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Invesco Field at Mile High – Denver

Updated: November 30, 2007, 12:53 PM ET
By Tony Guadagnoli and Ron Berler | Special to ESPN SportsTravel


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THE BASICS
• Stadium name: Invesco Field at Mile High
• Address: 1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO 80204
• Capacity: 76,125
• Opened: 2001
• Surface: Grass
• Distance from downtown: Located two miles west of the city center.
•  Web site: Stadium | Directions
• Parking: Lots range from $20 to $30 and open five hours before kickoff. Web site
• Alternative transportation options: RTD's light rail C Line stops at Invesco Field. RTD buses run to Invesco from throughout the area. With the potential for Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night, RTD bus routes from park and rides at Littleton/Mineral, Southmoor and Arapahoe will be eliminated, although light rail will be available. For more details, click here.

LOCAL COLOR
• Unique stadium features: Bucky the Bronco stands 27 feet tall, is made of iron and steel and weighs four tons. A 25-year fixture at old Mile High Stadium, the statue of Bucky made its debut at Invesco Aug. 11, 2001, for the new joint's first event. The Denver Broncos Ring of Fame was created in 1984 and honors 20 former players and owners. Tim "Barrel Man" McKernan, 67, says 2007 will be his 30th and last season wearing a barrel at Broncos games. How popular is Barrel Man? He was inducted into the Hall of Fame before John Elway. Counties Gateway Plaza, located on the west side of the stadium, is a pedestrian walkway featuring personalized bricks, marble sculptures and six monuments that represent and fly the flags of the six counties in the Denver Metro area. Public art works also are displayed at various locations outside the stadium, notably "Broncos" – a water sculpture with five broncos, a mare and a colt.
• W-L records on Monday night:

 Tennessee: 18-15 (Most recent appearance: Beat the Saints 31-14, Sept. 24, 2007)
 Denver: 24-30-1 (Most recently: Lost to Green Bay 19-13, OT, Oct. 29, 2007)

• Biggest events held at stadium: AFC Championship Game, 2006; first regular-season game, Broncos beat New York Giants, 31-20, Sept. 10, 2001; annual Colorado-Colorado State football game; and Colorado high school football championships.
• Stadium tour info: Tours are available Thursday through Saturday during the season and begin every hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The approximately 75-minute tour includes the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, a party suite, the visitors' locker room, the media center and the stall for the team mascot, Thunder. Web site

TICKET INFORMATION
• StubHub! tickets: Web site
For more information call the Broncos ticket hot line, at 720-258-3333. Ticket-office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Web site

FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: In addition to the traditional fare, Invesco offers Mountain High Pizza Pie, Red Zones/Jalapeno Heaven and a nacho bar.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Lots will open at noon for Monday night's game, but expect the party to pretty much carryover from the first pitch of the World Series. Tailgating, sometimes discouraged at other stadiums, is an art form in Denver. The team has a Most Valuable Tailgater for each game, with tickets, prizes and names engraved on the MVT trophy included among the amenities. There are even photo galleries and Web-cam videos. Web site
• Beer selection/prices: All Coors, Bud and Miller-brand 24-ounce beers sell for $6. The premiums, which include Sam Adams and local microbrews such as Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat and Blue Moon, are 12 ounces and go for $6.25.

• Selected Denver-area restaurants and sports bars:
Steak:
Elway's
2500 E. First Ave. (Cherry Creek)
Denver, CO 80206
303-399-5353
Web site
Voted the Best Taste of Denver, Elway's is big on meat, with hand-cut prime steaks, a double-cut filet and a 33-ounce porterhouse. Fish features include ahi tuna, Hawaiian sunfish, Japanese sea bass and Australian lobster. Of course, its popularity also isn't hurt by having the most recognizable name in Denver sports history on the marquee.

Steak:
The Capital Grille
1450 Larimer St. (Larimer Square)
Denver, CO 80202
303-539-2500
Web site
Near the convention center and Coors Field, where according to the Web site, "complimentary valet parking makes it easy to succumb to the urge for the perfect steak."

Brew pub:
Wynkoop Brewing Company (Downtown)
1634 18th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-297-2700
Web site
Besides the brew and food (free-range venison medallions for starters), the "Koop" has a turn-of-the-century (20th that is) pool hall upstairs and the Impulse comedy club downstairs, plus a tour of the brewery most Saturdays.

Sports bar:
The Sports Column (LoDo)
1930 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-296-1930
Web site
Right across from Coors Field, it has been voted among the top 20 sports bars in the country by Sports Illustrated and top 25 by Sporting News.

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