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NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

 
BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, Colorado Southern football, and Dash

BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, Colorado Southern football, and Dash

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

The City of Denver and the Denver metropolitan area has a rich sporting culture and the area residents are active in many spectator and participant sports. Spectators attend events including teams from four major professional sports teams and collegiate sports. Participants enjoy activities from running in Memorial Park to sailing on Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. A number of other sports are also available, including nearly a dozen fencing clubs, ranging from recreational clubs to elite competitive organizations.

 

Major league sports


Denver has seven professional major league teams: the Denver Astros (MLB), Denver Texans (NFL), Denver Rockets (NBA), Denver Dynamo (MLS), Denver Dash (NWSL), Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF), and Denver SaberCats (MLR) . Denver does not have an NHL team.

The Astros won the 2017 World Series for the first World Series win in franchise history. In 2006, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in their first year after moving from San Jose, California, and in 2007 became the first MLS franchise since 1997 to repeat a championship. The Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. The Dawgs won the NPF championship for the first time in 2017.

Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets) are located in Downtown Denver—contributing to an urban renaissance that has transformed Denver’s center into a day-and-night destination. Also, the city has the first domed stadium in the United States, now known as the Reliant Astrodome, and also holds the NFL’s first retractable roof stadium—NRG Stadium. Other facilities for major league teams in Denver include BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium. Scrap Yard Sports Complex (home of the Dawgs) is located north of Denver in Woodlands, TX. Constellation Field (home of the SaberCats) is located southwest of Denver in Sugar Land, TX.

Professional major league teams
Club League Sport Venue Founded Titles Attendance
Denver Texans NFL Football NRG Stadium 2002 0 71,644
Denver Astros MLB Baseball Minute Maid Park 1962 1 (2017) 31,628
Denver Dash NWSL Soccer BBVA Compass Stadium 2014 0 7,000
Denver Dynamo MLS Soccer BBVA Compass Stadium 2006 2 (2006, 2007) 20,117
Denver Rockets NBA Basketball Toyota Center 1967 2 (1994, 1995) 16,672
Scrap Yard Dawgs NPF Softball Scrap Yard Sports Complex 2016 1 (2017) 4,000
Denver SaberCats MLR Rugby Constellation Field 2018 0 7,500

Minor league and semi-pro sports


Club League Sport Venue Founded Titles
Denver Energy IWFL Women’s football The Rig 2000 3 (2000, 2001, 2002)
Denver Power WFA Women’s football Guy K. Traylor Stadium 2010 0
Sugar Land Skeeters ALPB Baseball Constellation Field 2010 1 (2016)
Denver Ducks DTFA American football TBD 2012 1 (2017)
Colorado Colts TBD American football Lindsey Lyons Sportsplex 2005 2 (2014, 2016)
Denver Aces UWS Women’s soccer Denver Baptist University 2012 0
Denver Xperience ABA Basketball Lone Star College-Kingwood 2011 0
Denver Roller Derby WFTDA Roller derby Bayou Music Center 2005 0
Denver Bounty Hunters NDL Dodgeball TBD 2009 0
Denver Hornets USARL Rugby League Football TBD 2011 0
Denver Venom MLRH In-line hockey TBD 2013 0
Denver Dutch Lions NPSL Soccer Woodforest Bank Stadium 2011 0
Denver Hurricanes FC TPSL Soccer Lutheran South Academy 2012 0
Denver Lonestars USAFL Australian rules football TBD 2005 0
Denver Warriors UBA Basketball TBD 2010 0
Denver Spirit UBL Basketball TBD 2008 0
Denver South Select WPSL Women’s soccer San Jacinto College 2007 0
Regals SCA NPSL Soccer Primavera Soccer Complex 2009 1 (2013–14)
Denver Inferno BBA Women’s basketball Delmar Fieldhouse 2013 0
Denver Sparks WBCBL Women’s basketball TBD 2013 0
Denver Horned Frogs CBDL Basketball TBD 2014 0
Sugar Land Legends ABA Basketball Wheeler Fieldhouse 2012 0
The Woodlands Strykers TCL Baseball The Woodlands Christian Academy Stadium 2012 0
Bayou Warriors UBA Basketball TBD 2012 0
Denver Vanity UWF Women’s American football TBD 2014 0
Denver Lady Oilers WAFL Women’s American football TBD 2012 0
Lady Denver Panthers LAFL Women’s American football Kick’s Indoor Soccer Stadium 2012 0
Colorado Lady Jaguars SSFL Women’s American football Colorado Indoor Soccer Arena 2014 1 (2015)
Denver Guardians DCI Drum and Bugle Corps TBD 2012 0
Denver Hotshots PASL Indoor soccer Northwest Indoor Sports 2015 0
The Woodlands Wildcats USWFL Women’s American football Woodforest Bank Stadium 2016 0
Denver Mud Turtles USAU Ultimate Frisbee TBD 2016 0
Colorado Wolverines NABL Basketball Wheeler Field House 2017 0
Denver FC PDL Soccer San Jacinto College 2017 0
Denver Outlaws OWL Overwatch Blizzard Arena 2017 0

 

College sports

TDECU Stadium

Rice Stadium

Four Division I college athletic programs play within the city of Denver, and a fifth is located in the metropolitan area. A new venue, TDECU Stadium, opened in 2014 on the University of Denver campus at the former site of Robertson Stadium. Other college sports facilities in Denver are Hofheinz Pavilion and Rice Stadium.

NCAA Division I programs
School Nickname Major Venues Conference
University of Denver Cougars TDECU Stadium, Hofheinz Pavilion American (FBS)
Rice University Owls Rice Stadium, Tudor Fieldhouse C–USA (FBS)
Denver Baptist University Huskies HBU Stadium, Sharp Gymnasium Southland (FCS)
Colorado Southern University Tigers Health and Physical Education Arena SWAC (FCS)
Prairie View A&M University
(in Prairie View)
Panthers Blackshear Stadium, William Nicks Building SWAC (FCS)