On March 5, 1990, the Denver Broncos moved into the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, the stateof-the-art headquarters for the National Football League team. The complex is named for the Broncos owner’s late father and is the culmination of Pat Bowlen’s desire to maximize a positive working environment for his team, which won back-to-back World Championships with victories in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. The Broncos recently completed a $4 million renovation and expansion project, upgrading the facility to make it one of the premier complexes in all of professional sports. The construction project includes:
The Broncos’ facility—situated on 13.5 acres in the rapidly expanding Dove Valley Business Park in south Arapahoe County—also includes an administrative building and three full-size practice fields to go along with the Conditioning Center.
The Bowlen Broncos Centre is a two-story building totaling 90,000 square feet, well over three times the size of the team’s previous facility. The ground floor houses the main entry, visitor’s area, trophy display area and media room, in addition to the football-related facilities, which encompass the locker room, meeting rooms, training area, weight room, equipment room and video department.
It is on the second level, which is accessible through two stairways adjacent to the lobby area, that most of the administrative offices are located. These include the offices for Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and Joe Ellis, as well as those of all assistant coaches and football operations personnel. The second floor is divided into one wing for administrative offices and another for coaches and player personnel. The Broncos’ extensive computer operation also is located on the second floor. The Bowlen Centre also includes a separate building that houses two racquetball courts for training and leisure use by players and staff members, as well as a team store.
There is ample practice space available for use by the Broncos on the three fields, two with natural grass surfaces and one with FieldTurf™, completed in June 2003. FieldTurf™ is a synthetic blade surface with a rubber and sand infill. One of the two grass fields has a unique design system that includes underground wiring to prevent the turf from freezing and thus allows the Broncos to practice year-round on unfrozen natural grass.