Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
DSG Park, Dick's, The Dick
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Dicks Sporting Goods park during a game between the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy (November 2016)
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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
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Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Location in the United States
Address6000 Victory Way
Location Commerce City, Colorado
Coordinates 39°48′20″N104°53′31″W / 39.80556°N 104.89194°W / 39.80556; -104.89194 Coordinates: 39°48′20″N104°53′31″W / 39.80556°N 104.89194°W / 39.80556; -104.89194
Owner City of Commerce City
Operator Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Capacity 18,061 (soccer) [1]
27,000 (concert)
Field size120 yds long x 75 yds [2]
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 28, 2005
OpenedApril 7, 2007
Construction cost $64.5 million
($77.9 million in 2015 dollars [3] ) [4]
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous) [5]
Project managerICON Venue Group [6]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc. [7]
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid, Inc. [7]
General contractor Turner Construction [6]
Tenants
Colorado Rapids (MLS) (2007–present)
Denver Dream (LFL) (2009)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park, [8] also known as DSG Park, [9] [10] is a soccer-specific stadium located in Commerce City, Colorado that is home to the Colorado Rapids men's professional soccer team. The stadium seats up to 18,061 people for soccer matches, but can accommodate up to 19,734 for special soccer events and 27,000 for concerts. It became the third home venue for the Rapids upon its opening in 2007. Sitting at just over 5,200 feet above sea level, the stadium has the highest elevation of any stadium regularly used by MLS teams.

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Commerce City, Colorado Home rule municipality in Colorado, United States

The City of Commerce City is a Home Rule Municipality located in Adams County, Colorado, United States. Commerce City is a northern suburb of Denver and as of 2013 is the 18th most populous municipality in Colorado. The city population was 45,913 at the 2010 United States Census, a population increase of 118.7% in the ten years since the 2000 census.

Colorado U.S. state in the United States

Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.

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History

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting at an elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), Dicks Sporting Goods Park has played host to several famous snow games. Dicks Sporting Goods Park covered in snow.jpg
Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting at an elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), Dicks Sporting Goods Park has played host to several famous snow games.
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Dicks Sporting Good Park

For their first eleven seasons, the Rapids played at Mile High Stadium (1996–2000) and Invesco Field at Mile High (2001–2006). In 2004, the club and city announced a $130 million project that would include youth soccer fields, retail development, and a new Commerce City civic center. [11] The total cost of stadium construction was $64.5 million. Commerce City voters agreed to $65 million bond for infrastructure improvements to support the stadium. [12] Construction began at the site, close to Denver's former Stapleton International Airport and bordered on the north and east by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, to the south by 56th Avenue, and to the west by Quebec Street, in fall 2005. [13] In November 2006, Dick's Sporting Goods signed a 20-year deal for naming rights. [14]

Mile High Stadium Demolished outdoor multi-purpose stadium in Denver, Colorado

Mile High Stadium was an outdoor multi-purpose stadium located in Denver, Colorado.

Stapleton International Airport airport

Stapleton International Airport was a major airport in the western United States, the primary airport of Denver, Colorado, from 1929 to 1995.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,988-acre (64.70 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located adjacent to Commerce City, Colorado, in the United States. It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) northeast of downtown Denver. The facility is on the grounds of the former Rocky Mountain Arsenal, a United States Army chemical weapons manufacturing facility. The site was designated a national wildlife refuge in 1992 by the United States Congress, and underwent a costly environmental cleanup in order to remove pollutants. The refuge is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. More than 330 species of wildlife inhabit the refuge, including raptors, deer, raccoons, coyotes, white pelicans, black-footed ferrets, black-tailed prairie dogs, and bison.

The stadium opened with an intrasquad scrimmage open only to Commerce City residents and season ticket holders. The first official match was played against D.C. United on April 7, 2007, with the Rapids winning, 2–1. Herculez Gomez scored the first goal at the stadium. [15] In the stadium's inaugural year, it hosted the 2007 MLS All-Star Game as the MLS All-Stars defeated Scotland's Celtic FC.

D.C. United American soccer team

D.C. United is an American professional soccer club based in Washington, D.C. The club competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top level of professional American soccer. The franchise began play in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs of the league. The club was one of the most successful clubs in the early years of MLS, winning eight of its thirteen titles between 1996 and 1998 under then head coach Bruce Arena. United holds the joint MLS record for most Supporters' Shields, has four MLS Cups, and been crowned U.S. Open Cup champions three times. It is also the first club to win both the MLS Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup consecutively.

Herculez Gomez American soccer player

Hérculez Gómez Hurtado is a retired American soccer player. He currently works as a commentator in both English and Spanish for ESPN.

2007 MLS All-Star Game

The 2007 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 12th annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The 2007 MLS All-Star Game took place on July 19, 2007 between the 2007 MLS All-Stars and Celtic.

The Rapids played their first playoff game at DSG Park on October 28, 2010; a 1–0 victory over the Columbus Crew. Two weeks later, a crowd of 17,779 was in attendance as the Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes en route to their first-ever MLS Cup. [16]

San Jose Earthquakes association football team in the United States

The San Jose Earthquakes are an American professional soccer team based in San Jose, California, United States, that competes as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The franchise began play in 1996 as one of the charter clubs of the league. The Earthquakes took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D.C. United 1–0. The Earthquakes have won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, and two Supporters' Shields in 2005 and 2012. In 2002, the team played in its first CONCACAF Champions Cup, making it to the quarterfinals. The team holds a fierce rivalry with the LA Galaxy known as the California Clásico.

MLS Cup championship match of Major League Soccer

The MLS Cup is the post-season championship game of Major League Soccer (MLS). The winner is crowned champion in the same manner as in other North American sports leagues. This differs from other top soccer leagues around the world which consider the club with the most points at the end of the season to be the sole champion. MLS honors that achievement with the Supporters' Shield. A U.S.-based team that wins the MLS Cup is awarded one of that country's berths in the following year's CONCACAF Champions League.

The stadium is owned by Commerce City and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) who also own the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Mammoth, and English Premier League club Arsenal F.C. via subsidiary. The estimated cost of this project was $131 million, with investment shared equally between the city and KSE. [12]

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment an American sports and entertainment holding company based in Denver, Colorado

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) is an American sports and entertainment holding company based in Denver, Colorado. Originally known as Kroenke Sports Enterprises, it was started in 1999 by businessman Stan Kroenke to be the parent company of his sports holdings. Today the company has control over seven professional sports franchises, three stadiums with one under construction, one professional esports franchised team, four television channels, an internet TV channel, & 19 magazines which operate under the badge Outdoor Sportsman Group, four radio stations which operate under the badge KSE Radio Ventures, LLC, and websites.

Colorado Avalanche Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

Denver Nuggets Professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado

The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets.

International soccer matches

Men's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
August 22, 2007Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 0–1Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Friendly 17,000
November 19, 2008Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2010 World Cup qualification 9,303
March 11, 2009Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 5–1Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Friendly 18,296
March 22, 2013Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2014 World Cup qualification 19,374
September 9, 2014Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 0–1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Friendly 18,136
October 3, 2015 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada U-23 2–2 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba U-23 2015 Olympic Qualifying 3,313
Flag of the United States.svg United States U-23 4–0 Flag of Panama.svg Panama U-23
May 29, 2016Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Friendly 11,000
June 8, 2017Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2018 World Cup qualification 19,188

Women's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
July 13, 2008Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Friendly 15,071
September 19, 2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States 6–2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Friendly 18,589
June 2, 2016Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Friendly 18,572
September 15, 2017Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Friendly 17,301
April 4, 2019Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5–3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Friendly 17,264

Other sports events

The stadium has hosted several high-profile rugby games. In 2009, it hosted several matches of the 2009 Churchill Cup, including the United States v. Georgia, Canada v. Argentina, and England v. Ireland.[ citation needed ] The Denver Barbarians of Rugby Super League have hosted occasional home matches at the stadium.[ citation needed ] In May 2009, the stadium hosted the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championships with the Michigan Wolverines defeating Chapman University 12–11 in overtime on the Division I side and University of St. Thomas beating the University of Dayton 16–11 in Division II.[ citation needed ]

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

The 2009 Churchill Cup took place between June 6 and June 21, 2009, marking the seventh year of the Churchill Cup.

The United States men's national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, is controlled by USA Rugby. USA Rugby is a member of Rugby Americas North, one of six regional governing bodies under World Rugby. Until sevens made its debut at the 2016 Rio Games, the United States was the reigning Olympic champion in rugby, having won gold at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics.

The Denver Dream of the Lingerie Football League played their two home games at the stadium during their lone season.[ citation needed ]

The stadium held the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship during July 10–19, 2014.[ citation needed ]

On Friday, March 22, 2013, Dick's Sporting Goods Park was the site of the World Cup CONCACAF 2014 qualifying match between Costa Rica and USA, a game played in blizzard conditions. Costa Rica filed a protest with FIFA due to field conditions when the United States won the game 1–0, but the protest was denied. The game has already been dubbed in football lore as "SnowClásico" for the conditions.[ citation needed ]

Music events

The venue grounds hosted the Mile High Music Festival annually from 2008 to 2010. The first Mile High Music Festival had attendance of approximately 40,000 people each day over the course of two days. By utilizing the open soccer fields surrounding the stadium and additional stages throughout the complex, the complex's total capacity was able to greatly exceed what the stadium could hold alone.

The rock band Phish has established a three-night residency at the venue over Labor Day Weekend, starting in 2011 and returning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Their lead singer, Trey Anastasio, noted "We all love Dicks!" [17]

DateArtist(s)Opening act(s)TourTickets soldRevenueAdditional notes
July 20, 2008 Dave Matthews Band Brett Dennen
Onerepublic
Rodrigo y Gabriela
John Mayer
2008 Summer TourThis concert was part of the Mile High Music Festival. LeRoi Moore did not play due to injury. This show was recorded and released as Live at Mile High Music Festival on December 16, 2008. [18]
August 15, 2010 Drive-By Truckers
Jimmy Cliff
My Morning Jacket
2010 Summer TourThis concert was part of the Mile High Music Festival and was webcast live. [19]
August 23, 2013 Snoop Dogg 2013 Summer TourDue to severe thunderstorms in the area, the gates didn't open for the first show until 6:45. Snoop Dogg went on at 7:15, and DMB went on at 8:40. [20]
August 24, 2013
September 9, 2016 Luke Bryan Little Big Town
Dustin Lynch
Kill the Lights Tour 33,792 / 40,000$2,926,618
September 10, 2016
July 28, 2020 Green Day
Fall Out Boy
Weezer
The Interrupters Hella Mega Tour TBATBA

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Invesco Field at Mile High
Home of the
Colorado Rapids

2007–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Texas Stadium
Host of the
Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Championships

2009–2011
Succeeded by
Sirrine Stadium