Construction officials say delaying Mile High demolition is costly

Saturday, February 3rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Denver-AP) -- Construction officials say Denver Mayor Wellington Webb's plan to delay demolition of Mile High Stadium could cost the city up to three-point-five (M) million dollars.

The Metropolitan Football Stadium District and Denver Broncos wanted to begin demolition this month to clear the site for much-needed parking space. The new Broncos stadium is scheduled to open August 25th.

But Webb wants to keep Mile High Stadium standing until the new one is finished in case there are construction delays.

Demolition is expected to cost 16 (M) million dollars if work begins this month. If the project is delayed, construction officials say workers would have to demolish Mile High in stages during the football season, which would increase the costs.

Webb says the city might book concerts at Mile High this summer and allow the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team to play there.