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Infinity Park at Glendale

Glendale, CO

Home of the Glendale Raptors

3.9

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Infinity Park at Glendale (map it)
4599 East Tennessee Ave
Glendale, CO 80246


Glendale Raptors website

Infinity Park at Glendale website

Year Opened: 2007

Capacity: 4,000

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Rugbytown, USA

Infinity Park is the home of both the Denver Barbarians and the Glendale Raptors rugby teams who play in the newly formed Pacific Rugby Premiership. The facility was completed in 2007 and is a vibrant rugby-specific stadium (no soccer is played here). It also includes an outdoor park (the women’s teams play here), a state-of-the-art event center, a fitness center, and an athletic training facility.

The outdoor park has walking paths and benches and many residents of Glendale use this area for walking their dog, running, riding bikes, and just spending time outdoors on the warmer Colorado days in springtime.

Infinity Park also hosts Men’s Club 7s and DII, and affiliated high school and youth programs. It regularly hosts USA Rugby national men's club semifinals and finals championships.

If you haven’t seen a rugby game yet, consider it. The scrums, passing the ball backwards to move forward, and raising players in the air to catch the ball all make it an impressive, exciting game to watch in person.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Food, snacks, and beverages are available during a rugby game. The Grubber Grille offers burritos ($5) and snacks like cotton candy, bravo bars, chips, trail mix, cup of noodles, and popcorn ($1.50 - $2.50). Soda (Coca-Cola brands) and non-carbonated drinks are available ($2.50 - $4) as well as hot tea, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate ($2) for those sometimes chilly Colorado afternoons. Alcoholic beverages at the Grubber Grille include beer (Fat Tire, Dale's Pale Ale, Strongbow Cider, Guinness, Harp, and Coors), wine, and cocktails (hot chocolate and Bailey's, hot apple cider and rum, and margaritas) ranging from $5 - $7. Credit cards are accepted here. It's quite a selection.

There is a separate food stand/cart offering hot dogs, bratwurst, hamburgers, sausages, bbq sandwiches, grilled chicken ($6 - $7) as well as candy, snacks and non alcoholic beverages.

The Try Club is an indoor full sized bar that is part of the event center and is open during rugby matches. For those in the United States not familiar with rugby, a goal in rugby is called a try, hence the name of the club/bar.

There's a wide variety of food and drink options and one won't go hungry or thirsty at a Raptors rugby game.

Except for sealed bottles of water, outside food and drink are not allowed in the venue.

Atmosphere    4

There is just one gate for fans to enter the facility with the ticket booth right outside that entrance. All seating is general admission so sit wherever you want and move around to get different perspectives of the match and the pitch (field).

The seating area is on three sides of the field, is concrete, and is mostly in the sun for day games. There are banisters for assistance with moving up and down the seating area. If it's a sunny Colorado spring afternoon, sit on the south side (the first side you reach when entering the park) or behind the goal as those seating sections get the shade first. It is highly advised to bring a cushion and sun screen when watching a match in Glendale. The south side seating also offers a breath taking view of the snow capped Rocky Mountains. And, the south side seems to be the best place to watch the game for those in a wheelchair as steps are not needed in some sections. It is also the side where the player dugouts are located.

It appears the 'home side' is the north side as this is the area that has the Try Club and the side from which the players enter the field. The radio announcer is positioned on this side and if you are not familiar with the game, try sitting close to him as you may be able to get some tips about the game. There is an upper walkway on this side (this is where the Try Club is located) which has drink rails and fans can stand and watch the game from this level.

There are a few tables with chairs and umbrellas on the halfway line on the north side but those are located field level on the concourse and do not appear to be an adequate place to watch the action on the field.

The scoreboard/video board is clear and crisp. It shows the score and provides replays and shots of the crowd.

The music volume level at a rugby match at Infinity Field is perfect. Loud enough where you can hear what song selections are being played, soft enough where you can hear the players and coaches talking and guiding each other on the field, soft enough where you can talk with your friends and neighbors without having to yell at them, and it's not played when the announcer is talking so you can actually hear the call of the play. More sports venues in Colorado should 'take a listen' to how it's done so successfully at Infinity Park.

During the match, the PA announcer explains the plays that occurred and the player(s) involved so a fan understands what happens during the play of the game. It's nicely done and extremely appreciated.

Neighborhood    3

Glendale, an urban neighborhood just outside of Denver, is located just five or six miles southeast of downtown Denver in the Cherry Creek shopping district area. Surrounding Infinity Park are many apartments, condominiums, shopping centers, and office buildings.

Activities close by (though not walking distance) are the Denver Zoo, the Cherry Creek shopping mall, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. There are several golf courses in the nearby area, as well.

Within walking distance of Infinity Park are several places to eat and/or drink before or after the match. The Bull and Bush Brewery is a local brewery and offers a wide selection of food items. It reminds me of what I think an English pub would be like. Caitlin's (breakfast and lunch - great place for families with kids), Chili's (sports bar and grill), and ModMarket (healthy and fresh food offerings) are also within walking distance.

Recommended hotels to stay at that are walking distance to Infinity Park include Hyatt Place, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. There are plenty more hotels available greater than ˝ mile from the park.

The area is safe to walk in and around.

And, it's not too far (five or so miles) from the Pepsi Center and Coors Field so there's a chance for some doubleheaders with a Nuggets, Avalanche, Mammoth, or early season Rockies game.

Fans    3

The fans are very supportive of their Raptors and the game of rugby. They cheer appropriately at great plays and tries (goals). One nice thing to see is the fans are there to watch the game; not for any of the other frivolous activities seen at so many other sports in the United States.

It's a family friendly environment so be sure to bring the clan with you when attending a Raptors game.

Access    4

The venue can be reached by car or by public transportation. If going by car, there is a parking lot across from the park that is free of charge (corner of E Kentucky Ave and S Cherry St). If going by public transportation, take the RTD Light Rail to the Colorado Station then transfer to the Route 46 bus which drops you off right at the park.

Fans can leave the stadium and have the ability to re-enter without any issues. Just be sure to get your hand stamped when exiting. Bags are searched when entering the stadium.

The concourse is not wide especially when traveling behind the goal between the two sidelines but it does not need to be as pedestrian traffic moves just fine. There is one set of restrooms for each gender and they are sufficient for the crowds.

The closest airport is Denver International Airport and is about 25 miles (35 - 40 min) from the park.

Return on Investment    5

It is $6 to watch a match. The day of this review was a doubleheader (both the Barbarians and the Raptors played a match) so two games for $6. The venue offers free days where there's no charge to watch the match. The tickets themselves are not the traditional tickets made of sturdy paper/cardboard. Instead, the receipt has a bar code and that's your ticket. It's different but makes sense as seating is general admission. Be sure to pick up a roster sheet when purchasing your ticket.

The food and drink prices are below average compared to other Denver sports venues.

Parking is free.

And, it provides a fun afternoon out and is a thrilling sport to watch.

Extras    4

There's a souvenir shop called The Shopping Maul and has rugby and Raptors polo shirts, t-shirts, sweat shirts, rugby balls, and trinkets. It does not have pennants or hat pins but does have Raptors key chains which can easily be turned into a hat pin.

A Wall of Championship is on the north side of the building and recognizes the men's, women's, and high school state championships, runners up, and national championship years.

Adjacent to the south side seating area, there's a kids play area of only grass and a couple of benches for adults to sit. Kids play wiffle ball, toss a football, run, laugh, roll around and have a good time playing when sitting for two hours for a match just gets too much.

Extra credit for how pleasant the low music level is during the rugby game and how the park focuses its attention to the game.

Final Thoughts

Rugby does not even rank in the top 10 sports watched in the United States. And that's too bad because at Infinity Park, it's about the game and the players. It is an affordable and entertaining place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Even if you don't know the rules, head to Glendale for a delightful afternoon game of rugby.

Fan

Meg, very interesting review of a sport I've never watched. I'll definitely try to make my way down to the park for a game sometime soon.

by sabernat | Mar 28, 2015 09:52 AM

Basic spectator guide

Try this pdf for a rugby spectator guide: http://www.whatisrugby.com/rugby-101/spectators-guide/

by megminard | Mar 29, 2015 04:11 PM

2015 Champions

The Glendale Raptors became the 2015 PRP League Champions yesterday at Infinity Park with a 25 - 11 final score over the San Francisco Golden Gate.

by megminard | May 17, 2015 11:03 AM

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