Fan events slated for home opener

The Broncos have a number of special events planned for the fans as they kick off the home schedule on Monday night against the Oakland Raiders.

When the Broncos kick off their 2003 home schedule on Sept. 22, the team has a host of events (both pregame and in-game) on tap to enhance the festive atmosphere surrounding the game. The Broncos return to the Mile High City that night for their home opener – a Monday night affair against the archrival Oakland Raiders – and the atmosphere in and around INVESCO Field at Mile High will be charged with excitement.

Before kickoff, fans can spend their afternoon and early evening getting psyched up for the game at any of the following activities taking place around the stadium:

* Johnsonville Big Taste Grill – Former NFL quarterback and current television announcer Boomer Esiason will be on hand to host an event built around what is being billed as the "World's Largest Touring Grill" in the RV section of Lot C. Johnsonville will be selling brats on site, with all proceeds from 4:00 p.m. to kickoff going to charity.
* Commemorative T-Shirts – Broncos Radio 850 KOA will be in the parking lots before the game, selling their popular Broncos-Raiders commemorative t-shirts. Fans wearing one of these shirts will receive a free brat at the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
* Broncos Barn – Fans can watch the pregame shows on giant screen televisions, listen to local rock band Brethren Fast perform live on stage, mingle with Broncos Alumni, Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot, and enjoy great food and beverages – all in the comfort of a climate-controlled environment located on the south side of the stadium. The doors open at 3:00 p.m., with happy hour specials and an early bird raffle for pregame field passes taking place during the first hour. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to receive a complimentary photo with Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson, courtesy of Canon.
* Tailgating – A limited number of first-come, first-serve tailgating spots, located adjacent to the players' parking lot on the south end of the stadium, are available for $30 or by presenting an existing stadium parking pass. To ensure a spot amongst the festivities, fans should be sure to arrive early to claim a parking space. Spots go on sale at noon.
* Most Valuable Tailgater – At every 2003 Broncos home game, judges will be looking for the biggest and best tailgate parties anywhere in the INVESCO Field at Mile High parking lots that incorporate the weekly theme into their party to win the title of "Most Valuable Tailgater." Monday night's theme is "Best Raider-Hater Tailgate Party." Weekly winners will have the opportunity to win the grand prize awarded to the "Tailgater of the Year." More information on all Denver Broncos tailgating initiatives is available online at
* Inflatables – A field goal kicking area, obstacle course, bounce castle and football toss will be set up for young fans, as well as veterans, to enjoy. Hosted by various Clear Channel radio stations, the inflatable areas offer fans the chance to test their football skills prior to kickoff.
* Coca-Cola Football Town USA – This traveling NFL Experience will be in Denver on Monday night, with a variety of football-related activities taking place near Gate 1.

Once inside the stadium, the Broncos also have a series of special events planned for fans:

* Monday's game is dedicated to the U.S. military forces that have served, or are still serving, in Operation of Iraqi Freedom and to all of the U.S. forces who continue to serve around the world. Representatives from three Colorado military installations (Petersen Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base and Fort Carson Army Base), all of whom were deployed to the Middle East, will be honored prior to kickoff. During the pregame ceremony, there will also be a moment of silence to remember the men and women who dedicated their lives to our country and died protecting our great nation.
* In the sky after the national anthem, four F-16s from the 120th Fighter Squadron stationed at Buckley Air Force Base will perform a flyover.
* "Go Broncos / Beat the Raiders" Placards – As fans enter the stadium, they will be given orange and blue placards courtesy of KOA Radio and Bud Light. The Broncos ask that everyone in attendance raises their placards prior to kickoff, creating a sea of orange for the visitors to see.
* The Stampede – The official Denver Broncos drumline will make its formal debut at the game. A cross between a marching band and a drill team, this 12-member troop performs songs with military precision. The thumping beat of their drums creates an electric game day atmosphere, while their perfectly timed choreography provides an awe-inspiring show.
* The evening's halftime will feature a very special musical performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, with supporting performances by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, 29 swing dancers from the Denver area and the University of Colorado Stunt Team. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy achieved national prominence as part of the swing music revival inspired by the hit film "Swingers," performing during the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show, and they continue to tour the country extensively.

These special events, coupled with the action on the field, will help make Monday night's 2003 home opener a game to remember.

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