How Unsafe Is Dick's Sporting Goods Park for Fans? Ranked MLS Stadiums

How Unsafe Is Dick's Sporting Goods Park for Fans? Ranked MLS Stadiums
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While few people would tell you that they come to Commerce City for the scenery, it’s safe to say that the home grounds of the Centennial State’s lone MLS franchise are far from ideal, with Dick’s Sporting Goods Park finding itself among unenvied company in 2024.  

That’s because the Colorado Rapids’ home stadium was recently named the sixth least safe grounds in the 29-team MLS, with a total score of 91.35, putting the 17-year-old facility in Commerce Stadium between the Philadelphia Union’s Subaru Park (100.40) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s BC Place (90.93).  

Based on the MLS-wide safety figures, the Rapids’ troubles go beyond the box score, despite Colorado currently having the 15th best MLS Cup odds on Bet365 Colorado at +4000, thanks to the unfriendly confines at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. created a ranking system to find the safest MLS stadiums for spectators. We created a ranking system that factors in the crime rating, total crime index, fanbase ranking and crime grade. All metrics are based on the exact city and zip code of each team’s stadium or arena. 

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Ranking Most Unsafe MLS Stadiums



Total Score 

St. Louis City SC 


Houston Dynamo FC 


Portland Timbers  


Seattle Sounders FC 


Philadelphia Union 



Colorado Rapids 


Vancouver Whitecaps FC 


Nashville SC 


Orlando City FC 



Minnesota United FC 



D.C. United 



Chicago Fire FC 



Inter Miami CF 



FC Cincinnati 


Note: was used to find the violent crime and total crime index; was used to find the fan behavior ranking; was used to find the crime grades. The lower the score, the safer the stadium. 

Where Rapids’ Grounds Rank MLS Wide

Leaguewide, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park did manage to rank behind the least safe stadiums, such as St. Louis City SC’s CityPark, which had a score of 158.10, while the Houston Dynamo FC’s Shell Energy Stadium was second at 122.34.  

Throw in Providence Park in Portland (115.04), Lumen Field in Seattle (106.73) and Subaru Park in Philadelphia (100.40) and you have the five grounds in the MLS that scored worse than Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Across the MLS, the franchises that ranked just behind the Rapids when it came to safety scores were Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s BC Place (90.93), Nashville SC’s Geodis Park (90.60), Orlando City FC’s Inter&Co Stadium (90.54) and Minnesota United FC’s Allianz Field (88.61).  

Throw in D.C. United’s Audi Field at 88.29, Chicago Fire FC’s Soldier Field (87.15), Inter Miami CF’s Chase Stadium (86.26) and FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium (85.34) and you have the full rundown on the least safe grounds in the MLS, giving Colorado association football fans a sense of perspective when it comes to the safety of their hometown stadium in the ever-expanding MLS.   

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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