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Fans’ cars towed from stadium neighborhoods during Broncos’ opener

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DENVER -- The Broncos might have gotten the win in the regular-season home opener Sunday, but some fans left the game disappointed.

That’s because for those who didn’t follow the parking rules around the stadium, their cars were towed.

In many neighborhoods that surround Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the streets are lined with signs that say parking for permit A holders only on Saturdays and Sundays.

The permits are given to those who live in those neighborhoods.  For those who don’t but parked there anyway, they left the game to find their cars towed.

“I just saw cars getting, just like two cars to a tow truck.  Just like bam, bam, bam,” said one woman who lives near Jefferson Park, not far from the stadium.

“It’s going to be interesting to see them come back and there’s no car,” she said as she watched car after car towed away from in front of her home.

John Smith is one of those blindsided by the city’s play.

“I saw that there were signs about not parking during the week but I did not see any sign talking about today,” he said.

Many fans were trying to shave off a few yards on his walk to the stadium.

“I was just trying to find some place where I didn’t have to pay $40 to park," he said.

The move ended up costing him.

“Coming back to a car missing is not so much fun,” he said.

Inside the city of Denver’s temporary tow lot at 2000 W. Third Ave., tow truck drivers, dropped off dozens of cars.

They started a few hours before the game and continued until the game was over.

“I just want to go home,” Smith said as he called a friend for a ride to the lot.

A tow during the Broncos game will cost you.  The ticket from the city is $50 and the impound fee is $120. The best way to avoid it is to read the signs posted where you park before leaving your car to walk to the game. ​

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