DENVER (CBS4) – A group of nine political appointees have been enjoying the free use of a well-appointed luxury suite at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for Bronco games for years but are now considering if they should allow others to use the luxury box.
The new thinking comes after a CBS4 investigation raised questions about the use of the 23 person suite.
The football stadium’s $400 million cost was primarily paid for by Colorado taxpayers, and the facility is overseen and managed by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District, which represents the public.
The district board is comprised of nine political appointees: six from area counties and three appointees named by the governor.
All of the appointees are volunteers and most of the appointees have been on the board for years.
The board met four times in 2012 and two times in 2013, according to their website.
As part of the lease between the MFSD and the Broncos, the board receives a luxury suite that seats 19 but holds a total of 23 people, with a face value of $12,037.70 per game, along with parking passes and access to another half dozen club level seats for every home game.
CBS4 found that board members have been keeping the suite and tickets to themselves, allowing each board member to use the suite for at least one home game each year.
“I would invite people in my family, friends or employees of my law firm, people like that,” said Gene Ciancio, a prominent Adams County attorney who is Adams Counties’ representative on the board.
Records obtained by CBS4 show that for the 2013 season, Ciancio was given the box for the Broncos’ Nov. 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2012 he also had the box for the Broncos-Chiefs game.
“It’s a little higher class I guess it’s a privilege or an upgrade,” Ciancio said of using suite No. 232.
“When its 10 below outside and the wind is blowing it’s pretty damn nice. It’s a typical suite, not like Mr. Bowlen’s. It’s a normal luxury box suite.”