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DENVER -- The official game-time temperature for the Broncos' season opener against the Baltimore Ravens was 88 degrees, the sixth-hottest home game-time temperature in team history.

The parking lots were still filled with grills, games and plenty of orange. For Broncos Country, it was a typical Sunday, although a bit different than they are in December.

“There’s definitely less clothes going on to kind of keep cool a little,” Bryant Gunn said while cutting up some meat off the grill. “Seems like a midsummer football game. Doesn’t seem like September. That’s the beauty of Colorado.”

Broncos fans are always prepared for the weather, whether it’s 88 degrees or 8 degrees.

“I’ve got a tank top on and then I’ve got the bikini on,” season ticket holder Amy Cronan said. “It’s necessary. We’re on the east-side (of the stadium) so we are going to be getting the sun all day.”

When it ends with a Broncos win, a little sweat was certainly worth it.

“It was great,” Chris Arnold said. “Defense looked good, so I like the defense. Offense … not so much.”

That was the popular opinion for most Broncos fans after the game, although they know it’s a work in progress.

“We have to shake the rust off,” Marcus Schiff said. “We got a new head coach.”

The last time the Broncos played in a hotter game-time temperature at home was in 2010, when it was 91 degrees as Denver hosted Seattle on Sept. 19.

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