Fans are funny folks. They tattoo team logos on their bodies, dress in outrageous clothing, and engage in superstitious behavior not unlike the tribal rituals in undeveloped parts of the world. Colorado fans are no different (aside from having markedly better taste than most, ahem, Raiders fans), and treasure their teams in glorious triumph as well as bitter defeat. What do these teams mean to the cities of Colorado?
Rockin’ With the Rockies: MLB in Colorado
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It’s not difficult to pick out a Rockies fan, especially around the Denver area. That tell-tale blue is instantly recognizable on T-shirts, hats and car bumpers. Bringing in $198 million per year in revenue, the Rockies get some of the best fan support in major league baseball, attracting almost 3 million fans to home games each year. With only ten years franchise history, the Rockies are also a centerpiece of advertising for Coors beer. While officials bicker over bringing in another pro team to nearby Colorado Springs, it’s clear from the passionate fans that the Rockies already have a hold on the hearts of Colorado.
Purchase tickets for the Colorado Rockies here. The tickets range in price from $33 – $275 depending on the game and the seat.
Kickin’ Off With the Broncos: NFL in Colorado
Whisked in to save the day, hall-of-famer-in-waiting Peyton Manning joined the ranks of the Denver Broncos this year, making the franchise’s 50 year history deeper and richer than ever. Bringing in $260 million in revenue, the Broncos have sold out every non-strike game since 1970. The Broncos narrowly missed another Superbowl birth in 2011, and have every reason to believe Manning is destined to lead them back to the Promised Land in the near future. Well that happened. Super Bowl Champs Denver Broncos!
It’s true that Bronco tickets are scarce but we have found several for the Denver Bronco Football season here. They range in price from $90 to $1500 per ticket. It all depends on whether they are playing league rivals the Oakland Raiders or a pre-season ticket.
Nailin’ It With the Nuggets: NBA in Colorado
The Denver Nuggets have thrilled fans since 1976, bringing in an estimated $113 million in annual revenue and luring almost 700,000 to the stadium each year. In fact, Colorado is so supportive of the team that they lead the NBA in attendance from the beginning, garnering 17,000 fans, which was unheard of at the time. After earning the divisional title and conference title just a few years ago, the Nuggets made an impressive run during the 2012 playoffs making it all the way to game seven. Aside from thrilling (and occasionally infuriating) fans, the Nuggets bring millions in revenue to the city of Denver, filling sports bars and merchants with customers. Check out what a few Nugget faithfuls have to say over at the Denver Stiffs, a well-loved fan site.
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Advancing With the Avalanche: NHL in Colorado
After moving to Colorado from Quebec, the Avalanche became the first NHL team to ever take the coveted Stanley Cup the first year after moving to a new city. With this feat, a legend was born. Filling the Pepsi Center in Denver regularly and worth an estimated $98 million, the Avalanche offers sports fans a rough and tumble alternative to ball sports. Colorado Avalanche Tickets go on sale well before the season kicks off, and remain in high demand all year. The Avalanche also contributes millions to the local economy, boosting business around the arena when other sports are out of season.
Colorado isn’t the most populated state in the nation, but for its size, it boasts a rich and storied sports history. Aside from the tremendous revenue, these professional sports teams contribute to the economy, they give people pride in their state and something to look forward to. The end of football season doesn’t have to bring tears when basketball season is in full swing and baseball season is right around the corner.
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