The opening of the 2004 NFL season for the Denver Broncos promises to be one of the most spectacular home openers in franchise history, according to team officials.
Festivities for the game, which is scheduled as ESPN's Sunday night game, will include a full day of events including a tailgating contest, a Armed Forces tribute and a half-time concert by the rock group Smash Mouth.
– Fans can watch the pregame shows on giant projection screen televisions,
listen to local rock band Yo, Flaco! perform live on stage, mingle with Broncos
Alumni, Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot, and enjoy $2 Budweiser and Bud Lights
and $2 food specials – all in the comfort of a climate-controlled environment
located on the south side of the stadium. The doors open at 2:00 p.m., with
happy hour specials and two early bird raffles between 2:00 and 4:00.
Tailgating – A limited number of first-come, first-serve tailgating spots, located near the players' parking lot on the south end of the stadium in Lot C, 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 2004 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." Sunday night's theme is "Smash the Chiefs." 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 DenverBroncos.com/tailgating.
Inflatables – A field-goal kicking area, obstacle course, touchdown run and climbing wall slide will be set up for fans both young and old to enjoy. Hosted by various Clear Channel radio stations, the inflatable areas offer fans the chance to test their football skills prior to kickoff.
McDonald's Sign-Making Area – Prior to all 2004 home games, fans can create a sign to show their support for the Broncos. Placards and pens will be available in three locations – at the MVT Pad, in the Broncos Barn and on the east side of the Lower Concourse inside the stadium.
In addition, the team has also arranged some pregame activities that are unique to Sunday's contest against the Chiefs:
Budweiser Clydesdales – Famous for their appearances on the beer company's television ads, this majestic horse team will be on-hand before the game for photo opportunities with fans.
Coca-Cola Fan Van – This traveling interactive kids zone will be at the stadium, with a variety of football-related activities taking place near Gate 1.
Bud Light Pregame Giveaway – As fans 21 and over enter the stadium, they will be given a magnetic 2004 Denver Broncos schedule, compliments of Bud Light.
Born On Beer – On the day of the game, Budweiser will be bringing freshly brewed beer from their brewery in Fort Collins, giving fans the chance to enjoy the freshest Budweiser and Bud Light draught beer on game day.
Once inside the stadium, the Broncos also have a series of special events planned for fans: Sunday's game is dedicated to the U.S. military forces that have served, or are still serving, in Operation 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.
The crowd will be a sea of orange, as each fan will be given an orange pom-pom upon entering the stadium.
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.
The evening's halftime will feature a very special musical performance by Smash Mouth, with supporting performances by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and high school cheerleaders from around the Denver area. The group, named for Mike Ditka's brand of "smash-mouth football," has had several top 10 hits and platinum albums, and is best known for their hit single "All Star."