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A Year in Pictures: Burgundy Wave Looks Back at 2015

A lot has happened in the last year in Commerce City. Join us as we look back in pictures

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The say a picture is worth a thousand words.  In many cases, this is true.  And living in the Centennial State we are blessed with some of the best picture taking in these 50 states.  And the fact that we have a professional soccer team that plays in a facility that has a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains....

It does not get much better than that.

Sure, it was a bit of a down year for our beloved Burgundy Boys, but that did not stop me from taking (a lot) of pictures during my time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  You see, I fancy myself as a bit of a photographer will little skill, but sure does like to take the pictures.  So over the next couple of days I will be sharing with you photos that I took in and around the DSGP grounds.  All of these pictures were taken by me, so any critiques, kindly send them my way :)

February 2015

Last winter was a transition time here at Burgundy Wave as our Managing Editor, Chris White stepped back (and got an even cooler title, Editor Emeritus) and I took charge.  Like many things involved in transition, there were a few hiccups along the way, but one of the first things I got to do was sit down with Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey for a conversation about the club.  It was a great conversation (and contrary to popular belief, he does not eat small children or burn puppies in his spare time) with a guy who is trying to do his best to run a soccer club.  The picture below was as I was walking from the conversation back to my car.  Something about this shot got me excited for the season to come.

DSGP South Side--JPR

The Home Opener--March 2015

There is nothing better in sport than a home opener.  Whether it is Opening Day in baseball or First Kick in Soccer, it is always a great day.  In March 2015, the Rapids played expansion side New York City FC under a gorgeous Colorado sky (not always an assured thing) and although it was not a win for the Burgundy Boys, it was a terrific day in Colorado.   The 0-0 draw was a microcosm of the Rapids season:  good performances that were hampered by a lack of finishing.

I went with one of my buddies (we go to many home openers together--call it a tradition) and despite the result, we truly enjoyed the day.

Opening Day--JPR

And a good home opener would not be complete without a proper TIFO, courtesy of one of the Rapids supporters groups--Centennial 38.  My seats in 2015, were in Section 115, which provided a nice vantage of the TIFO and the play on the field.

Opening Day TIFO JPR

Check back later this week as we continue to look back at 2015.