DENVER — July 4, 2013, was a big night for the Denver Outlaws lacrosse squad.
Sure, the team squashed the New York Lizards 16-7, extending its win streak to an unheard of 10 games. But the real record was attendance — the just more than 31,000 people in the Sports Authority Field stands set an all-time record for professional lacrosse.
The annual 4th of July game is one of Denver’s strongest Independence Day traditions. This year’s event introduced the crowd to some of the $30 million in off-season improvements to the stadium, including a new high-def Thundervision scoreboard more than 200 feet across.
The screen allowed for an astonishing multimedia fireworks display with plenty of earthshaking pop music and cleverly chosen movie clips throughout. The opening outtake from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was especially inspired — at least until it degenerated into dubstep silliness.