Professional Sports in Colorado

Population wise, Denver is the smallest city in the country with five major professional sports teams — Denver Broncos football, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Rapids soccer. That should tell you something about the way Coloradans feel about their sports.

By: Colorado.com Staff Writer
Updated: March 23, 2024

These professional teams rule downtown Denver. Just across I-25 from the three-time Super Bowl champion Broncos' home at Mile High Stadium, the Nuggets and — 2022 Stanley Cup Winners — the Avalanche vie for playoff spots each season at the Ball Arena. And a few blocks away is Coors Field, home base to Colorado Rockies fans. In fact, “Rocktober” was a phrase coined during the team’s fall 2007 run up to the World Series in honor of a record-breaking winning streak that culminated in the National League Championship win and unmitigated Rockies fever across the state. You can see two of MLB's partner league teams as well: the Colorado Springs-based Rocky Mountain Vibes and the Grand Junction Jackalopes.

Aside from the big four, there are many other opportunities for taking in an pro sporting event in Colorado — from NASCAR races at the Colorado National Speedway in Weld County to PGA tournaments at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock.

Colorado also boasts several teams that have amassed cult-like followings. Major League Soccer’s 2010 champion Colorado Rapids take to the field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, just a few minutes’ drive east of downtown Denver, while Colorado Mammoth indoor lacrosse — and 2022 NLL champs — brings loyalists to the Pepsi Center.

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College Sports

Colorado is also home to many loyal college-sports fans out for football, basketball, hockey and other sports. The Pac-12 NSD's University of Colorado Buffaloes play in BoulderColorado State University Rams in Fort CollinsUniversity of Denver Pioneers just south of downtown Denver and the United States Air Force Academy Falcons in Colorado SpringsThe University of Northern Colorado Bears, who play in Greeley, are members of the NCAA Division I FCS. 

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