At long last, the sound of Broncos fans again filled Empower Field at Mile High on a Sunday afternoon, as 5,700 spectators were allowed to sit in the stands for the Week 3 game against Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.
But it was the 1,800 silent two-dimensional fans that drew most of the attention, as the entire town of Comedy Central's "South Park" was seated in the south stands.
"South Park" holds close ties to the region, as show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, grew up in Colorado and went to college in Boulder at the University of Colorado. Naturally, they're also big fans of the Broncos. The fictional town is set in central Colorado, and the Broncos have been mentioned or have appeared in the show several times since it began airing in 1997.
The residents of Comedy Central's "South Park" TV show will be in attendance at Sunday's game vs. the Buccaneers.
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Even beyond having the "South Park" cutouts in the stands, the game was a bit surreal for the fans, as CBS4's Conor McCue reports. "It was interesting," a fan named Mike told McCue. "I'm glad I was there, but it was really unusual."
As far as the game went, ESPN's Jeff Legwold broke down how the Broncos struggled in a variety of ways vs. the Buccaneers, from special-teams woes to the effect of myriad injuries, and more.