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Shaded Seats at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is an open-air stadium located in Commerce City, Colorado, just outside Denver. It serves as the home pitch for the Colorado Rapids of MLS. Denver is known for hot and sunny summers, and attendees of matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park can use this guide and the stadium’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats when they go.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park?

Typically, shaded seats at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park are situated:

  • Along the west sideline

Conversely, sunny seats are predominantly found:

  • Along the east sideline
  • Behind the south goal line

Matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park usually kick off in the evening, though some start early in the day. Colorado is known for its hot summers, with average daily highs in July and August soaring into the 90s. Fans attending evening games should also be aware of the location of the sun so they don’t miss any action because they were blinded by the sunset.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Orientation to the Sun

The stadium’s north-to-south orientation means the sun is almost directly above the south goal line in the 1:00 PM hour. Over the course of the afternoon the sun gradually dips behind the west side of the stadium and eventually sets near the north goal line.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Colorado Rapids. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Matches

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park features a relatively simple, single-level U-shaped design. The stadium has covered seating along the east and west sidelines, but seats behind the south goal line are exposed to the sun and elements. Behind the north goal line, the terrace area is a communal space for fans to eat and hang out but does not offer reserved seating.

For 1:00 PM matches, shade can be found directly under the roof on both side sidelines at kickoff. To ensure shade for the entire match, it’s best to choose a seat on the west side of the stadium. Sections 125-133 are optimal for shade. Seats closer to the pitch in these sections will be sunnier for longer, while those further back will become shaded sooner.

The sunniest seats are behind the south goal line, specifically in sections 114-121. These seats lack roofing or protection from the sun and will remain sunny for most of the early game. The east sideline will also be mostly sunny. Sections 100-112 will be sun-exposed for an early afternoon game. Seats in the very back rows may receive some temporary shade from the roof, but by later in the afternoon, all rows will be sun soaked.

Afternoon shadows on the pitch and stands at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

By late-afternoon seats on the west sideline (where the photo is taken) are in the shade, while seats on the east sideline (opposite side of the pitch) are sunny.
Credit: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park by Victor Araiza (CC BY 2.0)

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Matches

By early evening, the west sideline of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be shaded. Sections 125-133 are excellent choices for avoiding the sun. Seats on the east sideline will start sunny, but as the match progresses and the shade creeps across the pitch, they too will become shaded. Rows closest to the field on the east sideline will receive shade first. The upper rows on the east sideline will remain in the sun for the longest. Seats behind the south goal line in sections 114-121 will remain sunny for much of an evening match, as the stadium’s design provides no obstruction to the setting sun.

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