January 22, 2013

Stepping outside of the classroom enhances learning experience

NJC students at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.Fourteen students from a sports management class at Northeastern Junior College were recently able to tour Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver as part of their learning outside of the classroom experience.  The students were taken throughout the facility and able  to see every aspect of how the facility operates. While the stadium is best known for the Broncos, it also has hosted concerts and other sporting events and was the venue chosen by President Barack Obama when he gave his acceptance speech during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.

The stadium cost more than $400 million to build. The cost included $2.6 million for video boards and $7 million for stairways and handrails.  It is  1.8 million square feet in size and is  made of 12,000 tons of structural steel, 200,000 pounds of aluminum, 130,000 bricks, 1.6 million masonry blocks, 1,500 plumbing fixtures and 25,000 light fixtures.  An estimated 300 events are held here per year. Among the interesting trivia about the facility is that it has more than 550 concession stands on site. The seating capacity of the stadium is 76,125 which includes 132 luxury suites on two levels and 8,800 club level seats.

The sports management class at NJC is designed to provide students with knowledge of management in the areas of facilities, professional organizations, education institutions, sports promotions as well as the different managerial styles that can be applied.  Students also take a look at quality control, leadership, strategic planning, information systems and sports research.
Bryan Shepherd is the instructor at NJC. (Courtesy Photo)