Those waiting to get into Invesco Field at Mile High last night to hear Barack Obama’s acceptance speech went onquite an odyssey
as the queue snaked this way and that through the stadium’s asphalt wasteland. Attendees were forced to clamber down hillsides, guard against line cutters at parking-lot switchbacks, fend off hordes of T-shirt hawkers – and, unbeknownst to many, amble by a former meth den.
At one point, the line ran through the trash-strewn alley behind Angel’s Sports Bar. Along the way, line-goers may have spotted a few boarded-up doors adorned with orange tape and warning signs (see photo). That’s where the bar’s owners found a squatter doing meth in the summer of 2006. While the Denver Department of Environmental Health determined there was no lasting contamination to the building, apparently no one’s ever bothered to remove signs of the bust – providing Invesco’s attendees with one more unusual spectacle along their long, winding journey toward history. – Joel Warner