The MLB All-Star Game is tonight. Take a look at other great events hosted by Denver – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver shines as host of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.
It’s an opportunity similar to what the city has had by hosting big events like the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and World Youth Day in 1993. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest events in Mile’s history. High City which brought together people from all over the country, and in some cases around the world.
1964 – The Beatles play red rocks
It wasn’t the first concert at the amphitheater, but the Fab Four was one of the most iconic. The show was the sixth stop on The Beatles’ tour of North America, the only show the group did not sell. The Beatles performed in front of a crowd of around 7,000 on August 26, but up to 10,000 screaming fans greeted them at the airport and followed them to Brown Palace. Due to the altitude, oxygen cans were placed on the scene. The concert was the first notable rock ‘n’ roll performance on the site.
1969 – First National Conference for the Liberation of Chicano Youth
Chicano militant leader Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales organized the youth conference in March 1969. About 1,500 Mexican-American youths traveled to Denver for the Crusade for Justice that followed a series of walkouts and school protests from Denver. It was the first time that a generation had come together to discuss issues such as oppression, discrimination and injustice. The conference ended by calling on all Mexican Americans to unite under the banner of the term “Chicano”. Participants also looked to the Aztecs who settled in the Valley of Mexico, leading them to embrace the concept of Aztlán as their spiritual homeland. After the conference, “Chicano” and “Aztlán” spread to the Southwest.
1990 – Downtown Grand Prix
Imagine the streets of downtown Denver as a racetrack filled with Indy racing cars. This is exactly what happened in 1990 and 1991 when the city hosted the Grand Prix. The race saw the riders spin past the Colorado State Capitol and make 90-degree turns. Al Unser Jr. won both races, the 1990 race being the slowest in the history of the championship car racing team at the time. The aftermath of the race left a bitter taste, however, with Civic Center Park in a mess, taxpayers got half a million dollars and the race lost $ 8 million. Other attempts to return to racing in Denver also failed.
1993 – World Youth Day
The Catholic world came to Denver and the surrounding area for World Youth Day in August 1993. It is estimated that between half a million and one million young people from all over the world came down to Colorado to see Pope John Paul II. The Pontiff celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as well as the former Mile High Stadium, then approximately 750,000 at Cherry Creek State Park. For some, this Sunday in the park in the sun and altitude of Colorado proved too difficult, forcing them to seek and receive medical help on the spot. Pope John Paul II also visited the Saint-Malo retreat near Estes Park for a chance to recharge his batteries. For the city seen as too secular by some, Denver welcomed the pontiff and attendees, even turning parking lots into dormitories by setting up beds to ensure all pilgrims had a place to sleep. President Bill Clinton traveled to Denver to meet with the Pontiff during the week.
1997 – Summit of 8
In June 1997, the international world again returned to Denver, this time world leaders gathered for the 23rd G8 Summit, known as the Summit of 8. President Bill Clinton represented the United States, welcoming Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Japanese Prime Minister Ruytaro Hashimoto, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, British Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as Jacques Santer and Wim Kok from the European Union. The summit left the legacy of architect Michael Graves’ redesign of the main branch of the Denver Public Library. The building was first used as the summit site. Perhaps the most memorable public image of the summit is that of world leaders posing for a photo outside The Fort restaurant in Morrison, several wearing cowboy boots and hats.
1998 – First MLB All-Star Game
Denver knows a thing or two about hosting an All-Star Game. The MLB chose Denver as their host in July 1998, hosting the Midsummer Classic at Coors Field. The Colorado Convention Center has welcomed fans, bringing thousands of people downtown. The Colorado Rockies raffled 1,000 tickets for the game and 2,000 for the Home Run Derby, but you had to participate by sending a postcard. The American League beat the National League, 13-8. It was the first All-Star game played in the Rockies’ time zone.
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2005 – NBA All-Star Game
The sports world once again turned all eyes to Denver for the NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2005. It was another five days of festivities to bring families downtown during the days around the game. Big names like P. Diddy, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Chauncey Billups, from Denver, threw parties all over town. At the end of the games, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 125-115.
2008 – Democratic National Convention
The National Democratic Party made history in August 2008, appointing Barack Obama as the first black candidate for the presidency of a major political party. These historic moments first took place at the Pepsi Center where Hillary Rodham Clinton voted to push him to exceed the number required for the nomination. For the first time, the group made the decision to move the final night to a larger venue, leaving the teams to scramble through the night of August 27-28 to set up Mile High – the stadium where the Broncos play football and which has had many business names. attached – for Obama’s acceptance speech. Celebrities from all walks of life made the trip to Denver to be in the stands of the historic evening. Outside of the Pepsi Center, a series of workshops took place as concerts and parties took over much of the city.