Mile High Stadium

2755 West 17th Avenue

Mile High Stadium was built in 1948 originally as a baseball stadium meant for the Denver Bears minor league baseball team. The Denver Broncos started played at the stadium in 1960, but the John Elway and the other players weren’t the only stars to take the turf. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last show there, and in the stadium’s life it hosted greats such as Muhammed Ali, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Joe DiMaggio, and more. Denver residents voted to pay for a new stadium in the late 1990s, which became Invesco Field at Mile High (now currently Sports Authority Field at Mile High) and was built in the parking lot of the old stadium. The old Mile Hig was deomlished in 2002, but traces of it can still be found at Sports Authority Field–a home plate can be found in the parking lot, marking the spot of the original home plate of the Bears Stadium in 1948.

Written by Jonina Diele


Jimi Hendrix at The Denver Pop Festival

In June of 1969, famous concert promoter Barry Fey put together an exceptional event in Denver history--the Denver Pop Festival. The Festival took place at the old Mile High Stadium, and featured great and rising acts at the time, such as Frank Zappa and the Mother of Invention, and Iron Butterfly. Most notably, though, was the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The show was the band's last performance together, and the tensions were high. The tensions were also high among the crowdgoers and police, who used tear gas to control the fans. A Westword article recalls the experience, stating "That night, the band played what would later become FM classic rock station staples: 'Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),' 'Purple Haze' and 'Fire,' plus a pre-Woodstock rendition of 'A Star Spangled Banner,' and the crowd went wild." Written by Jonina Diele

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