The Professional Sports Teams of Denver

When a person talks about Denver, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think about the mountains, the forests, and the various landscapes, or maybe you think about the famous seafood or dumplings, but if you are a sports fan then we can guarantee that you think about some of the professional sports teams that represent the city. For all the things that Denver is popular for, their sports teams are high on the list. If you are thinking of heading to Denver and want to know the top professional sports team that Denver has to offer, then read on below for our list and history of the ones not to miss!

Denver Nuggets

Denver’s very own professional basketball team comes in the form of the Denver Nuggets. After launching in 1967, under the initial name of the Denver Larks, then to the Denver Rockets after less than a year, the Nuggets have, unfortunately, had limited success during their existence, having not won a single Championship title in either the ABA nor the NBA. They also have the added record of being one of the only original teams that made up part of the ABA, to not reach a single final in the NBA. The Denver Nuggets finally settled on this name in 1974, but they have struggled to gain momentum in professional basketball, even after a large number of team changes, particularly in the later 2000’s and 2010’s. In the early 2000’s the Nuggets were making headlines for all the wrong reasons, after they continuously endured huge loss after huge loss, making records with how many games were being consecutively lost. This terrible period of play was blamed on how unstable the ownership was and how uncertain the future looked for the club, this was finally all put to rest in 2000 when the club was sold to businessman Stan Kroenke, who guaranteed the club would stay in Denver. The current team is full of younger players such as Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic, and while the team is still having limited success, the youth of the team is helping the improvement in play.

You might be surprised to learn that the Pepsi Center, famous for a large number of music concerts being held there each year, is also the home stadium for the Denver Nuggets. The stadium is located at 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver and has a capacity for basketball of just over nineteen thousand.

Colorado Rockies

The city’s baseball team the Colorado Rockies is a relatively new team compared to many of the other professional baseball teams, having only started playing in 1993; they were the first baseball team to play professionally for Denver and have had a fairly “rocky” history. In the beginning, the Colorado Rockies played well and were somewhat at an advantage when playing at home; due to Denver being at a high elevation thus causing thinner air and a dry climate, this meant that the team were able to use these unique conditions to hit plenty of home runs and play strong often ending with consistently high scores. However, this all changed in 2002, when the club started to store their balls in a way that counteracted the effects of the dry Denver air, the air was causing the balls to dry up and become to light, but this change also affected their advantage and their playing power worsened. The team has struggled through each year, not offering the fans the results they always hoped for. Woefully, the Rockies have never been able to win any Championships in the MLB and lost four games to nil during their first appearance in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox in 2007.

In the Downtown area of Denver at 2001 Blake Street, you will find the home stadium for the Rockies, the stadium is called Coors Field and has been their home since 1995.

Denver Broncos

The football team of Denver, namely the Broncos, have had their fair share of success since the team was created in 1960. The Broncos have been based in Denver since the beginning, and although on paper it seems as they have done well, it took a number of years before the club was able to reap the rewards of their hard work. Originally, the Broncos were members of the American Football League, starting from 1960, and during the ten years that the AFL was in existence, the Broncos played poorly and came last in the league six times in those ten years, actually managing to have the worst results on record for any of the original AFL teams. Nevertheless, things started looking up once the NFL was established and in the 1970’s, and the Broncos have managed to play in eight Super Bowls between 1977 and 2015, with their qualifying in 1977 being the first time they had made it to the playoffs since the club began. Out of the eight times they have qualified for the Super Bowl, they have won three times; in 1997, 1998, and 2015, with the first two wins being largely due to their new star quarterback John Elway, who would be a key player for the team during his whole sixteen-year career at the club.

Currently, the Dencer Broncos play their home games at the stadium known as Empower Field at Mile High, although since the stadium opened in 2001, it has undergone no fewer than three name changes. The Mile High in the name is in reference to the fact that the city of Denver sits at such a high elevation and, therefore, the stadium does also. You can visit the stadium yourself which is located at 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver.

The sports teams of Denver haven’t always had the best of luck but that doesn’t mean they are not worth watching! There are plenty of fans in and out of the city who can give you a hundred reasons why they are some of the best teams to support or watch, so check them out and decide for yourself!

As you can see, there are plenty of great options to choose from, whether you want the height of luxury or just a passing visit, they all have you covered. If you’re flying out of DIA and need Denver airport parking, we got you covered!

The Professional Sports Teams of Atlanta

When someone mentions Atlanta there are probably several things that come to mind, perhaps the musical history associated with the city, maybe the impact Atlanta had during the civil rights movement, or even their infamous airport; one thing we all think of for sure, however, is the number of professional sports teams that represent the city. If you are a sports fan, and you are visiting Atlanta then you most certainly don’t want to miss out on seeing some of the top teams play or getting involved in the history that surrounds them. Check out our guide below with all the information you need on the top teams in the city!

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks is the city’s greatest and most popular basketball team competing in the NBA as part of the Eastern Conference. Despite now being Atlanta’s team, the Hawkes were formed in 1948 and it would be another twenty-two years before the team was sold to Georgia and officially made the Atlanta Hawks. Officially, the team started off in the city of Buffalo in New York, under the name the Buffalo Bisons, however, this last for only a little over a month before the team was moved to Illinois, and given the new name of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. Shortly after this move, the NBA was created, and the team struggled for years t make any kind of headway in the league. So, in search of greater success, in 1951 the team was moved once again to Milwaukee, where their team name was also changed to be just ‘Hawks’. Unfortunately, the success that everyone was hoping for never came and in 1955 the team was moved yet again to St. Louis in Missouri where they played for the next thirteen years.

Finally, the Hawks started to make an impression in the basketball world, and had much greater success than before, despite only winning the NBA Championship once in 1958, the Hawks were still consistently in the top teams of the league year after year while being in Missouri. The team made their fourth and final move to Atlanta in 1968, when the owner at the time Ben Kerner was fed up with the small and unmaintained stadium that the team played at in Missouri. The Hawks were sold to a real estate developer in Atlanta, where they have stayed ever since. The Hawks have never had a huge amount of success in Atlanta, having won the NBA, and made the final four times all while playing in St. Louis.

The home stadium of the Atlanta Hawks is the State Farm Arena which has recently undergone a huge renovation, and can be found at the following address; 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves

No city is complete without a professional baseball team, and that’s where the Atlanta Braves come in. The club was first formed in 1871 and has played as Atlanta’s team since 1966. Before its residence in Atlanta, the Braves previously played in Milwaukee, and in Boston before that. Due to the Brave’s long history, they have managed to take the title of being the only major league team that exists today to have played in every single professional baseball season since the inception of the MLB in 1869. The club had huge success in their early days winning the world series in 1914 as the Boston Braves and consistently playing to a high standard.

Their success started to dwindle, however, and with the rise of the Boston Red Sox, it was accepted that the Braves were no longer good enough to compete for Boston. Therefore, in 1952 the team was moved to Milwaukee and once again started well, eventually winning another world series in 1957, but it still wasn’t enough to keep attendance high so the decision was finally made for the team to be moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves went on to win the world series for the third time in Atlanta in 1995, and despite a history of ups and downs, the team has reached a more stable and consistent success.

The Braves currently play their games at SunTrust Park, having moved there from Turner Field in 2017. The stadium is located at 755 Battery Avenue, Cobb County, Atlanta.

Atlanta Falcons

A football team for Atlanta was first established in 1965, and the team that went on to be called the Atlanta Falcons was established in 1966 then joining the NFL in the same year, the team has been located in Atlanta since its inception. This was the first football team to be established in Atlanta, who at the time, thought it was a good idea to start pursuing success in the NFL, and the NFL was hopeful that the Atlanta Falcons could bring popularity to, what was a new league. The road to success was a long one, however, and it was thirty- three years before the Falcons finally won a Championship. The team had very few positive results until that point, having spent year after year losing most games, and coming in the bottom half of the leagues. It wasn’t even until the mid-seventies when they finally managed to acquire a star player (Steve Bartkowski), who helped the team start to make headway in the league, but it still wasn’t enough and the Falcons continued their losing streak for the next couple of decades. They managed to pull it out the bag once again in 2017 and win another Championship, but the team has been suffering from injuries ever since, they missed the playoffs in 2018, and are yet to make an impression since the win two years ago.

Games for the Atlanta Falcons are played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium situated at 1 AMB Drive North West, Atlanta. For American football, the stadium has a capacity of just over seventy thousand.

Atlanta is already full of many wonderful sights to see and places to visit, but making time to experience the atmosphere of one of Atlanta’s professional sports teams in action is definitely worth it!

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The Professional Sports Teams of Chicago

Chicago is undoubtedly a popular city for people to visit, and we are sure that it is on the list of places to see for a lot of keen travelers; there is a fantastic atmosphere in the city, and the wonderful food and architecture make it all the better. One of the biggest aspects that draws many people to the city, however, is the list of infamous professional sports teams that are known all around the world. Sports play a huge role in the city, and you will seldom meet a person who lives there who doesn’t spend a large number of hours each year watching their team in action, whether at home or in person. So, read on to find out the best bits of some of Chicago’s greatest sports teams.

Chicago Bulls

Arguably one of the most famous basketball teams in America, the Chicago Bulls have had huge amounts of success in their history, with Michael Jordan potentially being their biggest star to date, leading them to achieve great things during the 90’s, and in turn, have garnered a huge number of fans. In 1966, the club formed and was the first professional basketball team for the city. They started out strong, setting the record for the most amount of game wins for an expansion team during their first season. This was short-lived, and during the seventies and early eighties, the Bull’s playing could be described as average at best, qualifying for the playoffs during these years but they never made it past the first round except for twice. Michael Jordan joined the club in 1984, but he wasn’t an immediate hit, the Bulls didn’t suddenly have a change of luck and the mediocrity continued. It took the addition of a new player (Scottie Pippen) who played in harmony with Jordan, and a new coach before the Bulls started to see results. The team finally came together and the results were huge, during the nineties the Chicago Bulls won the NBA finals six times. Michael Jordan quit in the mid-nineties and returned before quitting basketball again in the late nineties, and unfortunately, the club’s success was never the same again; Jordan was truly a key player in the team and in the world of basketball. Since then the Bulls have had highs and lows, going through several spells of struggling to it to the playoffs, but always managing to qualify once again. It’s true that they have never reached close to the triumphs that they experienced in the nineties but they are a strong-willed team that have never lost sight of winning again.

The Chicago balls currently play at the United Center, a stadium named after United Airlines who are their sponsor. It is located at 1901 West Madison Street in Chicago, and on the east side of the stadium you can check out a statue of Michael Jordan!

Chicago Bears

If you are interested in the NFL then you will have heard about the Chicago Bears a thousand times, having won a Super Bowl and eight Championships in the NFL during their history, the Bears are one most successful American Football teams to ever exist. Originally, the team was called the Decatur Staleys when it was established in 1920, named after the area Decatur, and the founder A. Staley. After just one year, Staley gave the club to the coach George Halas, and the name of the team was changed to the Bear in 1922. Throughout the next thirty years, the Bears had a strong team, being lead to victory by the likes of Sid Luckman and Bronko Nagurski for seven of their eight NFL Championships during the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. The Chicago Bears have had a varying amount of success since all these years ago, they have gone through years of not making the playoffs, and other years of achieving better results, even winning the Super Bowl in 1985. The team has undergone many changes over the years with not only the players but also the coaches, and in 2018 a new head coach was appointed after the Bears suffered four consecutive years of huge game losses. The new head coach Matt Nagy has already had a positive impact on the team and it looks like the Bears will finally start having more wins than losses.

If you are interested in visiting the stadium or catching a game then head to Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, to see their home ground for yourself!

Chicago Cubs

Nicknamed the Cubbies, the Cubs are Chicago’s professional baseball team. The team was first formed in 1876, and despite being around for a long time, the team have experienced an underwhelming amount of success; however, despite only winning the world series three times in the last 143 years, in 1907, 1908, and 2016, the club is noted to have an extremely loyal base, and still holds a high level of popularity among baseball fans. Since its establishment, the team has gone through a few names, including the Orphans, Colts, and White Stockings, before eventually settling on the Cubs in 1903. Their early victories gave them the record for the first team in the NBL to win in consecutive years and was a huge part of the Cub’s popularity. However, after these early years, the Cubs went on to play some of the worst baseball in the league year and year, and they ending up earning the record for going the longest amount of time between winning a world series with theirs being 108 years since their most recent win and the win before that. It is clear that the Cubs and the fans have gone through hundreds of disappointments and losses during their time, but neither the team nor the fans ever lose faith.

Chicago is not only one of the best cities to visit for pizza, history or architecture fans, it is also one of the greatest cities in the country for sports fans where, no matter your sports preference, you are guaranteed to have a good time.

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