What an awesome opportunity my family and I had and one I have to admit, I was not aware of until Colorado Kids made me aware of it*. We got to tour Sports Authority Field and Visit the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. It was neat. I had no idea all that was at Sports Authority Field (formerly known as Invesco Field) except for the Broncos, of course. Quite cool. After living in Colorado for 10 plus years, I am so glad I had the opportunity to do this tour and I highly recommend for both visitors and residents.
You can tour too and the times are convenient and throughout the year. Tour Times are as follows: September – December & March – May Thursdays through Saturdays* 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning every hour; January – February (winter hours) Thursdays and Fridays* 10 a.m, 12 noon, 2 p.m. only Saturdays* 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning every hour. June – August (summer hours) Tuesdays through Saturdays* 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning every hour
*MUSEUM IS CLOSED & TOURS ARE NOT AVAILABLE THE DAY BEFORE ANY HOME GAME PER THE NFL
Check out their tours schedule and their website here.The Tours are 75 minutes long and you will walk approximately half a mile during the entire tour and includes the following stops: Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum – Party Suites – United Club Level – Visiting Team Locker Room – Keg Room – Thunder’s Stall – End Zone – Television Truck Production Area – Press Center. Undoubtedly, the kids’ favorite part was to see Thunder’s residence but they were really hoping to see Thunder. He was not there- he lives up on a ranch in Fort Collins.
Ah well, for hubby and me, it was all about the Champions Club (pictured to the left here). Okay, I’ll admit that the Keg Room was pretty cool too and on the hottest day of the year yet, pun intended ;_) And, I have to say the Press Center was larger than life too. It was neat to see it all and behind the scenes right before football season begins this fall. It was also a bit eye opening to see how much everything costs- the club level private rooms and party rooms and how much concessions cost in those rooms too! Wow! You thought you paid too much for a beer and a hot dog sitting in nose bleed seats? You have no idea til you take this tour, that is. The history lessons were neat too – I learned a lot about the history of Colorado sports, the old stadium and why it was torn down, and the stats are just mind boggling. Our tour guide was awesome and her name is Kristin R. She is hilarious, tells great stories, and is really a great tour guide. We are lucky our group got her on our 75-minute journey.
Tickets for the tour are reasonable and the prices are as follows: Adults $10 / Seniors $8 / Children 5-12 years $8 / Children under 5 – free with adult (max 2 per paying adult)
/ Groups of 25+ $7 per person. You can purchase tickets and start the tour at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum – Gate #1 / West Side of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
With this deal from ColoradoKids.Com you can get $2.00 off per ticket for up to 4 paying people on the same coupon. Click here for the coupon, print it out and take it with you. Group tours and reservations are also available if you call ahead and there are many transportation means to get to Sports Authority so see what works best for you. Parking is available on-site as well and click here for map and directions. You can see from the few pictures I posted how much fun we had! Here’s a tip: Park in lot C near entrance 1 to the stadium for better access. The tour ends near entrance 10- the broncos store and what a neat store it is – you should check it out for sure after your tour or before. All in all, a great time was had by all even my tired and hot 5 and 3 year old. They did very well considering they were the only kids under 10 on this thing. And yes, moms and dads, the tour is stroller-friendly and handicapped-accessible as well. Very well done and the museum (where the tours start) is quite a treat – did you know Supreme Court Justice Byron White played football? I had no idea. The history was amazing. If you are a history buff and live in Colorado or visit Colorado, this tour is a must for you!
* Disclaimer: For my time, Colorado Kids paid for my family’s tour at Sports Authority Field so that I could post about this and promote this cool, behind the scenes opportunity. If you want information on my disclaimer, please read my general disclaimer.