DENVER — The Broncos open the season Thursday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the metro area is buzzing with excitement.
The NFL has released some words to the wise, including a schedule for the day, freebies for fans and a can’t-miss concert.
Fans attending the game are encouraged to be in their seats by 6 p.m. with pregame entertainment beginning at approximately 6:20 p.m.
The entertainment will include a special “Championship Celebration” recognizing the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win.
There are some new game-day features for this year.
Mile High Monument
A structure built to honor the rich history of long-gone Mile High Stadium, Mile High Monument will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The structure is approximately one-eighth the size of the original Mile High Stadium, and will offer fans a look into the history and greatest moments at the venue, which served as the Broncos’ home stadium from 1960 to 2000.
The monument can accommodate up to 300 people, and will include a video scoreboard with a replica Bucky statue, dimmed LED stadium lighting and original Mile High Stadium seats.
Fans can find the monument in Lot J located northwest of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Bud Light Roof Tops
The Bud Light Roof Tops on the fifth level on the west and east sides offer expanded lounge-like settings complete with TVs, phone chargers and great views.
Access is free (food and beverage are available for purchase) for all fans. Entrances are across from Sections 511 (West) and 537 (East).
Twitter Vending Machine
The NFL’s first Twitter vending machine continues for its second season.
The user’s interface has been updated as fans can take a picture of Broncos Bud Light Team Can using #MyTeamCan and a random code to win a prize that could include complimentary beer at the current or a future game, Broncos Bud Light skis or other wearable merchandise, seat upgrades, ski lift tickets and more.
Raise One to the Champs with Bud Light and Ibotta
On Thursday only, fans can earn cash back from Ibotta when purchasing Bud Light throughout the state. Each user is allowed one rebate redemption from the three exclusive offers.
Exclusive rebate offers include
- Earn a $4 rebate on the purchase of one Bud Light draft or bottle at any restaurant or bar
- Earn a $7.25 rebate on the purchase of one Bud Ligh® draft or bottle at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
- Earn a $4 rebate on the purchase of one Bud Light 12 pack or larger at any liquor store.
This offer can be redeemed inside the stadium at the following concession stands:
- Crafts and drafts: 103, 107, 114, 123, 506, 522, 536
- United Club Level: Fireside Bar West 306, Fireside Bar West 308, West Window Bar, Fireside Bar East 336, Fireside Bar East 338 and East Window Bar
All tickets and parking permits will be distributed through email or the attendees’ account manager. This allows fans to print their tickets and permits at home.
Game day entertainment timeline
Noon: Parking Lot C opens for early tailgating
1:30 p.m.: All parking lots open
2:30 p.m.: Mile High Mountain Village opens (access through Gate 4). All-you-can eat tailgate with 2-for-1 beer, prizes, visits from Miles the Mascot, alumni and cheerleaders. It is $20 a game preordered through Wednesday and $25 on Thursday. Entry to Mountain Village is only valid with a game day ticket.
3:30 p.m.: Premium gates open
4:30 p.m.: All stadium gates open
3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Noble Energy Sports Legends Mall opens with special bar service from Bud Light Build a Bar. TIMBER! The Band will be providing musical entertainment.
6 p.m.: Fans encouraged to be in their seats.
6:20 p.m.: Pregame entertainment begins, including: Thunderstorm and parade of colors
Fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the Broncos championship moments, culminating with the celebration of Super Bowl 50
The singer and songwriter Andra Day will perform. Her full-length debut, “Cheers to the Fall,” garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nod for “Best R&B Album,” while her single “Rise Up” notched a nomination for “Best R&B Performance.” At the 47th NAACP Image Awards, she received a nod for “Outstanding New Artist.”
6:40 p.m.: Kickoff
First quarter break: Denver native and Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken will be recognized as the game’s Broncos Country Hero.
Halftime: OneRepublic. In 2007, OneRepublic, founded by lead singer Ryan Tedder and lead guitarist Zach Filkins, released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud.