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Shannon Ogden on Mini Mile High Stadium: We make tiny versions of things we love

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Posted at 10:50 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 01:07:34-04

DENVER -- I gotta be honest: I didn’t really get Mini Mile High Stadium. It’s the old football stadium…but little. Right next to the big one. What?

I moved here from Jacksonville and there was a similar thing there. The city has these five bridges that go over the St. Johns River and there is a park with scale replicas of all of the bridges. And people love them. I never understood it.

But Mini Mile High got me thinking. And I think… that’s just what us humans do with things we love, things that are important to us: we make tiny versions of them.

People who love cars build model cars. Train people have miniature railroads in their basements. There are model planes for the bedroom aviators and boat lovers build little boats and sometimes put them in bottles for some reason.

We have doll houses with tiny furniture and those adorable little bottles of liquor -- though that may be more of a concealment thing.

The ultimate example – we love ourselves so we make little versions of ourselves.

Why are miniatures so satisfying? Maybe they make us feel bigger. Maybe they give us a sense of control or better understanding. Maybe we’re simply wired to enjoy the familiar from an unfamiliar perspective. The truth is, it’s probably just one of those things we like and nobody really knows why – like Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”

Mini Mile High is Mile High Stadium but mini. And that makes people happy. So I get it. Size does matter after all. 

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