DENVER — Alan Roach, the deep-voiced baritone public address announcer of the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said Monday he is leaving Denver to take an “opportunity of a lifetime” as the PA announcer for the Minnesota Vikings.
Roach, who was laid off by KOA last year, thanked Broncos fans in a post on his website announcing the move.
“It’s not announcing the names that makes my job the best in the world, it’s the fans’ reactions that make all the difference!” Roach wrote. “And when it comes to fans, I’ve never experienced anywhere else in the world, a group of fans as passionate as those who follow the Denver Broncos!”
Roach introduced players before games the past 16 seasons and became the full-time PA announcer in 2007 after Alan Cass retired.
Roach was the Rockies’ first public address announcer from 1993 to 2006 and also the in-arena voice for the Avalanche. He also has announced hockey at the Winter Olympics since 2002.
The NFL later added to his schedule, having him announce Super Bowls XL to XLVII as well as on-camera hosting for the NFL Draft, Pro Bowl and the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.
Roach also provided airport information on the train system at Denver International Airport.
In February 2014, Roach was taken off his assignment for Super Bowl XLVIII because the Broncos played the Seattle Seahawks. The NFL claimed the Broncos would have a “competitive advantage” if their usual PA announcer would do so in the Super Bowl.
Roach will announce boxing at the Rio Olympics in August before starting his new assignment with the Vikings, who are opening U.S. Bank Stadium this year.
“I get to come home and announce for the NFL team I’ve loved since childhood! It’s a dream come true!” Roach wrote.