The Metropolitan Football Stadium District (the District) is a body corporate and political subdivision of the State of Colorado established pursuant to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District Act, Article 15, Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, (Act). The District includes all or part of the seven counties in the Denver metropolitan area. The District was created for the purpose of planning, acquiring land and constructing a professional football stadium. The Act authorizes the District to levy and collect a sales tax on one-tenth of one percent throughout the District as of January 1, 2001 and will collect the tax for a period not to extend beyond January 1, 2012. The sales tax assists the District in financing the acquisition of land, construction of the Stadium and the payments of debt service.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Metropolitan Football Stadium District is governed by a Board of Directors of nine members who serve without compensation.
The Board of Directors are: Audit/Capital Committee Members Finance Committee Members
Raymond T. Baker, Chairman Tim White Jim Harrington
Jim Harrington, Arapahoe County Gene Ciancio Don Johnson
Ray Baker, Governor Appointee Don Johnson
Gene Ciancio, Adams County Jim Harrington
Steven White, City and County of Denver Richard Sapkin
Alex Boian, Boulder County
F. Robert Lee, Appointee
Tim White, Douglas County
Donald Johnson, Jefferson County
Richard Sapkin, Governor Appointee
2023 Regular Board Meetings
- March 15, 2023
- June 14, 2023
- September 20, 2023
- November 8, 2023 – Time Change to 11:00 am
2024 Regular Board Meetings
- March 20, 2024
- June 18, 2024
- September 18, 2024
- November 13, 2024 – Time Change to 11:00 am
*All meetings start at 10:00 am unless stated otherwise
*Please note that meeting dates and times are subject to change
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2022
BRONCOS ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $100 MILLION
IN UPGRADES TO EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH
DENVER — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday announced plans for more than $100 million in upgrades to Empower Field at Mile High to mark the single-largest capital improvement in the stadium’s 22-year history.
The enhancements, which are scheduled to begin in the offseason and be completed before the start of the 2023 NFL season, include dramatic improvements to the videoboards, premium hospitality areas, technology, concessions, the Broncos Team Store and elevators. The Metropolitan Football Stadium District approved $12 million in funding for the project, and the remainder of the cost is assumed by the Broncos with G-4 financing approved today by the NFL.
“This significant investment in Empower Field at Mile High—the largest in the stadium’s history—demonstrates the deep commitment by the Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group to immediately and continually provide the best possible experience for our fans,” President Damani Leech said. “As we look toward the future with the long-term plans for our stadium, we are equally focused on the present to ensure Empower Field at Mile High remains a premier sports and entertainment venue.
“We are excited to announce these upgrades to Empower Field at Mile High and are grateful for the support of our ownership group, the Metropolitan Football Stadium District and the National Football League.”
Below is a breakdown of the Empower Field at Mile High upgrades:
The South Scoreboard of Empower Field at Mile High will expand by 70 percent to currently rank as the fourth-largest single scoreboard in an NFL stadium. Measuring 31 feet taller than the current display, the new scoreboard will now measure 72’h x 225’w. The South Scoreboard as well as the two other in-bowl videoboards and ribbon boards will all be upgraded to HDR (High Dynamic Range)-quality displays. Powered by Daktronics with engineering and technical support from Colorado-based Arrow Electronics, the new main video board will feature more screen surface area to showcase real-time statistics, hi-definition replays, enhanced in-game entertainment and more.
Premium Hospitality Areas
Premium guests at Empower Field at Mile High will enjoy an elevated experience immediately upon entry with renovated corridors and suites. A new all-inclusive hospitality space—located on Level 0—will be built exclusively for fans to enjoy on gameday. Additionally, the United Club will include revamped A/V technology features and larger HD video displays for fan entertainment.
Empower Field at Mile High’s video control room will be rebuilt with cutting-edge technology, including a conversion to HDR, while the Tunnel Boards will also undergo significant enhancements. Beginning in 2024, the WiFi system throughout Empower Field at Mile High will also be enhanced as part of ongoing upgrades to ensure best-in-class connectivity.
Along with Aramark—the Broncos’ official food and beverage provider—Empower Field at Mile High is pleased to provide significant concession upgrades for fans. As part of the improvements, the South Deck of Empower Field at Mile High will now feature permanent concessions for the first time ever. Additional concession enhancements also will be made to Levels 1, 2, 3 & 5 and will include more fan favorites such as Favs @ Mile High and Denver Cocktail Co. Currently featuring the largest deployment of autonomous markets of any sports venue, Empower Field at Mile High will expand this technology within current concession areas to further increase the speed of service through a contactless shopping experience.
Broncos Team Store
Located on the south end of Empower Field at Mile High, the Broncos Team Store will undergo a 3,000-square-foot expansion. The spacious new store (25 percent larger) will include more point-of-sale systems and expanded checkout areas to facilitate guest flow. Additionally, for the first time ever, customer restrooms will be installed in Broncos Team Store.
Two new elevators will be installed on both the east and west sides of Empower Field at Mile High to better assist ADA patrons and guests as they navigate various stadium levels.
Message from Family and Friends regarding the passing of Norm Early, longtime board member of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District:
In loving memory of Norman S. Early, Jr., we are saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, May 5. Norm will be remembered for his many years of public service as a champion of justice, the first Black District Attorney of the City and County of Denver, a mayoral candidate, and a dedicated advocate for victims’ rights and the success of Black lawyers.
He knew that these accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts and love of many colleagues and friends who helped shape the course of his career and life. Our family will remember him as a loving father, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle who was our patriarch. Whether he was at a public event or with his family and friends, his infectious laugh and smile would light up a room. Norm did not just tell you he cared about you, he showed you with his big hugs and thoughtful,
personal notes. When we remember him, we think about the many ways he brought joy and laughter to our lives and made us feel loved. While we are saddened by his death, we celebrate his life, which touched the lives of so many people in our city, state, and country.
Norm’s celebration of life will be held at Empower Field at Mile High on Thursday, June 16, at 11:00 am. The event will be held on the west side of the stadium, and guests should enter through doors that are between gates 1 and 3. We would like attendees to dress for a celebration. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) located at 510 King Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314 and/or to the Sam Cary Bar Association located at P.O. Box 300205, Denver, CO 80203. For media or celebration of life inquiries, please contact the Hon. Gary M. Jackson at email@example.com or 303-929-2413.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, condolences, and memories, which have brightened our spirits during this difficult time.
Passing of Joy Burns
The Metropolitan Football Stadium District joins the many who are saddened to hear of the passing of longtime former Board Member Joy Burns.
“Joy served the citizens of the District with distinction employing acute business acumen, integrity and a passion for sports,” said MFSD Chairman Ray Baker.
Burns served the board since its inception in 1996 until 2019 appointed and re-appointed by four successive governors.
Armed with an impressive business, real estate background, strong leadership skills, and sense of community, Burns leaned in on early decision making days of the MFSD helping set the foundation to establish a solid public private partnership. Her contribution on the MFSD Board helped assure the success of constructing the new Mile High Stadium (Empower Field at Mile High) on time and on budget.
A lifelong sports fan and philanthropist, Burns was involved in countless community, business and sports endeavors always offering her expertise and experience with wisdom and candor.
Burns remained engaged throughout her tenure as a MFSD Board member always attentive to details and always rooting for her favorite professional football team the Denver Broncos. She has left an indelible mark on our stadium, our community and all those she touched.
LINK TO DENVER POST OBITUARY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS/CONCEPTS (RFQ/C) for EMPOWER FIELD at Mile High development
DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Submittal due by 4:00 pm Denver, Colorado time on November 21, 2019
The Stadium Investment Corporation created by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District and the Stadium Management Company invites proposals from qualified firms to provide qualifications/concepts for development of approximately 50 acres at the South end of EMPOWER FIELD at Mile High. To view the full RFQ/C, visit the link below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, September 6, 2019
“EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH” NAME CHANGE
APPROVED BY METROPOLITAN FOOTBALL STADIUM DISTRICT
DENVER — Today the Metropolitan Football Stadium District (MFSD) entered into a twenty-one year Naming Rights Agreement with Empower Retirement to name the home of the Denver Broncos “EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH.”
Empower Retirement, headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO will pay the MFSD an average of $3 million annually over the next twenty-one years for signage on and around the nineteen year old seven county taxpayer owned facility.
Empower will have the rights to display approved signage and logos in locations around the stadium in designated areas. Empower Retirement has 2,700 employees in Colorado and over 6,500 employees nationwide and beyond. Currently they are the nation’s second largest retirement services provider, locally serving 212,000 Colorado residents with 4,900 plans administering $16.3 billion in assets.
The stadium was initially funded by the Denver Broncos and a 1/10 of one percent sales tax which sunset in 2011. The MFSD intends to use the funds for future capital needs.
Some temporary signage is currently being installed at the stadium leading up to the home opener on September 15. Permanent signage will replace temporary signage over the coming months.
The new Naming Rights Contract and concurrent Termination Agreement are available at www.mfsd.com
Regarding the passing of Pat Bowlen
The board and staff of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District send our sincere condolences to the Pat Bowlen Family and the broader Denver Broncos Family. Mr. Bowlen has been a leader in Denver, Colorado and the entire NFL for decades. His contribution to the community including participation in funding Broncos Stadium at Mile High and bringing home 3 Super Bowl wins will always be a part of our collective history.
Rest in Peace Mr. B
LEGAL AND FINANCIALS
Request for Proposal for Food and Beverage Services
The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to engage the services of a qualified firm to provide Food and Beverage Services at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Pre-Proposal Meeting and Tour: August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am
Pre-Season Game Observation: August 18, 2018
Deadline has passed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
“BRONCOS STADIUM AT MILE HIGH” TEMPORARY NAME CHANGE
APPROVED BY METROPOLITAN FOOTBALL STADIUM DISTRICT
DENVER — As the Denver Broncos continue the process of identifying a long-term naming rights partner for their stadium, the team announced today that the venue has been temporarily renamed “Broncos Stadium at Mile High.”
The request was approved this morning by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District at its quarterly board meeting.
Please see below for a quote from Broncos Chief Commercial Officer Mac Freeman:
“With the season fast approaching, we’re pleased that the MFSD has approved the temporary name of ‘Broncos Stadium at Mile High.’ While fans will notice some new signage going up around the stadium reflecting this change, we remain completely focused on securing a long-term naming rights partner.
“We’ve had many productive conversations and are confident we’ll identify the right partner, which is critical for ongoing improvements to our stadium. In this interim period, we’ll continue to provide all the necessary resources to ensure our stadium remains a great place for fans and one of the top facilities in all of sports.”
Stadium District Master Plan
1st Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm
For more information please click link below
City and County of Denver
Community Planning & Development
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Media availability 4 – 5 p.m.
City to lead master plan for south end of the Broncos’ stadium property
City planners will gather community input on the Metro Stadium District’s and Denver Broncos’ plans to create a year-round, mixed-use neighborhood hub
A nonprofit venture between the Metropolitan Football Stadium District (MFSD) and the Denver Broncos Football Club is exploring creating a new, mixed‐use neighborhood destination on the south end of the stadium property — now occupied by surface parking lots used only during games and special events.
In response, Denver Community Planning and Development has stepped in to lead a master planning process to gather community input to help guide this potential development in accordance with the neighborhood plan — the 2013 Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan (PDF).
The MFSD and Broncos’ vision is to create a neighborhood hub where people can live, work and play, as well as an enhanced gameday experience for fans. City planners want to involve the community in a master plan for this area so that the people of Denver, and particularly adjacent neighborhoods, may provide input into the future.
The Denver Housing Authority (DHA), in partnership with the City and County of Denver, has a mixed-income public housing development underway in this neighborhood; planners will work closely with DHA and its residents to incorporate their needs and perspectives into this master plan.
“This is an opportunity to realize the recommendations in the neighborhood plan, including improving critical transportation connections between the site and nearby transit, downtown, Sun Valley and west side neighborhoods, the highway and the South Platte River,” said Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development. “The Stadium District can transform its surface parking lots into a neighborhood asset, and we want to work with the community to guide that transformation and ensure it conforms to Denver’s values.”
In 2013, Sun Valley residents, businesses and property owners, including the Denver Broncos, established a clear vision for this area in the Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan. It recommended creating a year-round, mixed-use retail, entertainment, and cultural hub to complement the stadium and other area recreational opportunities, with Lower Colfax as a “main street.”
“The Metropolitan Football Stadium District, the Sun Valley neighborhood and the Denver Broncos have a long history of working together even prior to the adoption of the 2013 Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan,” said Matt Sugar, MFSD director of stadium affairs. “This planning effort is an encouraging step towards realizing the potential of this uniquely Colorado and Denver community.”
With the 2013 Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan as a foundation, a master plan will provide more detailed guidance on creating a destination in the vein of stadiums across the country looking to improve the neighbor and visitor experience, as well as improving critical transportation connections to the South Platte River, transit stations and downtown.
“This is a unique opportunity for the district to become a year-round destination with places to live, eat, shop and enjoy,” said Mac Freeman, chief commercial officer for the Denver Broncos. “Similar to what many other sports teams around the country have done, this is a great chance to turn empty lots into family-friendly spaces that draw visitors throughout the year.”
The Metropolitan Football Stadium District owns the property slated for the plan. The MFSD and the Broncos hope through this future development to create a long-term, recurring income stream to support maintaining and improving the stadium, a taxpayer-owned asset.
The MFSD and Broncos expect to replace any parking that is lost to development.
Public meetings will begin in spring 2018. Learn more at denvergov.org/stadiumdistrict.
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The Metropolitan Football Stadium District is a body corporate and political subdivision of the state of Colorado established pursuant to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District Act, Article 15, Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The district was created for the purpose of planning, acquiring land and constructing a professional football stadium.
Statement from the Metropolitan Football Stadium District
The Metropolitan Football Stadium District learned Tuesday that a fan attending Monday night’s game succumbed to injuries after falling over a stairwell railing shortly after the game. The District and the Stadium Management Company are in the process of learning more about the incident. Our thoughts are with the deceased fan’s family and friends.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
METROPOLITAN FOOTBALL STADIUM DISTRICT
“The Metropolitan Football Stadium District (MFSD) was informed that a motion was filed in a Delaware Court for the Denver Broncos to assume the naming rights contract for Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“The filing of bankruptcy by Sports Authority had left uncertainty in the future of the naming rights of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Denver Broncos assuming the naming rights offers some clarity in the future of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“In anticipation of a potential court decision, the District Board directed the staff to prepare a request for proposals (RFP) to seek a valuation for a new naming rights partner. Those efforts will continue as both the court and District processes move forward.
“Pending court approval, the Denver Broncos will assume the MFSD contract with Sports Authority.
“Naming rights revenue is primarily used for capital improvements extending the life of the stadium well into the future, attempting to avoid need for public funding. The District and the Denver Broncos are currently conducting a facilities conditions assessment of the stadium and surrounding campus. Preliminary numbers indicate over $300 million will be needed over the next 30 years to maintain the facility.”
QUOTE FROM MFSD CHAIRMAN RAY BAKER
“This will allow the District to work closely with the Broncos to secure the best possible outcome for a new naming right partner. The District looks forward to working with the Broncos over the next weeks and months to secure the best deal.”
The joint release from the Metropolitan Football Stadium District and the Denver Broncos can be viewed here:
Request for Proposal for Conditions Assesment
The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to engage the services of a qualified firm to provide to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District (the “District”) and the Stadium Management Company (“SMC”) a review and assessment of the on-going capital needs of Sports Authority Field at Mile High over the next 30 years (a Facility Condition Assessment (“FCA”)).
Deadline has passed
June 4, 2014 – West 13th Avenue Realignment Open House
Decatur Federal General Development Plan
The City and County of Denver Department of Planning and Development is currently undertaking the process of developing a General Development Plan (GDP) for the area immediately south of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The area includes the Sun Valley Neighborhood and the recently completed Decatur-Federal RTD Light Rail Station. For more information about the redevelopment project, please go to www.denvergov.org/decaturfederal.
Stadium Renovations / Upgrades
The Metropolitan Football Stadium District and the Denver Broncos recently agreed to fund approximately $30 million worth of improvements to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Over the last 12 years, the Denver Broncos and their partners have spent over $28 million in stadium improvements. This latest round of improvements will include some very visible upgrades including new High Definition Video Boards and a makeover of the lower concourse. Additionally, upgraded health/safety communications systems also are improved to provide better communication in case of an emergency.
A partial list of improvements to take place before the 2013 season is listed below:
Metropolitan Football Stadium District
1701 Bryant St
Denver, CO 80204
Director of Stadium Affairs