15 places spotted on Denver’s “Married at First Sight” premiere


“It’s just starting to sink in I’m getting married to a rando.”

That quote from a Denver local about to walk down the aisle perhaps best explains the premise of reality TV show “Married at First Sight.” Season 17, filmed in the Mile High City, premiered on Oct. 18 and introduced viewers to five ready-for-love couples who pledged to be wed without ever having met their soon-to-be partners.

During the premiere, participants broke the news about their upcoming wedding to friends and family, who offered mixed reactions from excitement to extreme skepticism. One local’s mom went as far as to warn her son, “You should be nervous. You should be very nervous.”

As viewers got to know the people of Denver’s season of MAFS, they also got to know the city.

Here are 15 places we spotted in the season premiere. Keep up with new episodes on Wednesday evenings on Lifetime.

Snow covers Red Rocks Amphitheatre just above C-470 April 16, 2021. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

What Denver montage would be complete without an aerial shot of Red Rocks? “Married at First Sight” was filmed during the winter, so viewers got a snowy view of the famous music venue.

City Park

Film crews would be remiss to pass up a shot of City Park against the skyline of downtown Denver and the mountains. Rest assured, they took advantage of that opportunity.

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The pavilion at Cheesman Park is a hub for festivals and photography. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Cheesman Memorial

The pavilion at Cheesman Park, formally known as the Cheesman Memorial, is a quintessential locale for festivals, weddings and prom pictures. It’s also a fitting setting for some Denver B-roll. One cast member walks through while considering why she is still single.

Cyclists travel down 26th Street past the sign to mark the Five Points historic cultural district during the inaugural Ride for Racial Justice Saturday, June 20, 2020, in downtown Denver. More than 100 riders covered the route through Five Points and into northeast Denver on the first day of Summer to call attention to racial inequality in the country. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Cyclists travel down 26th Street past the sign to mark the Five Points historic cultural district during the inaugural Ride for Racial Justice Saturday, June 20, 2020, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Five Points

Several moments of B-roll showcase the train passing through the Five Points neighborhood, in front of the now-defunct Sherry’s Soda Shoppe on Welton Street.

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The Speer Boulevard bridge connects the Northside to downtown Denver. (Photo by Daniela Urbina-Valle)

Speer Boulevard Bridge and South Platte River

The iconic South Platte River and the Speer Bridge that provides drivers and pedestrians a path over it are featured in many instances for B-roll, whether as a transition or as a pensive place for cast members.

Local restaurants and bars

Cast members convened their friends and family at local bars and restaurants to break the news of their blind engagement, including one at so-called “steak and ‘tini night” at Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek and another at Dos Luces Brewery on South Broadway, which closed this summer. Several local haunts are also visible in the background throughout the episode, including Ace Eat Serve in Cap Hill, The Post Chicken & Beer and Little Man Ice Cream in LoHi.

DENVER, CO - APRIL 29 : Flower gardens are secured by chains at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)
Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Civic Center park

With its tall white columns and aura of prestige, Civic Center park appeared briefly as one cast member took a chilly jog through the area.

Folks wait in line for french fries as thill seekers enjoy the Boomerang ride opening day at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park May 01, 2021. Elitch gardens was closed last year due to the pandemic, but is now open on the weekends through Memorial Day weekend at 43% capacity, after that, Elitch Gardens and the water park will be open with regular summer hours. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Elitch Gardens in Denver. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Elitch Gardens

While we wish the cast were riding roller coasters to get their marriage jitters out, Denver’s Elitch Gardens amusement park only appears in the background of one shot, quick and blurry.

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