Glendale, Colorado is RugbyTown USA
Year after year, hundreds of rugby teams from across the world make RugbyTown USA their destination. Celebrating more than a decade as the epicenter of American rugby, the vision of Glendale, Colorado city leaders has earned the title of RugbyTown USA. Infinity Park, the first rugby-specific stadium in the country, is more than a treat for Colorado’s rugby fans, players, and coaches: it’s a leader for the sport’s national and international community.
From the very beginning, RugbyTown USA’s ultimate goal has been to grow the game of rugby in the United States. One of the largest steps towards achieving that goal came in June 2020 when Infinity Park was named the National Training Center for the United States Men’s and Women’s Eagles XVs teams. The partnership provides both XVs programs with something they’ve never had – a place dedicated for them to meet and train. The elevated partnership between the City of Glendale and USA Rugby means that fans will have the chance to enjoy more international test rugby matches at Infinity Park as well.
Critical to maintaining its status as America’s rugby capital is the city’s dedication to developing the sport at the youth level. Glendale Youth Rugby offers a tangible pathway to embrace the sport from kindergarten to the international level. RugbyTown USA is a beacon for the sport, a haven where the top domestic talent can develop. With second-to-none facilities, staff, coaches, and players, Glendale’s Infinity Park remains the pinnacle of American rugby.
Exceptional talent and facilities also attract multiple national and international tournaments to RugbyTown USA, including the Collegiate 7s National Championships, the USA Rugby Club Championships, and Infinity Park’s signature annual event: the RugbyTown 7s Tournament. Featuring top national, international, and military talent, the annual August showdown sees teams vie for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize. In 2018, RugbyTown became the only U.S. stop on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, bringing world class women’s rugby to Infinity Park.
The Story of RugbyTown Rising
The dream behind connecting the diverse Glendale community into rugby was proving to be a success by 2009.
With the completion of the stadium at Infinity Park under their belts, Mike Dunafon and newly formed Raptors organization had taken a big step toward incorporating rugby into the community.
The year was 1978 and fortuitous happenstance – some may even call it Fate – found Mike Dunafon on the Caribbean island paradise of Tortola being introduced to rugby.