At the heart of the city.
Set just a few miles south of downtown Denver in Glendale, Colorado, Infinity Park is a 16-acre, multi-use, indoor-outdoor entertainment hub for the entire Denver metro area. Most prominently, Infinity Park is the home to the now professional Glendale Raptors Rugby Team and newly branded amateur Glendale Merlins Rugby Club. However, as Infinity Park continues to grow, it becomes interwoven into the cultural fabric of Colorado in innumerable ways—as an event space, as a place for family fun, as a place that advances the health and fitness of Coloradans of all ages.
The Active Life at Infinity Park in Glendale
Infinity Park, the first rugby-specific stadium in the U.S., covers eight city blocks. At the heart is the rugby field, called a “pitch,” which is the home to Glendale’s men’s and women’s rugby teams. Measuring 70 meters by 100 meters, the pitch was designed to look good and perform well amid the action above: The 9-inch sand base field supports natural gross sod, which is reinforced with polypropylene fibers. Stadium lighting allows matches at any time of day. In addition to Raptors and Merlins games, Infinity Park hosts multiple open tournaments every year.
Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and follows only soccer at the international level. Nearly 100 years older than American football, rugby has a storied tradition behind it. Its fast, fun gameplay, especially evident in the “7s” variant of the game, bodes well for the sport’s future. In 2016 Rugby returned to the Olympics, an acknowledgement of its surging popularity.
The rugby program serves as the cornerstone for a variety of fitness-oriented outlets in Infinity Park. The Glendale Sports Center located adjacent to the rugby stadium, delivers the experience of a high-priced gym at a fraction of the price. Community members take full advantage of the full-size basketball court, personal trainers, sports leagues, fitness and dance classes, and luxurious locker rooms.
Youth programs are among the most popular offerings at Infinity Park. The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy runs Colorado’s only year-round program. Children as young as 5 and as old as 18 learn the basics of the world’s second most popular sport, developing confidence, teamwork, and fitness along the way.
Infinity Park: Be at the center of everything
True to the founding vision, in which it becomes not just a sporting mecca but also a gathering place for many community activities, Infinity Park continues to build year-round programming.
Movies under the stars at Infinity Park has become a Colorado summer tradition. Everyone can enjoy the magic of watching a movie outside, as each movie selection is suitable for all ages. Movie-goers line up for the gates to open, picnic basket in hand, or ready to enjoy food provided by vendors.
In a display of fun community engagement, organizers poll the community for their movie preferences before setting the schedule. With attendance passing more than 2,000 for each showing, Movie Madness is one of the most popular free events on the Front Range.
The Event Center is a sophisticated destination for meetings, trade shows, social galas, non-profit gatherings, weddings and fashion shows. With four outdoor spaces and four indoor spaces, totaling 145,150 square feet, Infinity Park can accommodate up to 13,223 outside and 1,495 inside. Infinity Park provides endless possibilities to make a lasting impression.
The sport embodies Glendale. Glendale is a small town amid a major metropolitan area. Despite its seemingly small stature, Glendale has a big personality, and has built itself to reflect that, while remaining grounded in who it is. Glendale values hard work, creativity, and dedication to the task at hand—values expressed in rugby’s tough-yet-elegant ethos. The game is inclusive, welcoming men and women, young and old, to watch and to play. It challenges the mind and the body, and it is a true team sport—it’s a sport of shared victory, not superstars.
- The result is something we call RugbyTown USA.
- It’s the attitude, the character, the “this is who we are.”
- It’s teamwork, grit, and celebration.
- It’s vision, execution, and excellence.
- It’s a long-term vision with day-to-day implications for everyone
“Every great city in America features a location that serves as a central point of contact,” says Glendale Mayor, Mike Dunafon. “The possibilities are endless for the events that this new complex can host. The single eight-block area in the heart of the city will serve as a natural, unifying hub for all of the everyday community activities in Glendale.”
Infinity Park was the first piece of Glendale’s vision. As the focal point and flagship of the project’s initial phase, it has quickly become a hub of social and athletic activity. But that’s just the beginning. As Infinity Park continues to build a tradition on rugby and community, its success and its distinctive character will permeate other endeavors, big and small, that will take place throughout Glendale, Colorado. RugbyTown USA is something we are proud of and it’s something we’re happy to share.
Infinity Park Team
Director of Stadium Operations
Kieran Nelson is a Colorado native who spent her college years in the Pacific Northwest. She has been Director of Stadium Operations since 2009 and has produced hundreds of local, national and international rugby, community and private events. Kieran and her husband, Mike, share their home with daughter Madeline and a menagerie of assorted animals.
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Manager of Stadium Operations
Michael has worked in guest relations and event management in and around Denver for the past 16 years since moving from Atlanta. Michael was a member of the guest relations team here at Infinity Park for 4 years before joining the stadium operations team in 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia State University. When not working Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids and tries to attend as many sports events as possible.
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Justin has been a part of the local craft beer industry since moving to Denver in 2011. Before relocating to the Mile High city, he managed operations for the Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo Rockets, and events at the Huntington Center in Ohio. Justin and his wife, Kristin, are pop culture aficionados who love their two Dutch Shepherd rescues.
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