January 31, 2014
This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be facing the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with New York City as its co-host. With so many surprising and delightful facts about both Denver and Seattle, it makes me want to travel to their cities while the teams are away!
Here are some fun facts about the Super Bowl team cities:
-Because of Denver’s high altitude, there is less water vapor in the air making the sky appear bluer.
-Denver was named after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver in hope of gaining political favor. It didn’t matter in the end because he retired by the time the town was named.
-People from Denver are called Denverites.
-Denver is home to the second largest performing arts complex in the US with 10 theatres that can seat 10,000 people from anything from Operas to ballets.
-The first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
-Alcohol obviously brings Denverites together. Originally there were three separate towns with three different names where Denver is currently located. The towns agreed to call all of them Denver in exchange for a barrel of Whiskey to be shared by all. If only it were that simple to solve political disputes these days…
-Denver is considered the second most educated city in the United States.
-Denver has about 300 days of sunshine a year.
-Seattle is considered the most literate city in the country. They have the highest amount of library card-holders in the US per capita. They also have the highest percentage of college degree holders…hmm…watch out Denver.
-Seattle is the northernmost city in the US.
-The first gas station in the world opened in Seattle in 1907.
-Seattle is the biggest biking-to-work city of all the large US cities. They were also the first city to put police on bicycles.
-Seattle was the first city to play a Beatles song on the radio.
-Seattle has the second most glass blowing studios in the world behind Murano, Italy.
-Seattle’s rainy reputation is not as accurate as you think. It rains more in Chicago and New York City.
There you have it, two great American cities worth visiting. Both places seem like they have lots of great things to offer, even if they don’t win the Super Bowl!
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