in Mexico City, Mexico United States wins the most medals (107), and the most gold medals (45). ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in St. ... The striker (wearing red jersey) has run past the defender (in white jersey) and is about to take a shot at the goal, while the goalkeeper positions himself to stop the ball. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Colorado State Capitol Building Denver is the largest city and capital of the state of Colorado, United States of America. ... See also: 1947 in sports, 1949 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 29: Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. ... See also: 2000 in sports, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... Conference AFC Division West Founded 1960 Home Field INVESCO Field at Mile High City Denver, Colorado Colors Navy blue, orange, and white Head Coach Mike Shanahan All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 365-331-10 The Denver Broncos are a National Football League team based... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Colorado Rockies National League AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox AA Tulsa Drillers A Modesto Nuts Asheville Tourists Tri-City Dust Devils R Casper Rockies The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... See also: 1992 in sports, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. 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Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top soccer league in the United States in the American Soccer Pyramid, sanctioned by the professional division of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF or U.S. Soccer), a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). ... See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: American football stubs | Denver sports | Defunct American football teams ... 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The Denver Bears were the AAA minor league baseball franchise in the Pacific Coast League in Denver, Colorado from 1948 until the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs. ... The Denver Zephyrs were a continuation of the old Denver Bears AAA minor league baseball franchise. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The American Association was a minor baseball league in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... See also: 1947 in sports, 1949 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 29: Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. ... See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ...


Mile High Stadium was originally built as Bears Stadium for minor league baseball by Bob Howsam in 1948 on top of an old dump. The stadium initially consisted of a single 17,000-seat granstand stretching along the north side from the left field foul pole to the right field foul pole on the west side. 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In the late 1950's there was an attempt to form the Continental League lead by the famous Dodger General Manager, Branch Rickey. Bob Howsam joined ranks with Rickey, pleading for a major league team in Denver. Advised that to get a major league franchise Denver would need a much larger ballpark, Bear Stadium would begin the first of its many expansions. Over eight thousand seats were added to the south stands, bringing stadium capacity to 23,100. The new east stands increased seating to 34,657. The final bill, including cost overruns, came to just under $500,000. Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ... The Continental League was a proposed third major league for baseball. ... Los Angeles Dodgers National League AAA Las Vegas 51s AA Jacksonville Suns A Columbus Catfish Vero Beach Dodgers R Ogden Raptors Gulf Coast Dodgers Brooklyn Dodgers redirects here. ... Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 _ December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for helping break baseballs color barrier and creating the framework to the modern minor league system. ...


Major League Baseball’s answer to the Continental League was to expand the league, which would eventually lead to the folding of the Continental League. Although Denver was not awarded a franchise, MLB promised teams in the future for Denver and other cities. Howsam was now trapped with a large stadium and debt he could ill afford. Frantically searching a solution he turned to football. Meeting with Lamar Hunt, Bud Adams, and George Halas, Howsam helped form the American Football League (AFL) and Denver was awarded the Broncos. A large bleacher section was added along the south side and temporary east stands were built in 1960, raising the capacity to 34,000. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... Lamar Hunt, born August 2, 1932 in El Dorado, Arkansas, is one of the most influential sports promoters in the United States. ... This biographical article needs to be wikified. ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... The American Football League was a professional league of American football which operated from 1960 to 1969. ... Conference AFC Division West Founded 1960 Home Field INVESCO Field at Mile High City Denver, Colorado Colors Navy blue, orange, and white Head Coach Mike Shanahan All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 365-331-10 The Denver Broncos are a National Football League team based...


Howsam's ownership in the AFL was short-lived as overwhelming debt forced Howsam to sell all his sports interests in 1961. His dream of major league baseball in Denver would be placed on hold for another 30 years. The stadium was sold to the city in 1968, which renamed it Mile High Stadium and built the upper deck along the west side, raising capacity to 50,000. See also: 1967 in sports, 1969 in sports and the list of years in sports. General sporting events 1968 Summer Olympics takes place in Mexico City, Mexico United States wins the most medals (107), and the most gold medals (45). ...


Denver had to settle for the minor league Bears and the AFL Broncos who resembled the early New York Mets version of football. Looking comical in their yellow & black vertical stripped socks, mustard yellow and brown uniforms, the fans in the stands would sing, "Send in the Clowns" when the Broncos would take the field. It took a few years to gain a following. In 1961 they drew fewer fans in a year than the Broncos now draw in a single game. In the middle of the 1960’s uniforms changed, there were some wins, attendance turned around and people caught Bronco Fever. New York Mets National League AAA Norfolk Tides AA Binghamton Mets A St. ... Send in the Clowns is a song by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music. ... 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year—i. ...


As ticket sales increased, the stadium expanded to 51,706 seats. With a $25 million bond issue in 1974 another stadium renovation added 20,000 more seats. By 1975 seating was up to 75,100. An ingenious expansion that took place from 1975-1977 raised the capacity to nearly 80,000 by extending the upper deck along the north side and building a movable triple-decked stands along the east side. When fully extended, the stands would form a horseshoe for football, but when fully retracted by 145 feet (44 m), the stadium could still fit a normal-sized baseball field. The structure was 535 feet (163 m) long, 135 feet (41 m) tall and 200 feet (61 m) deep, weighing nearly nine million pounds (4,000 t). In order to move the stands over more than 90,000 square feet (8,000 m²) of runways, water was pumped onto the runways and formed a .003 inch (76 micrometre) sheet upon which the stands rested. Hydraulic rams then pushed the stands forward at the rate of three feet per minute (15 mm/s), taking about two hours from start to finish. In 1986, 77 luxury suites were added atop the west stands, increasing the official seating capacity to 76,123. 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... See also: 1974 in sports, 1976 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Benny Parsons won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Unser USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship - Austria 24 hours of... See also: 1976 in sports, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... See also: 1985 in sports, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - France 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of...


The large size of the stadium ensured that the expansion Rockies were able to set Major League Baseball attendance records before moving to Coors Field for the 1995 season. Indeed, the stadium was known for its loudness, the sound bouncing around within the horseshoe. Because of the huge size of the outfield and foul territory, as well as the 30-foot (10 m) high fence in center field, the stadium was not as problematic for pitchers as Coors Field proved to be. This chart shows each Major League Baseball teams highest season total in paid attendance for home games. ... Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is the home of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. ... See also: 1994 in sports, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ... Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is the home of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. ...


Mile High Stadium was closed in 2001 after the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rapids moved to neighboring INVESCO Field at Mile High. It was demolished later that year. See also: 2000 in sports, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... Conference AFC Division West Founded 1960 Home Field INVESCO Field at Mile High City Denver, Colorado Colors Navy blue, orange, and white Head Coach Mike Shanahan All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 365-331-10 The Denver Broncos are a National Football League team based... Year Founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Stadium Invesco Field Coach Fernando Clavijo All-Time Leaders* Games Chris Henderson, 170 Goals Paul Bravo, 39 Assists Chris Henderson, 48 Points Chris Henderson, 108 Shutouts Scott Garlick, 14 First Game Kansas City Wiz 3 - 0 Colorado Rapids (Arrowhead Stadium; April 13, 1996... West entrance of INVESCO Field at Mile High INVESCO Field at Mile High is a sporting event and events stadium in Denver, Colorado. ...


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Mile High Stadium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (794 words)
Mile High Stadium (known as Bears Stadium until 1968) was a baseball, soccer and football stadium that stood in Denver, Colorado from 1948-2001.
The stadium was sold to the city in 1968, which renamed it Mile High Stadium and built the upper deck along the west side, raising capacity to 50,000.
Mile High Stadium was closed in 2001 after the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rapids moved to neighboring INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Clem's Baseball ~ Mile High Stadium (839 words)
The two wings of Bears Stadium's unroofed single-deck grandstand were originally positioned at an acute angle, bearing a strong resemblance to Seals Stadium.
Mile High Stadium set a National League record for regular game paid attendance on April 9, 1993 -- 80,227 -- and a total of 4,483,350 fans went to games there that year, smashing the major league baseball attendance records that had just been set by the Toronto Blue Jays.
In February 2002 the old Mile High Stadium was deliberately set on fire by an incendiary bomb as part of a terrorism response drill and was demolished soon afterwards.
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