Broncos move training camp to Dove Valley

The Denver Broncos Monday announced that the team is moving its summer training camp to the Broncos' permanent facility at Dove Valley Business Park in Arapahoe County.

The Denver Broncos Monday announced that the team is moving its summer training camp to the Broncos' permanent facility at Dove Valley Business Park in Arapahoe County.

The team has had its preseason camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for the past 21 years.

Due to the emphasis on intensive off-season conditioning programs and mini-camps throughout pro football, there is less emphasis on the previous need to take players away from their team's city for a significant length of time for training.

Broncos President Pat Bowlen said that "the concept of training camp has changed considerably over the last 20 years; it is much shorter in length, now three weeks as opposed to six, there are fewer practices in full pads, and fewer practices overall."

In addition, the team's trainers and equipment people will have the advantage of their normal, spacious working environments, without having to re-create a virtual second headquarters for a limited, three-week period.

Denver will be one of 10 NFL teams to have training camp at their regular facilities in 2003.

The team also announced that it will shortly begin work on the creation of a new artificial turf practice field at its permanent headquarters. The surface of the new field will be a synthetic infill, of the type already in use at several college and National Football League stadiums and which has proven to be popular among players and coaches.

"The new field being created here is a big impetus for us," said Bowlen. "It does not require water, of course, which is a big benefit to the team and the entire community as time goes on, and many players like it as much as grass. The development of synthetic infill turf over the last few years is a big plus."

This new field will give the team the benefit of a third 100-yard field, in addition to the two 100-yard grass fields which the Broncos already have, creating less wear on the other fields during the entire regular season.

The Broncos are working on a plan for limited public access at the summer training camp.

"Times have changed, and the styles of training camp have changed," said Bowlen. "We thank the Greeley community and UNC for 21 years of tremendous service. Greeley was a great location, but the opportunity to do it at our headquarters is too beneficial to pass up."

Prior to their 21 camps at UNC in Greeley from 1982-2002, the Broncos trained at Colorado State University in Fort Collins (1962-64 and 1976-81), California Poly in Pomona (1972-75), at the Broncos headquarters in Adams County (1967-71), and at Colorado School of Mines in Golden (1960-61 and 1965-66).

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