45,102 fans came out to see the Denver Gold's inaugural game against the Philadelphia Stars on March 6, 1983.
In an effort to attract fans, the Gold announced a policy:  if after one quarter of football you don't like the USFL, we'll refund your money.
Less than 1% of those attending the game took the Gold up on the offer.
The game was less than stellar however, as neither offense did much in a 13-7 loss to the Stars.
The Gold averaged over 40,000 fans per game in 1983, and the city was rewarded for their patronage when the league announced its inaugural championship game would be held at Mile High Stadium.

Built in 1948 and known as Bears Stadium for the first twenty years of its existence, Denver's Mile High Stadium was originally built by Bob Howsam with minor league baseball in mind.  Denver's Bears (1948-84) and Zephyrs (1985-92) brought AAA baseball to town, but by the late 1950's Howsam wanted more.  In an effort to gain a franchise in Branch Rickey's aborted Continental League, the stadium underwent its first expansion.  When the CL concept didn't take off, Howsam suddenly found himself with a major league level stadium - but not a major league level team to fill it.  Fortunately his timing couldn't have been better.

The American Football League was forming, and Howsam and his family was awarded the Denver franchise, which became the Broncos.  While Howsam would divest himself of his sports-related properties the following year, he had lit Denver's major league fuse.  By the 1970's Mile High Stadium was owned by the City of Denver and had a capacity of nearly 80,000 - and had been converted into a unique multi-purpose stadium capable of hosting both baseball and football without significantly compromising seating for either sport.

In 1980's the Denver Gold were among the USFL's early success stories in terms of attendance, while in the 1990's Howsam's dream came true as the Colorado Rockies expansion team began its history with two years at Mile High before moving into its own facility.  By 1999 however Mile High was beginning to show signs of age, and a new, replacement facility was built next door.  In January 2002, Mile High was demolished to accommodate parking for the new stadium.


Denver, Colorado


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