Denver, Colo. - - On Wednesday, June 22, the Denver Broncos took southwest Colorado by storm. Over the following six days, the Broncos visited Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango, Alamosa, Walsenburg and Pueblo to kick-off the second annual Broncos Country Caravan presented by U.S. Bank, Ticketmaster, the Colorado Department of Transportation the Heat is On! Campaign and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.
Denver Broncos alum, Ebenezer Ekuban, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Krystal Lynn Archer, Becky Hamm, Margaret Foy, Tristin Dear, Miles the Mascot as well as the Lombardi Trophies, all made the trip.
Grand Junction was the first city to be designated as a member of Broncos Country. The Caravan made a visit to Community Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, where Miles the Mascot, Broncos Cheerleaders and Ekuban visited with staff and patients. They then stopped off at a local U.S. Bank for some autographs and photo opportunities for customers. The day was topped off by a Broncos Country Caravan City Celebration at Stocker Stadium where fans were able to meet the celebrities, see the Super Bowl trophies, play interactive games and win great prizes. Also new to the city celebration was the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Combine, where fans had the opportunity to see how the ranked with NFL players by testing their abilities in the 40 yard dash, broad jump, and vertical jump. Colorado Department of Transportation was also in attendance spreading the word on their “100 Days of Heat” DUI enforcement campaign. Fans had the chance to throw a football as fast as they could, while officers armed with a radar gun, reported the speed.
From Grand Junction, the Caravan headed south to Montrose. There, staff and patients at Montrose Memorial Hospital were greeted by Miles the Mascot, Broncos Cheerleaders and Broncos alum Ekuban. The Caravan also made a stop at a local U.S. Bank for autographs and photos with the above Broncos personalities. The Broncos Country City Celebration took place along the streets of Montrose as part of the city’s Main in Motion where over 5,000 Broncos fans gathered to support their team.
“We were completely amazed with the turnout in Montrose! It was great to give the citizens of Montrose a glimpse of the Broncos that they rarely have a chance to see in their own city. It was great to have this kind of support,” said Dustin Frost, Events and Special Projects Coordinator.
The Caravan then embarked on one of the more memorable and beautiful legs of the trip as they had the opportunity to travel over three mountain passes topping at 11,300 feet before reaching their destination in Durango. While in Durango, Miles the Mascot, Broncos Cheerleaders and Broncos alum Ekuban started the day signing autographs and taking photos at Mercy Regional Hospital. The Caravan then made a stop at the local City Market for autographs and photos, before heading to the City Celebration at Buckley Park.
After wrapping up Durango, the Caravan then headed back east towards Alamosa. While in Alamosa the Broncos celebrities in attendance had the opportunity to visit SLV Regional Medical Center and the local McDonalds, where fans had the chance to get autographs and take photos. The day culminated with the City Celebration at Cole Park, where nearly 1000 people came out to support the Broncos.
The Caravan then made a stop in Walsenburg, CO where Broncos celebrities had the opportunity to meet the staff and patients at Spanish Peaks Hospital. During the City Celebration held at City Park, Mayor Bruce Quintana proclaimed June 26, 2011 “Denver Bronco Day”.
“We are honored that the city of Walsenburg has proclaimed this day Bronco Day. We know we have great support here and really appreciate it. With the turnout today we can definitely say Walsenburg is a huge part of Broncos Country,” stated Events and Special Projects Coordinator, Dustin Frost.
From Walsenburg the Caravan headed north to the final destination on the southwest leg, stopping in Pueblo. The Caravan made a visit to Parkview Medical Center, where Miles the Mascot, Broncos Cheerleaders and Broncos alum Ekuban visited with staff and patients. They then stopped off at a local U.S. Bank and Verizon Wireless for some autographs and photo opportunities for customers. The day was topped off by a Broncos Caravan City Celebration at Dutch Clark Stadium, where nearly 1,200 Bronco fans came out to support the cheerleaders.
“While visiting these six communities, we were able to interact with roughly 8,000 Broncos fans – a number that shows the type of dedication and devotion southwestern Colorado has for our team,” said Senior Marketing Manager, Sandy Young.
850KOA, Broncos radio partner were also on-site in each stop along with the Broncos radio station affiliates in each city. In addition, U.S. Bank provided customized stickers to fans in select cities and Ticketmaster promoted their Broncos TicketExchange program. These partners along with CDOT and Rocky Mountain Health Plans mentioned above all contributed to the success of Broncos Country Caravan.
The second leg of the nine-city tour will begin in late September. For more information and photos, please visit DenverBroncos.com/caravan.