Last Saturday, I got to enjoy my very first lacrosse game thanks to US Family Guide and the Denver Outlaws. I didn’t know much about lacrosse or the Outlaws, except that they are Denver’s outdoor lacrosse team. They play at Mile High Stadium so I knew it was going to be a really cool experience.
The weather has not been ideal lately, but luckily it rained for only a few minutes before we headed into the stadium. I was glad I checked their website before hand, as I found out the new NFL purse rules still apply because it is an NFL stadium, even though it wasn’t a football game.
As soon as I walked in, I knew this was a very kid-friendly event. People were handing out free posters, and kids were allowed to bring their own lacrosse sticks into the stadium. The mascot, Styx, was even posing for pictures with kids. During the game, there were tshirt giveaways and “selfie” contests that kept the kids engaged.
I was a little surprised at how empty the stadium felt. I knew it was a large stadium, but it wasn’t until I could see all these seats that I felt it was massive. The entire west side of the lower bowl was filled with people, and I think they announced that attendance was around 8,500 people.
The teams were announced and ran out onto the field down a path lined with the Outlaw dancers. We got to see them stretch and warm-up for a few minutes. It was great being so close to the field and being able to see the players.
I was really surprised at how aggressive the game was. The players are extremely athletic and fun to watch. The ball was orange, which made it easier to follow, when you could find it. They passed it around so much that I lost track of where it was at times. But I knew that if everyone was cheering, that meant we had just scored a goal. The Denver Outlaws are undefeated and it shows. The final score was 14-8!
The only thing I did not like was that there was virtually no game announcement. When someone scored, the announcers said which player had scored, but snippets of music were just played end to end the entire time. I think it would have been more intimate if it was quiet at times and we could hear the players screaming to each other. Or if there was some type of play by play, so I could understand what was going on! For example, sometimes a whistle would be blown but they would keep on playing. I have no idea what that means or what happened.
But, we did end up on the big screen at the end of the game! Considering how small the crowd is, you have a really good chance of seeing yourself. Also, since they scored 12 goals, we got coupons for a free burger at Jack in the Box! They had tons of coupons so actually handed me more than one. Dinner is on me! 😉