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Top Tailgating Lots In & Around Denver

Tailgating is an art form that has cultivated a rousing tradition. Each venue, each concert and every fan celebrates their joy of the moment differently. When you tailgate at a venue's parking lot, you can expect to find a community that comes together with food, merchandise, music and spectacle. Denver has some of the best tailgating parking lots in the nation – grab the grill, some brats and cold beer and check them out.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheater 
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
(720) 865-2494

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Not only is Red Rocks Amphitheater one of the best venues in Colorado, it's one of the best in the world. Sitting proud, overlooking Denver, Red Rocks has a myriad of parking areas that cater to the classic tailgater. There is something magical about tailgating at Red Rocks – like a festival within itself. Enjoy food and drinks with friends in one of the most beautiful settings you'll find around before heading up the ramp and stairs for the main show. Parking areas are all on premises––the attendents will direct you to the closest open lots–– and there are usually porta-potties on each lot for those in need. Here's a tip: leave yourself lots of time when you get to Red Rocks; the walk from some of the parking areas to the stage is deceptively long, and it's always uphill.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
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Sports Authority Field at Mile High
1701 Mile High Stadium Cir.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 258-3000

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No matter what sponsor's name it follows, Mile High stadium is one of Denver's brightest gems. Tailgaters relish in the mass expanses of on-site parking surrounding the Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium. There are some seasoned tailgaters that are a hoot to watch and interact with during Broncos games, but the outdoor stadium also hosts concerts during the warmer months. Names like U2, the Colorado-based band The Fray, and the Vans Warped Tour have all performed at Mile High. The staff at the stadium are pretty agreeable about tailgating, but they take a dim view of rule-breakers and will revoke your permit and kick you out if you're too out-of-hand.

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Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (credit: CBS)

Fiddlers Green
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

There is something to be said about having the distinction of being one of the best venues in Denver when you're not actually in the center of the city. That's Fiddler's Green for you. This is an oasis of tailgating joy located about 15 minutes south of downtown Denver. Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube have graced the stage with their presence one more than one occasion, but you'll also see bands like Carlos Santana, Slipknot, Godsmack and Incubus roll through. Be aware that the tailgating scene can be hit-and-miss––most of the parking is located in fields and open areas surrounding the venue and tailgating is usually kept to a few folks who band together.

Nightlife & Music Tailgating, 1st Bank Center
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1st Bank Center
11450 Broomfield Lane
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 410-0700

The 1st Bank Center in Broomfield is a half hour drive north of downtown and is home to the Denver Roller Dolls, a local girls roller derby team. When the ladies aren't zipping around the rink doling out blows to their opponents, the venue features some amazing musicians. In 2012, the center played host to a list of varied musicians, including Neil Diamond, The Black Keys, Tom Petty and Radiohead. To tailgate, hit up one of two parking lots on the north or west sides up to two hours before the show. You'll pay $10–$15 to park and tailgate at the 1st Bank Center.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Dick's Sporting Goods Park (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022
(303) 690-7246

While this venue mainly serves as the Colorado Rapids' permanent home and soccer lovers' home-away-from-home, it also hosts events like summer fireworks, the annual World Cup of Wine & Beer, and of course, concerts. 2012 will see the band Phish take the field for the second time as they wrap up their summer tour. Tailgating at Dick's Sporting Goods Park is allowed in any of the venue's stadium lots. You're welcome to bring your grill along for barbecuing and tents, coolers and chairs for staving off the heat, as long as they don't get in the way of other tailgaters' good time. Take note: it's against the venue's rules to openly consume alcoholic drinks in any of the the park's parking lots.

Automotive media, racing, vehicle evaluation, wrecking yards, and car sales are just a part of Nathan Adlen's vehicular past. He writes out of high octane passion. He currently resides in Denver and his work can be found at
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