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  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MDT Orange Night Ride

    The year's Orange Ride is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. from the Denver City and County Building. We have put together a list of activities leading up to that night's Broncos game against San Diego. We hope to see you there!
    3-4 p.m. Pregame fan rally in front of Denver City and County Building
    4:30 p.m. Ride departs Denver City and County Building to Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5:00 p.m. Ride arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5-6 p.m. Orange Ride pregame tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    6:00 p.m. Orange Ride departs stadium to Tavern Downtown to watch the Broncos game
    6:25 p.m. Watch the Broncos game while enjoying Tavern Downtown’s food and drink specials
    And don't forget that the Broncos and Denver B-cycle have teamed up to offer a new bike valet service for home games for the 2014 season, giving fans a place to park their bike in a secure place staffed by B-cycle volunteers!
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

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  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins The Denver Broncos take on the AFC East Miami Dolphins. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 6:30 PM MST Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face AFC West foe the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 2:05 PM MST Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 Tribute Game Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 tribute game. Teams will be recognized before the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Tradition

The Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium

How do you measure the soul of a city?

In Denver, for the better part of four decades, it's been by the Broncos, and by Mile High Stadium.

From the first nationally televised Monday night game in 1973, through 26 postseason games that include back-to-back World Championships and four other Super Bowl appearances, the Broncos arguably have provided the Mile High City's primary identity on a national level.

Not only did the Broncos win consecutive Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998, but they established all-time pro football records for most wins in two seasons (33), most playoff wins in two seasons (seven), and most wins ever in three seasons (46, from 1996-98), all records that will be very difficult to challenge.

All this was done while playing in the venerable Mile High Stadium.

The attachment of Denver's fans with their football team and stadium stands out as unusual even in a city that has as strong an affinity for all its teams as does Denver-whether judged by 31 consecutive seasons of sellouts (with the last non-sellout being in 1969), by the highest local television ratings of any NFL city during that time frame, or just by the impact of Bronco wins and losses on Denver's collective Monday morning psyche.

Denver's love affair for and support of the Broncos certainly helped spawn the eventual arrival and fan loyalty to the other professional teams here, but the term "Broncomania" was born out of necessity as a response to the genuine fanaticism surrounding pro football in the Mile High City.

Mile High Stadium was the birthplace of Broncomania. The stadium nurtured both the fans and the team, and watched Broncomania become a national phenomenon.

The nation's first truly regional sports franchise, the Broncos were the first major league team to call Denver home, beginning play as a charter member of the new American Football League, with its first season being 1960.

The Denver Broncos have played in Mile High Stadium since their inception. The stadium was originally built in 1948 with a capacity of 18,000 for the city's minor league baseball team, the Denver Bears. Capacity was doubled in 1960 for the Broncos' first season.

In 1967, the Denver Broncos faced a crisis when voters declined a bond issue to construct a new stadium. But local fans came to the rescue, forming a non-profit group called the "DOERS," and raising 1.8 million to purchase Bears Stadium from its private owners and present the deed to the city.

The following year, the addition of an upper deck increased capacity to 50,000 and the facility was re-named Denver Mile High Stadium. In 1971, voters approved a $25 million bond issue to expand the stadium to more than 75,00 seats.

The capacity of Mile High Stadium now stands at 76,082, making it one of the largest facilities in the National Football League. Unfortunately, at over 50 years of age, it is also the oldest stadium in the NFL, with more pro football games having been played in it than in any other stadium currently occupied. Given the dynamics of modern stadium design and the financial imperatives of professional sports in the 1990's, the need for a new football venue was obvious, and the Broncos will move into their new stadium for the 2001 season.

The new stadium assures a prominent place for Denver as professional football prepares to move into the 21st century.

The new stadium will be a fabulous venue for the Broncos, but in our hearts, Mile High Stadium will be with us always.

by Jim Saccomano
Denver Broncos Vice President of Media Relations