GAME DAY OVERVIEW

The Denver Broncos (5-1) will try to stay atop the AFC West Division standings when they host the San Diego Chargers (5-2) in Week 8 on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is set for 6:26 p.m. MDT.

360' View of Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Chargers Game from the 50 Yard Line

GAMEDAY SCHEDULE

12:00 PM:  Lot C Open for Early Tailgating
1:30 PM:  All Parking Open
2:30 PM:  Mountain Village Open 
3:00 PM:  Noble Energy Legends Mall Open
3:30 PM:  Gates 2 and 7 for Club & Suite Entry
4:30 PM:  All Stadium Gates Open
6:25 PM:  Kickoff - Broncos vs. San Diego


ARRIVE AT GATES BY 5:45 PM

Fans should enter the stadium no later than 5:45 pm (40 minutes prior to kickoff)  to minimize delays and inconvenience resulting from longer lines and heavier volume at gates at times closer to kickoff.  

SECURITY & BAG POLICY

Fans should review the stadium bag policy prior to arriving for the game.  All patrons are subject to security screening, including metal detector screening and inspection of all approved items carried in. A printable security & bag policy information flyer can be downloaded here.

ORANGE RIDE

The 2014 Orange Ride will take place on October 23rd prior to the Thursday night Chargers game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  An event unique to Denver and the Denver Broncos, the Orange Ride is an annual cycling celebration involving thousands of Broncos fans who all leave their cars at home and come to the stadium on bikes instead.  The 2014 Orange Ride is the first night ride in the event's history.  The following is the Orange Ride schedule.

3:00 PM:  Rally Outside City and County Building
4:30 PM:  Ride departs for Stadium
5:00 PM:  Stadium Tailgate until 6:00 PM.
6:00 PM:  Participants with game tickets enter stadium. Those without ride to Tavern Downtown to watch the game which kicks off at 6:25 PM.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow the official Twitter feed of Sports Authority Field at Mile High to receive real-time, game day traffic and parking updates and other game day information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TAILGATING
Early, first-come, first-served tailgating spaces in Parking Lot C will open to the public at 12 PM.  All stadium parking lots open at 1:30 PM.


NOBLE ENERGY GRILLE
The Noble Energy Grille is the centerpiece of the Broncos pregame tailgate party taking place from 3:30 PM - 6 PM outside the south end of the stadium.  Each game day, programming at the grill features a cook-off between a celebrity chef and Broncos alumni with up to 500 samples of a featured tailgate recipe distributed to fans.  

BRONCOS BIKE VALET
Located 
adjacent to Parking Lot J, the Broncos Bike Valet is staffed by Denver B-cycle volunteers offering a safe and secure location for fans to store bikes while at the game.  There is no charge to use the bike valet. Any donations received will go to Denver Bike Sharing, the non-profit entity that owns and operates the Denver B-cycle program.   


COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME LEGACY WALL
Located on the East side of the stadium outside Gate 8, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Legacy Wall offers a glimpse into Colorado sports history, with plaques honoring each year’s  Hall of Fame class of inductees.  Located at Gate #1 of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open during each home game and is open to all fans.

BRONCOS TEAM STORE
The Broncos Team Store will open starting at 9 AM for fans to check out the widest selection of official Denver Broncos merchandise available.  From 9 AM to 4 PM, entry to the team store is open to all fans from outside the stadium, between gates 9 and 10.  The Team Store will close at 4 PM, and reopen to ticketed fans only entering from the main concourse of the stadium, once public gates open at 4:30 PM.


MILE HIGH MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

The Mile High Mountain Village, located on the Main Concourse Level of the stadium will open to all ticket holders at 2:30 PM through Gate 4. There is no charge for admission to the Mountain Village for ticketed fans.  Ticketed fans can enjoy an all-you-can eat pregame tailgate in the Mountain Village for $15 ($100 for a full-season pass).  Tickets for the tailgate can be purchased inside Gate 4 once the Mountain Village opens at 2:30 PM. 

ENERPLEX
Discover Enerplex’s award-winning solar technology which allows fans to charge USB-enabled devices such as smartphones, cameras, and more without an outlet by renting (credit card required) or purchasing ($35-$40) one while at the stadium. Enerplex staff will be available at on-concourse locations to assist.  Locations on concourses are at section 100, 109, 118, 128, East & West United Clubs, 321, 509 & 533.

2014 STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS

CELLULAR NETWORK ENHANCEMENTS
Verizon and Sprint have strengthened and increased their cellular footprint at the stadium with hundreds of new antennas installed throughout both inside the stadium as well as outside, to improve connectivity in parking lots and other exterior areas.  Verizon subscribers will also benefit from expanded complimentary WiFi coverage in the seating bowl.  Wifi will be available In the near future for Sprint subscribers, thanks to Sprints investment in on-site wifi technology.

WIRELESS POINT OF SALE TECHNOLOGY
Technology allowing fans to utilize credit cards at on concourse portable food and beverage locations has been expanded throughout all levels of the stadium, doubling the number of portables that are able to accept credit cards for payment.  

LEVEL 3 CONCOURSE IMPROVEMENTS
Aesthetic improvements have been completed to the Level 3 north reserved concourse outside sections 316-330, giving the area a new, fresh appearance and improving the on concourse experience for fans through the installation of many additional flat screen televisions.  

WEATHER

BROADCAST INFORMATION

NATIONAL TV:  CBS / NFL Network (KCNC-TV):

Jim Nantz & Phil Simms - Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.

LOCAL RADIO:  KOA (850 AM)/The Fox (103.5 FM):
Dave Logan &  Ed McCaffrey - Andy Lindahl on the sidelines.

LOCAL SPANISH RADIO:
 KMXA (
1090 AM)/KJMN (92.1 FM):
Luis Canela. Rafael Medina and Javier Olivas will call the game.

NFL TOTAL ACCESS PREGAME SHOW

Before the game, fans will be able to watch the NFL Network pregame show, NFL Total Access Kickoff, with hosts Rich Eisen, Terrell Davis, Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin, going live to the nation starting at 4 PM from the studio set located outside the south end of the stadium by the Ring of Fame Plaza. 

Fans are encouraged to come by the NFL Total Access Kickoff set for a chance to be on-air and receive giveaways. A select group of fans will be chosen to meet and take photos with NFL Network talent during commercial breaks

Sixteen Broncos season-ticket members will be chosen to participate in the ultimate pregame experience of watching NFL Total Access Kickoff live in an on-set living room featuring a big-screen TV, lounge chairs and food and drinks. They will also appear on-air during the pregame show.

Broncos fans are encouraged to submit photos for Thursday Night Football Throwback Thursday using the #TBTNF hashtag. NFL Network will retweet and promote Thursday’s game with throwback content, including past matchup statistics, former player graphics and more.

BRONCOS PUBLIC RELATIONS

Broncos vs Chargers - October 23, 2014

2014 Season Information

ENTERTAINMENT

  • The Mile High Mountain Village will open at 2:30 p.m. It will feature an all-you-can-eat tailgate buffet and 2-for-1  $2 beers at the Tavern at Mile High along with prizes for attendees, face painting, the 850 KOA live pregame show and visits from Miles the Mascot, Broncos Alumni and Cheerleaders.
  • The Noble Energy Sports Legends Mall will host a Celebrity Chef Cook off at 5:30 PM featuring former Broncos receiver Rod Smith with Justin Brunson—Owner and Executive Chef of Old Major.  500 samples of a featured tailgate recipe will be prepared and distributed to fans at the Noble Energy Sports Legends Mall.
  • GameDay Magazines will be distributed to the first 45,000 fans at stadium gates. 
  • Julius Thomas posters, sponsored by Verizon, will be distributed to fans upon exiting the stadium.
  • Pregame entertainment will be provided by Denver Broncos CheerleadersStampede Drum Line and Thunderstorm Sky Divers
  • The National Anthem will be performed by Andy Kelso, star of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Kinky Boots.
  • The Coca-Cola Coin Toss will feature former Broncos safety Steve Foleywho played for the Broncos from 1976-86.
  • The halftime performance will be presented by the Colorado State University Marching Band

QUICK HITS

  • The Broncos enter Thursday’s game against San Diego with a 15-4 record in AFC West play during the last four seasons to rank second in the NFL in divisional win percentage (.789) during that span.

  • Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen ranks first among NFL owners with 312 overall wins since taking over the franchise in 1984.

  • The Broncos have totaled the third most overall wins (42) in the NFL since John Elway was hired in 2011

  • John Fox ranks fifth among active coaches with 120 career wins and is tied with Red Miller for the third-most victories (42) by a Broncos head coach.

  • QB Peyton Manning has broken Brett Favre’s record for the most passing touchdowns and looks to add to his career total of 510 passing scores.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas has 521 receiving yards in his last three games…the most prolific three-game stretch by a receiver in Broncos history.

  • LB Von Miller leads the NFL with eight sacks this season while DE DeMarcus Ware is tied for second with seven takedowns. 

VERIZON HOPELINE CELLULAR PHONE COLLECTION

Verizon is committed to helping the nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turning them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, Verizon has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to our partner agencies.

Verizon will be collecting old cell phones and cell phone accessories at the Broncos vs Chargers game. Old phones and cellular accessories should be brought to the Verizon studio located on the main concourse by Section 127 and Gate 8.