On Thursday, the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off. But before the television broadcast even begins, Broncos fans can start the party early.
At 5:30 p.m. MDT this Thursday, April 26, the 2012 Broncos Draft Party gets started at The Tavern Downtown.
Fans have the opportunity to meet Broncos players, alumni and cheerleaders while watching the first round of the NFL Draft — in which the Broncos hold pick No. 25.
Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Quinton Carter, Joel Dreessen, Tom Nalen, Billy Thompson, Randy Gradishar and Vance Johnson are among the Broncos scheduled to appear.
There are prizes available, including the chance to meet the Broncos’ first pick, autographed items, draft VIP experiences and game tickets.
In addition, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway will address the draft party live minutes after the Broncos make their first selection.
There will be drink specials, and the party is free and open to the public.
On the same night at 5 p.m., long snapper Lonie Paxton is holding a night of bowling to help raise money for his Active Force Foundation.
Approximately 20 Broncos are expected to be at the party — held at Celebrity Lanes on Arapahoe Road in Centennial, Colo. — to bowl with fans and sponsors of the event.
Active Force Foundation provides opportunities for physically challenged individuals to engage in a healthy lifestyle through sports experience and education.