Infinity Park’s rugby stadium: A showcase for tournaments
Infinity Park’s stadium was built specifically for the great game of rugby. The venue’s grand state-of-the-art design showcases the sport on a scale that is unmatched in this country. It has transformed the little town of Glendale, Colo. into Rugbytown USA, a go-to destination for a variety of exciting rugby tournaments from all over the U.S. and from the world of international rugby.
7s rugby — the newest Olympic sport — has become a popular sensation featuring fast-paced, seven-on-seven, 15-minute matches. Infinity Park annually hosts the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens and Armed Forces Sevens tournaments in the summer.
2012 was the fifth year that the national Men’s Club National Championships were held at Infinity Park. Hometown fans were especially thrilled in 2011 when Glendale won the trophy as national champs. The USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-Stars battled at Infinity Park from 2008-2011 and the Women’s Collegiate All-Star 15s Championship was here in June.
The prestigious international Churchill Cup tournament was played for two consecutive years with sold-out crowds cheering on at Infinity Park in 2009 and 2010. In the summer of 2008 there was the North American 4, featuring the top two Canadian and top two U.S. teams.
The USA-Canada match was played at Infinity Park as a precursor to the Rugby World Cup 2011, and the Eagles beat the Georgia national team here last June.
Infinity Park is the only municipally owned rugby stadium in the U.S. Much of the funding for Infinity Park came from a lodgers tax passed by the city of Glendale. Mayor Mike Dunafon says that the rugby tournaments hosted by Infinity Park bring guests to the hotels that helped to build it.
“This is another example of how the lodgers tax is working to benefit the game of rugby in conjunction with our Glendale hotels. Rugbytown USA is about how it all comes together for the sport, the city and the community,” says Dunafon.