Mar 27, 2023 - Sports

Denver Broncos owners look for input on moving stadium

Empower Field at Mile High. Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

The new owners of the Denver Broncos are considering constructing a new "state-of-the-art" football stadium — and it may not be in the Mile High City.

Driving the news: The franchise recently sent out an extensive survey to season ticket holders to get their opinions on a future stadium — whether they should rebuild or move to a new location, 9News reports.

  • The options include relocating to Wheat Ridge and Arvada, Commerce City, the Lakewood/Englewood/Littleton area, or the Glendale/Aurora/Centennial region.

Why it matters: The question of whether the Broncos should build a new stadium has been the talk of the town since last year's $4.65 billion sale agreement with the Walton-Penner family ownership group.

  • It's even playing a role in the Denver mayoral race when it comes to who will pay for it.

Details: The Broncos' survey posed a slew of questions, including what an "authentically" Denver or Colorado stadium looks like, and what the roof design should be.

Of note: The survey floats the idea of funding a portion of the stadium project with personal seat licenses, which would give the ticket holder the right to buy season tickets for the same seat in the new stadium.

  • The survey also mentions the possibility of the new venue being a mixed-use development, and asks participants to rank their top five amenities.

What they're saying: Franchise president Damani Leech confirmed on Twitter the team is reviewing its "gameday/stadium experience."

Flashback: Last spring, Broncos CEO Joe Ellis told reporters that erecting a new stadium will be "issue No. 1 on the next owner's plate" and the decision to build anew or refresh must be weighed "right away."

  • Six months after the new ownership was in place, the Broncos announced a plan to infuse $100 million in upgrades this offseason.

What's next: The market research project is expected to wrap up in April, USA Today reports, and the results will inform the path forward.


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