Summer Family Fun with The Denver Outlaws
posted by: gretchen
Denver is rich in major league sports teams. The list of legendary names come straight out of a fourth-grade Colorado history curriculum text: Avalanches are common in the Rockies, which are littered with gold Nuggets nestled under river Rapids. Wild Broncos run free. It’s the Wild West, and it wouldn’t be complete without a few Outlaws.
The Denver Outlaws are a Major League Lacrosse team. Since 2006, when they joined the league, they’ve been entertaining crowds with the fast-paced game that is growing in popularity. Our own Outlaws are currently undefeated and in first place in the MLL. A Denver Outlaws game is a great way to treat your family to a major league sporting experience without breaking your piggy bank. Families can have all the fun of being in a major stadium with jumbo screens, flashing lights, music, cheerleaders, and camaraderie at a fraction of other major league ticket prices.
On a recent Saturday night, we took our nine kids to watch The Denver Outlaws game at Sports Authority Field. It marked our first experience watching a lacrosse game, which was somewhat intimidating. Before the match, we brushed up on the rules so we would have a basic understanding of what was going on down on the field. I knew there would be sticks with nets and a teeny ball. Thankfully, it’s simple to understand. There are four 15-minute quarters with a halftime. It’s very fast-paced with near constant action, which makes it exciting to watch. I don’t know how the players kept track of the little orange ball as it flew around the field at a high rate of speed. That’s why they’re pros and I’m the mom in the stands with a baby on one knee and a toddler on the other.
Our little ones were bored and frustrated by having to sit for so long. While it is fast-paced, it’s a long time to entertain little ones. Stix, the Outlaw’s cheeky raccoon mascot (who does a mean Flashdance routine) was the highlight of my little boys’ night. If only Stix could change diapers…
I’d love to watch another game, but next time I will leave our preschooler, toddler, and baby at home with a sitter. Our six-year-old daughter had a blast and loudly celebrated all 22 of the Outlaws goals. All our older kids shared this enthusiasm. They had a fabulous time. I heartily recommend a Denver Outlaws game for families with elementary-school aged kids and up. They’re still talking about how awesome it was.
The Denver Outlaws season runs through mid-August, so there is still plenty of time to catch them in action. If you or your kids play lacrosse, they offer several lacrosse clinics. It would be very cool to learn from the pros, who were refreshingly friendly. After the game, they came right up to a crowd of adoring kids lining the field and answered questions. I was very impressed.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. When you go, show a little Denver Outlaws spirit even if you’ve never been to a game by wearing their colors—black, orange, and white. Concessions are open through the third quarter. Parking was $10 in the Sports Authority Field parking lot. Attendance averages 8500 people, which is a great size. It was not too sparse, not too crowded, with many friendly fans.
Good luck to the Denver Outlaws on the rest of the season!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Denver Outlaws reached out to me and shared they have a play area dedicated to small children. The Kid Zone is located on the second level and features one of those really cool Rainbow playsets.
(Our family was provided with tickets to a Denver Outlaws game for the purposes of reviewing and sharing our experiences. The opinions are solely ours.)