Everything to Know About Empower Field at Mile High Stadium

by Leap on February 8, 2024

If you're a Denver Broncos fan, you’re very familiar with Empower Field at Mile High. The proud home of the popular NFL team, Mile High Stadium in Denver features an impressive field utilized for professional football games and a variety of other events. Revel in the roar of the crowd as you enjoy views of the city skyline and the Rocky Mountains — all at once! Deriving its name from its location one mile above sea level, Mile High Stadium is a truly unique entertainment venue. Learn more about the stadium in our helpful guide!

Mile High Stadium — Aerial view

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Overview of Empower Field at Mile High

Empower Field at Mile High hosts the Denver Broncos NFL team as well as other popular sporting events and concerts. The venue is also known as New Mile High or Mile High Stadium (formal names include Broncos Stadium, Invesco Field at Mile High and Sports Authority Field at Mile High). The current stadium opened in 2001, replacing the original Mile High Stadium, and has continued to sell out for every Broncos home game since.

While primarily used for football, many concerts are held at this location throughout the year — with well-known artists such as Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift gracing the stage. Mile High’s seating capacity is about 76,000 for Denver Broncos games, though this number can increase for non-sporting events. The record attendance is 85,233 for Ed Sheeran’s Mathematics Tour in 2023.

Where is Empower Field at Mile High Located?

Mile High Stadium — Denver Broncos field "Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium" by Jeramey Jannene is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Empower Field at Mile High is situated at 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO. The stadium is conveniently located right off of Interstate 25 and Federal Blvd.

If driving to the venue, there are lots of on and off-site parking lots to choose from. To access rideshare drop-off and pick-up areas, exit the west stadium gates (Gates 10, 1, 2, 3 or 4) and walk westbound towards Federal Blvd. to the 17th and Federal Blvd. pickup location. Public transportation options include the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Light Rail and buses.

Mile High Stadium Parking

Mile High Stadium exterior "INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver" by dph1110 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

For Denver Broncos games, the Mile High Stadium parking lots open four and a half hours before kickoff. The exception is Lot C, which allows tailgating typically as early as six hours prior. Lot C opens at 8 a.m. for 2:05 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. kickoffs, 12 p.m. for 6:15 p.m. & 6:20 p.m. kickoffs, and at 1 p.m. for 7 p.m. preseason games.

Parking typically costs $40, though cars with four or more people may get a carpool spot in Lot A for $30. Parking may be purchased in person with a credit card (no cash accepted).

Off-site parking options include Ball Arena, Aurora Campus, Denver Aquarium and Riverside Church. Parking spaces at these facilities are sold from $15-$30 and open up to the public approximately 4 hours before kickoff.

Mile High Stadium Seating

Denver Broncos stadium "Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders 2008" by Julio Enriquez is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The stadium has three main tiers — the 100s, 300s and 500s. Section 100 is closest to the field while 500 is up top. Seat selection is, of course, based on budget and personal preference. Do you need a straight-on view or prefer a unique angle from the end zone? Are you looking to be on the home or visitor's side of the field? There are lots of factors to consider when choosing your seat.

If you choose to sit in one of the 100-level sections, row 30 is conveniently situated near the entrance tunnel, and its elevation offers great sightlines. If you choose to sit in the 300-level section, enjoy a great view of the field and nearby endzone, as well as the largest video board at the stadium which sits above the section at the opposite endzone. The 500-level sections are heavily exposed to the elements; however, sections on the west side (503-513) will be shaded first.

Looking at an event at Mile High? Undercover Tourist offers great deals on sports, concerts and more, plus our helpful seating map makes it easy to find the best view. A trusted ticket provider for over 20 years, our tickets come with a 100% buyer guarantee, so you can head to the stadium with lots of savings.

What to Know Before You Go

Here are some tips before visiting the stadium:

  • Bag policy — Clear bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a non-clear clutch up to 4.5" x 6.5."
  • Permitted items include binoculars (shorter than 6 inches), blankets, cameras (6-inch lenses or smaller), seat cushions and clear diaper bags. Food is permitted, along with sealed plastic water bottles.
  • Prohibited items that are not allowed include alcoholic beverages, coolers, selfie sticks, bottles or cans, glow sticks and large banners (be sure to check the full list of permitted and prohibited items for more details).
  • Note that the entire stadium is cashless, so be prepared with either a credit card, debit card or contactless payment, such as ApplePay. There are Cash-to-Card kiosks and reverse ATMs available as needed.
  • Concessions are available throughout the stadium with easy access to classics like hot dogs, nachos, pretzels and popcorn.

Upcoming Events

Headed to Mile Head Stadium soon? Check out some of its upcoming live events:

Have you ever visited Mile High Stadium before? Let us know in the comments below!

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