The Team Behind the Raptors

Photo Credit: Seth McConnell

By Colton Strickler

One of the beautiful things about rugby is its simplicity.

As long as you have a few friends, a ball, and a pitch, you have a game of rugby on your hands.

While a ball and some friends might not be hard to come by, finding a suitable pitch that will be able to handle the brutality that is a rugby match can be a bit more difficult to find. Fortunately for Major League Rugby’s runner-up Glendale Raptors, they have one of the best – if not the best – pitch in the United States: Infinity Park.

Infinity Park has seen plenty of high-profile teams roll through the suburb southeast of Denver since it opened in 2007, but one of the park’s best teams works behind the scenes. After their incredible inaugural season in the MLR, the Raptors deserve every bit love that they receive, but none of it would be possible without the help of the Glendale Public Works team.

When you tune in to watch the Raptors play rugby, you see a product that has been sharpened over the course of a week’s time. At the same time, you are also seeing the 25 to 40 hours of work that the Glendale Public Works team has put in as well.

It takes a village to keep the Kentucky Bluegrass-Perennial Ryegrass mix that is the pitch at Infinity Park in shape after 30 of some of the best rugby players in the United States tear it up for 80 minutes each week, so a village is what they’ve tried to assemble.

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