Hello Broncos Country!
I am Lindy, a second-year veteran of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. As you know, our Broncos were victorious in their sizzling home opener this past Sunday 31-14 against the Seahawks on what turned out to be an unseasonably hot day with record high temperatures (91° at kickoff and even hotter on the field!). To all of the fans that braved the Mile High heat to see the win, I’m sure you would agree that it was well worth it.
I thought that this portion of the cheerleader blog might be an interesting opportunity to fill the fans in on what game day is like in the shoes of a DBC. Contrary to popular belief, the time commitment for a DBC on game days at Invesco is more than simply from opening kickoff to the final whistle. Enjoy!
On a typical Sunday home game for the Broncos, kickoff is at 2:05pm. For the DBC’s, game day begins around 9 a.m. when we arrive at the stadium to prepare for the team field rehearsal. The rehearsal is the time for us to fine-tune all of our formations and dance moves, as well as the opportunity to refine coordination with the routines and the music.
Depending on the game, we may have a pregame and/or a half time routine to go over in addition to our sideline and quarter-break routines. Field rehearsal is the one of the most important items of game day preparation for the team, as the sharpness and synchronization of the routines is key to getting the fans excited and energized for the Broncos.
After field rehearsal, we head back to the DBC locker room to eat our pregame meal and change into game uniforms. This portion of the schedule is not particularly long, so the locker room is abuzz with fast-tempo energy for all of the girls trying to eat, do makeup/hair, and change outfits practically at the same time. And not to mention the pre-game jitters as kickoff gets closer!
Just under two hours before kickoff, we leave the locker room and separate to different promotion locations in and around the stadium to greet the fans.
Usually in small groups, we get the opportunity to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, in addition to meeting each and every one face to face. I especially love this part of pregame because we get to see the excitement in the eyes of the Broncos fans, and it truly is inspiring to say the least.
After the promotions, we meet back in the DBC locker room to do our pregame pump up speech (see, players aren’t the only ones that do this!). This is the time for us to gather our thoughts and remember why we are so blessed-because we get to go out with 75,000 die-hard fans and lead them in cheering for the Broncos.
After the pump-up speech, we head onto the field for our pregame routine, the tunnel introductions, kickoff at 2:05pm, and eventually end with high fiving the fans after the Broncos have won!
I hope this has been an enjoyable read for all of you Broncos fans out there. Thank you for taking the time put your feet in the shoes of a Denver Broncos Cheerleader on game day. Follow along all season as we cheer our Broncos towards many more victories!
Look for more thoughts from Lindy and other Broncos cheerleaders throughout the 2010 season.