Broncos won’t rename stadium after Pat Bowlen


After Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s death last week, some in Denver have proposed honoring him by changing the name of the team’s stadium to Pat Bowlen Field at Mile High.

At a Monday press conference, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis was asked about that possibility. Ellis said that such a change was not in the team’s plans.

“Sometimes when I look at things that involve Pat personally . . . I try to think of what he would want. I don’t think he would want that so I don’t think we’re going to do that,” Ellis said, via Kyle Fredrickson of the Denver Post.

There is a statue of Bowlen outside the stadium, which is currently called Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but Sports Authority went out of business in 2016 and the old signage was removed last year.

The Broncos will wear a helmet decal honoring Bowlen this season and plan tributes at multiple games, including the first home game of the regular season.

10 responses to “Broncos won’t rename stadium after Pat Bowlen

  1. I was at first cynical until you mentioned the actual name. I thought the decision was in favor of soliciting millions for naming rights from a corporate entity. If he wasn’t the guy looking to be plastered all over everything, the respect it. Some people actually do not lack humility.

  2. upperdecker19 says:
    June 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    Translation – we can’t make money off of that….


    Real Translation – He would have wanted us to milk everything we had for as much as we can.

  3. I’m not sure how or why Joe Ellis got to where he is today. I’m not sure about what he even does. But I’m pretty sure it’s all because of Pat Bowlen. Pretty sure he thinks he owns the place about now.

  4. Naming stadiums, highways, trophies is a slippery slope. In my opinion the worst example of having a name stuck on something is the Super Bowl trophy. It is forever desecrated by having that gawd awful Lombardi name attached to it. Remove that name and call it the Super Bowl Trophy!

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