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For the 2012 Gay Bowl XII, close to forty teams from across the country will converge on Denver. It's the culmination of extraordinary effort, which included a included a 26-page bid vetting the city as a prime location for the GLBTQ and ally-friendly competitive experience -- and as a result, Denver beat out San Diego to become the host city.
"We pitched the high-quality fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and the fact that Denver is a great city to visit," says co-tournament director Joe Cooper.
Also winning points for Denver was the strength of the community that has grown out of the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League. Started as a friendly pick-up game in Cheesman Park, the now nationally-recognized league is known for its positive, family-friendly environment and socially-inclusive attitude.
And this year's Gay Bowl will be more inclusive, too: The 2012 games mark the first time a women's division has been added to the weekend-long event.
Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 12:45 p.m. Friday, September 21 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee-Hancock will sing the National Anthem, and the Mile High Freedom Band will be on hand to perform a little stadium rock-style warm-up music.