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Get Your Sports Fix in Denver This Summer
Some of the World’s Best Athletes are Competing
in The Mile High City During the Summer of 2014
DENVER (July 14, 2014) - With seven professional teams, Denver is always a pro sports paradise. But sports fans will find even more to love during the summer of 2014 with major international competitions taking place in The Mile High City all summer long.
Major League Baseball from a Mile High
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Coors Field
Located in the heart of downtown, Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, was already one of the best places to see a baseball game in the country, combining the nostalgic feel of classic ballparks with state-of-the-art technology. In 2014, a good thing got even better, with the addition of The Rooftop. The new deck, which opened at the start of this year’s season, offers the best views in the stadium, with a long terrace overlooking the ballpark, as well as downtown Denver and the majestic, snowcapped Rocky Mountains.
The centerpiece of The Rooftop is the Tavern Ballpark. To celebrate the fact that the room is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) the bar is exactly 52 feet and 80 inches long and offers 52 craft beers on tap. Roll-up glass garage doors can transform the area into open air space, where fans can enjoy all the sights and sounds of the ballpark. Hungry? The CHUBurger Restaurant offers Colorado casual dining with burgers made with beef from the Hops & Heifers Farm in nearby Longmont, Colorado.
The Fastest Sport on Two Feet!
WHEN: Through July 19
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships brings the top men's lacrosse players from across the world to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for an action packed series of matches. The United States will defend its crown, having defeated Canada in the 2010 championship in Manchester, England. A record 38 nations will participate in this year's world championship and will play 142 games over 10 days, beginning with a rematch of the last world championship game on July 10 and building toward the world championship game on Saturday, July 19. Individual game tickets are now on sale with full event ticket packages also available, guaranteeing you a great seat to watch the game's best players play on the world's biggest stage.
DON’T MISS: Denver’s own Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws, who play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, May through August. Denver’s National Lacrosse League team, the Colorado Mammoth, will begin playing their season in December.
An International Battle – Manchester United and AS Roma
WHEN: July 26
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Football returns to Denver early this year – but not just American football. Two of the world's best soccer teams, Manchester United and AS Roma, will face off at Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High this summer as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. This is the chance to see World Cup superstars several fresh from the World Cup – including Wayne Rooney, David de Gea, Shinji Kagawa and Juana Mata – will put on a show you won’t want to miss!
DON’T MISS: The Colorado Rapids, Denver’s Major League Soccer team, take on the competition all summer long at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
America’s Race Returns – Grand Finale in Downtown Denver
WHEN: August 18-24
WHERE: Various locations throughout Colorado
The fourth annual USA Pro Challenge (UPC) brings the high speeds and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations more than two miles high in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world - the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The UPC zooms through eight official host cities and, as with the previous three years, the finish line is in downtown Denver on August 24. Beginning in Boulder, the final stage will travel through Golden and conclude with four thrilling laps around the Colorado State Capitol. A fun, free festival with an awards ceremony, music and food trucks will follow in Civic Center Park. New this year, the UPC will host a LifeBlood 5K run/walk along the Denver route where afterwards participants will be treated to an exclusive festival area for premium views of the finish, music and beverages.
DON’T MISS: From the weekly Denver Cruiser Ride to free, Bike-In Movies in Civic Center Park, Denver is a two-wheel paradise all summer long.
A College Football “Showdown”
WHEN: August 29
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
A rivalry that stretches back more than 120 years, the University of Colorado Buffaloes will take on the Colorado State Rams in a fierce Centennial State football game “under the lights” of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Last year, the Buffs emerged triumphant at the Rocky Mountain Showdown, 41-27, but this year – it’s anyone’s game! Whether you're a Buff, a Ram, or just love the game, experience the passion and excitement of college football at its Mile High finest. Tickets are now available for purchase at RockyMountainShowdown.com.
DON’T MISS: The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, located in Sports Authority Field at Mile High, is a free museum that pays tribute to the Centennial State’s most famous athletes and teams.
The World’s Greatest Golfers
WHEN: September 1-7
WHERE: Cherry Hills Country Club
Some of the world's top competitive golfers will come to the Cherry Hills Country Club for a week on the links. The BMW Championship, the first PGA Tour event to be held in Colorado since 2006, is the third of four events in the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup, and organizers expect more than 100,000 spectators. Designed by the famed William Flynn, Cherry Hills has earned its place on the American golf landscape. Not only have nine USGA competitions been held here, but two PGA Championships have been staged on the 7,000-plus-yard layout. The champions have included some of the game’s greats: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Jay Sigel, Tiger Woods, Hubert Green, Andy North, Ralph Guldahl, Vic Ghezzi and Lewis Oehmig.
DON’T MISS: The Denver area is packed with world-class golf courses. Here's a look at some of the best public and resort courses you can play that are easily accessible from The Mile High City.
For more information on what to do in Denver and to book great summer hotel deals, go to VISITDENVER.com.
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About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 14 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2013, generating $4 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs, making Tourism the second largest industry in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Follow Denver’s social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/iknowdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.
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