Good morning, Broncos Country!
If you missed it earlier this week, it was announced that the MLB All-Star game is headed back to Coors Field.
It’s obviously great news for baseball fans in Denver, Colorado and across the region. It’s even better news for businesses in and around Coors Field that have been crushed by COVID-19. But it’s also potentially great news for the Denver Broncos.
The Colorado Rockies last hosted the All-Star game in 1998. The Colorado Avalanche hosted the NHL All-Star game in 2001, the same season the Avs won the Stanley Cup. That’s the last time the eyes of the sporting world were on Denver like that. Yes, there were the four years of Peyton “Freaking” Manning and two Super Bowl appearances, but nothing like an All-Star game.
Think about that. It’s been 20 years since Denver was a centerpiece of attention. In terms of the Rockies, the development we see around Coors Field wasn’t there. A lot has changed in Denver. It’s always been a great city, but there’s no doubt it’s better than it was 20 years ago.
How far has Denver come since the last MLB All-Star Game at @Rockies Coors Field??? Check out the wide open space in front of Union Station ... and the overall shorter skyline of 1998. CREDIT: TOM BYRNAS @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/fU5fH3XoNy— Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) April 7, 2021
How does that help the Broncos?
It’s no secret the franchise wants to host the NFL draft and even a Super Bowl. We can probably rule out the Super Bowl since it’s unlikely the league will play the game in a cold-weather city again. So that leaves the draft. MLB sending it’s all stars to Denver certainly won’t hurt the Broncos’ prospects. After the festivities have concluded, Joe Ellis can go to Roger Goodell and say, “We can have that in Denver with the draft. Only it would be even bigger.”
As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the MHR Radio Podcast, you could host draft festivities at Civic Center Park and even Red Rocks. And there’s no doubt fans would turn out in droves. No matter what happens, this is Broncos Country.
So while it’s exciting that Denver once again gets to play host to the MLB All-Star game, it could lead to the city hosting the NFL draft in the near future. Of course, it would help if the Broncos get back to their winning ways. When that happens, there’s no doubt Denver and the fans will win again.
Each Saturday, I do a segment on Denver radio station ESPN 1600 AM. This week, alongside Denver Post sports columnist Sean Keeler, we talk the draft and what the Broncos do at No. 9.
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