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Mile High Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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Empower Field at Mile High (also called New Mile High or Mile High Stadium) serves as the home field for the Denver Broncos and hosts a variety of other sports and concerts throughout the year. Denver’s high-altitude climate is characterized by weather extremes. Games and events in the summer take place in the heat while games later in the NFL season may be in the bitter cold. Fans can use this guide in conjunction with the Mile High seating chart to identify where to find seats in the shade or where to bask in the sun.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at Mile High Stadium?

Generally speaking, shaded seats at Mile High Stadium are found:

  • West Sideline: Shade on the Broncos’ home side of the stadium

Conversely, seats in the sun at Mile High Stadium can be located:

  • East Sideline: Sun soaked on the the away team’s side of the stadium
  • End Zones: Sunny in sections behind the end zones

Most Broncos games kick off around 2:30 p.m. local time to accommodate the NFL’s television schedule, placing them in the late-afternoon time slot on the East Coast. For Sunday Night or Monday Night games at home, kickoff is around 6:15 p.m. Concerts and other special events are usually schedule for later afternoon or early evening.

Mile High Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Mile High Stadium is oriented in a north-to-south direction. By 1:00 p.m., the sun is high above the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon, the sun moves across the sky to the west and eventually behind the stadium structure on the home side of the field.

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

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Broncos. 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 Early Afternoon Mile High Stadium Games

As one of only two NFL stadiums in the Mountain Time Zone, Mile High Stadium games almost never start earlier than 2:00 PM. This scheduling ensures that some seats will always be in the shade, provided you know where to look.

For a 2:30 PM kickoff, seats in the shade will primarily be on the west (home) side of the stadium. Upper-level seats will be shaded first, and as the afternoon progresses, middle and lower-level seats will also move into the shade. If you’re looking for shade, consider sections 100-110, 300-316, or 500-514. The farther back in the section you sit, the earlier your seat will be shaded.

Conversely, depending on the time of year, Denver’s climate may make a seat in the sun preferable. Seats on the east (visitor’s) side of the stadium will remain sunny for most of an early afternoon game. Seats behind both end zones will also be sun-soaked, but the northern end zone will likely remain entirely in the sun. In contrast, the southern end zone may offer some rows in the shade as the afternoon progresses and the scoreboard blocks the sun from behind.

Shadows on the stands at Mile High Stadium in Denver

Choose a seat on the home (west) side of the stadium if you’re looking for shade and the visitor (east) side of the stadium if you want sun.
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Games at Mile High Stadium

When the Broncos are scheduled for Sunday Night or Monday Night games, it may already be past sunset in Denver by the time the game kicks off. However, early in the season, the first quarter or two might still be played in daylight. Concerts and other events in the summer may also begin before sunset.

By this hour, seats behind the end zones and on the west (home) side of the stadium will be out of the sun. On the east (visitor’s) side, shade will begin to cover the seats closest to the field first, then move upward. It will initially reach the 100-level, followed by the 200-level, and finally the 500-level. Be cautious when choosing a seat in the upper tiers on the east side of the stadium if you’re sensitive to the sun, and don’t forget to bring sunglasses. You might need them, especially early in the season, as the sun will be directly in front of you for the first quarter or two.

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