The voice, he’s that voice that you’ve heard that makes you say, “he’s a P. A. announcer”. Alan Roach, who has worked Super Bowls, Olympics and many other high-profile events is now the P. A. announcer for the Minnesota Vikings the team announced today. Vikings.com: Vikings Name Alan Roach PA Announcer at U. S. Bank
The voice, he’s that voice that you’ve heard that makes you say, “he’s a P. A. announcer”. Alan Roach, who has worked Super Bowls, Olympics and many other high-profile events is now the P. A. announcer for the Minnesota Vikings the team announced today.
Roach, who announced for four major sports teams in the Denver area for many years, comes home of sorts, as the native of Slayton, Minnesota is excited to join his hometown team.
He won’t, however be leaving Denver sports as he will continue to call games for the Avalanche and Rapids, while still living in Denver.
— Alan Roach (@MileHighRoach) June 27, 2016
He is one of the few announcers who has also called an NFL game in England when he announced a Vikings/Steelers game at Wembley Stadium in 2013. He’s also a rarity in that he’s called a Super Bowl AND a Stanley Cup final (in which an emotional Raymond Bourque was finally able to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup).
Roach’s career began in Minor League Baseball as a fill-in P. A. announcer for the Triple-A Colorado Springs SkySox in 1990, before the Colorado Rockies joined Major League Baseball. That experience with the SkySox allowed him to step right in to Mile High Stadium for the Rockies inaugural season in 1993. He would move on to Coors Field when the Rockies got their own stadium.
Roach is no stranger to opening new stadiums like the Vikings are doing with U. S. Bank Stadium this year. In addition to opening Coors Field, he was also in Denver when the Broncos moved into their current home, along with the Avalanche in their early years.
The 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 Winter Olympics have all called upon Roach to provide announcing. He’ll head to Rio in a few weeks for this year’s Summer Olympics, his first.