Rather than bore you with two separate posts I’ve merged the next Denver adventures into just one. We awoke to glorious sunshine on Sunday and put on our bright orange attire for the day and became avid Broncos fans!
Having no knowledge of the rules to American football, Steve gave me a few pointers on our way down to the game.
We got there a little earlier and made our way around the stadium having a look at the dedicated tailgaters. Unfortunately we entered the stadium just before the full tail gating action but did get to have a little look from above!
I like to think I’ve been to a few big stadiums in England for sports matches but nothing could prepare me for the sheer scale that awaits within the Broncos grounds.
It’s situated just along from Downtown so very convenient access from the light rail and it’s maximum capacity is 76,125 and it was opened in 2001. Wembley stadium may hold 90,000 but the height of the Sports Authority Field in Denver is something else. It also boasts one of the highest elevations of 5,280 feet above sea level, believe me you can feel it as you walk up the stairs to the cheap seats at the top!
We’d managed to secure our tickets on Stubhub the day before, around 80-90% of the seats are held by the local season ticket holders so otherwise it’s pretty hard to get tickets at all. It was a brilliant day out, spirits were high as it was the first game of the season and I like to think I understood a lot more by the end of the game.
They were playing the Ravens and there was barely any touchdowns (which some would say makes it a boring game) but in they end they came out on top 19-13.
We walked our way up to Union Station for a post-game burger and I racked up 24,000 steps on my fitbit (new gadget) and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
A couple of days later I’d booked to go to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We had heard excellent things about Red Rocks and couldn’t wait to experience the place for ourselves.
The stage is surrounded by beautiful rock formations which as far back as the early 1900s has been used as an entertainment venue. It’s had some incredible artists perform over the years, notably The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and you may have seen music videos from U2’s album Under a Blood Red Sky that was filmed here.
Having heard some of Ben Harper’s older records I was keen to see what his more recent music was like. He did an incredible set, with a very hippy, chilled vibe that trembled through the outside air.
It was rather spectacular to look up and see shooting stars with the live music. Rather enjoyed when he got the audience to be silent while he sang without the microphone.
I would recommend if you have a chance to go see anyone at Red Rocks, jump at the opportunity – it was amazing.