Forget Parking Lots—the Stadium District is the Future of the Broncos Sports Arena – 5280 | The Denver Magazine
Dead zones created by parking lots are being reconsidered for neighborhood amenities, like housing, restaurants, shops, and green spaces—aka, the Stadium District.
By Georgia Perry | June 29, 2018
Broncos’ Stadium at Mile High—the new, temporary moniker for the Denver landmark—is surrounded by approximately 100 acres of land, but none of it is all that appealing to look at. Almost all of the space surrounding the pro football field is paved into parking lots, only to be used on game days and during other big events. For our rapidly growing city, these asphalt landscapes look a whole lot like wasted space. That will likely change. Within a few years, one might find housing, restaurants, shops, and green spaces in the Stadium District—Denver’s newest, full-fledged neighborhood.
This past Wednesday night, city planners—long with representatives from the Metropolitan Football Stadium District and the Broncos—hosted the first in what will be a series of public workshops seeking the opinions and input of community members on what changes they would (and wouldn’t) like to see in the area. Bars and burger joints are natural fits, of course. But the “game-day experience” is by no means an everyday experience. With that in mind, planners aspire to create a Stadium District that also provides solutions to questions such as, “What happens when you wake up in the morning and need coffee?” says Jason Whitlock, principal city planner for the City and County of Denver.
City Councilman Paul Lopez (District 3), who represents neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, including Sun Valley and West Colfax, says this is an opportunity to support Denver’s diverse population—particularly low-income residents who have lived in this area for years. “For so long they’ve lived in the shadow of the stadium. Now it can achieve its full capacity as