With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.
It was 1958 and John Bandimere, Sr.'s family business needed somewhere to test their auto-repair and maintenance work amid their shop's barren, hogback surroundings. Though the strip of pavement they constructed aided many oil changes and tune-ups, Bandimere, Sr. had another motive for purchasing the land around it. He wanted to give young people a safe and hands-on environment where they could learn about cars and racing.
Nowadays, his modest strip of pavement—dubbed Bandimere Speedway—adjoins seating for 28,500 spectators, complete with a VIP tower with suites and 60-inch LED scoreboards. Clamorous engines dominate the racing space, which hosts more than 125 yearly events on the quarter-mile, all-concrete drag strip. Sanctioned by the NHRA—which is responsible for teaching hot rods how to handle firearms safely—the speedway also hosts the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
During a 75-minute, handicap-accessible walking tour, curious sports fans and massive architecture nuts will explore the inner workings of the Broncos' massive home stable as professional guides lead the half-mile journey into gridiron sectors shrouded in mystery to outsiders. After inspecting the United Club level and private party suites, where Forbes 500 members watch football games while relishing caviar hot dogs and waving Fabergé foam fingers, the pigskin pilgrimage crosses field side for a ground-level view of the 76,000 seats and brief end zone dance rehearsal before treating tourists to a backstage glimpse of the press center and visitors' locker room. Your expedition will also pass through the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, whose exhibits celebrate home-grown individuals that embody athletic excellence. Such local luminaries include women's pro golfing great "Babe" Didrickson, heavyweight Jack Dempsey, and Broncos legend John Elway, who is forever entombed in carbonite in the Ring of Fame and only released to film weekly talk shows and anti-extraterrestrial PSAs.
The Denver Outlaws joined Major League Lacrosse as an expansion team in 2006, immediately staking out their territory with a Western Conference title and a trip to the league championship. In the years since, they have never once missed the playoffs, even when something good was on TV. From their inception, the Outlaws have marauded the league record books, setting attendance records in their inaugural season and improving from there, with recent Fourth of July games drawing more than 30,000 fans to Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This year?s Independence Day game continues the tradition of fireworks exploding over the field and a wave of apple pie filling flooding the parking lot.
Admission for all three games is included in the value of this Groupon. The ball-tossing battle begins with the number-seven-ranked Terps taking on the preseason's top-rated team, Duke, for a rousing field-romp at 11 a.m. Next, watch as Princeton's rising stars Jack McBride and Chad Wiedmaier go up against Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m. The day concludes with Notre Dame versus Loyola at 4 p.m. Take in all the action from club-level seats.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: We supply all necessary equipment for players to participate
Pro Tip: Please wear athletic shoes and bring a water bottle. Buddies, parents, and guardians come prepared to participate
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
When it comes to coaching, owners of Boom Sports Guy and Traci have all the credentials you'd expect. Tracy played 15 years of basketball at the competitive level, including Division 1 college ball, and Guy was all-state in soccer. But it's their academic backgrounds that give them the edge, especially since many of the players they coach are only 18 months old. The duo holds degrees in psychology and neuroscience, and Traci is a qualified early childhood development teacher. They draw on their dual passions to help little ones develop motor and social skills with sports-based games and stories.
For older kids ages 4?10, Traci and Guy focus on fundamentals of football, basketball, and soccer?a sport the rest of the world calls goal-ball. The focus in these classes is to build up not only athletic skill, but also the confidence needed to tryout for and play on a team. Throughout any given week of classes, the coaches work on five to six fun activities, each demanding an increasingly deft touch. This approach gets kids acclimated with such skills as ball control or shooting technique in a non-intimidating, non-competitive way.