When the leaves fall from the trees, college flags rise across the city as fans of NCAA football embrace their favorite sports season. Across Denver—perhaps most noticeably in Stapleton—signs of the area’s diverse heritage become evident.
If you are among the proud, flag-displaying aficionados of college football in Denver, just where can you go to watch a game in the company of your fellow fans? Or, conversely, if you and your hodge-podge of neighbors want to throw back a few cold ones and catch an assortment of college games, what are your best bets locally? The Front Porch rounded up college game-watch options in Denver (and beyond) to help readers find like-minded fans. We’ve listed teams by conference.
We also did a highly scientific neighborhood survey of north and south Stapleton that revealed Stapleton boasts more diversity than most demographers have credited. While the preponderance of CU Buffs fans was no surprise (10 flags), the Big 10 was well represented (16 flags), with alums from Nebraska (3), Ohio State (3) and Michigan (3) proudly displaying their Midwest heritage. Other neighborhood faves included the Sooners (3), the Trojans (3) and the Gators (3), laying bare the coast-to-coast origins of residents. Oddly, no CSU Rams flags were on display at the time of the study…
A smattering of one or two flags from SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 conference teams added to the diversity, with a lone U.Mass flag as a conference outlier. (Three iconoclastic homes also displayed blue on white “W” flags to celebrate a win by the Cubbies.) The sober and well-trained observers also noted a higher rate of NCAA fandom in the northern reaches of Stapleton, or perhaps it was just that fewer trees obscured the flags.
Below are sports bars in the Front Porch distribution area.
Find your favorite team and kindred spirits cheering them on: College Football