ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos faithful will get their first taste of NFL stadium action for the 2010 season at 6 p.m. on August 7. INVESCO Field at Mile High turns into a practice field for the night, hosting a free training camp session open to the public.
Last year the swath of 13,402 fans who attended the event made it the most highly attended practice in franchise history, so fans are encouraged to head over to the stadium early to avoid the delays from the large crowds.
Holding a practice in the stadium allows to team run the gamut of scenarios that might come up in an NFL contest.
“The stadium practice will be a great opportunity for the team and coaches to get re-acclimated with our stadium,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “We’ll get a chance to run through all of the elements of a live game experience, including sideline communication and the setup of the coaches’ booth.”
A chance to perform in front of a live audience can also add an electric element to the practice.
“It … provides us the opportunity to have an energetic practice in front of our great fans, which always excites the players and the staff in training camp,” McDaniels said.
The team will compete in full-gear and line up head-to-head in several “live” periods, allowing the smack of shoulder pads and face masks to ring out in downtown Denver.
Admission and available parking in the lots adjacent to the stadium are free to the public. Entry to the stadium will be through Gate 4 and Gate 10 starting at 5 p.m. for the practice that will run from 6-8 p.m. Fan seating is general admission, and fans will be directed to available seating sections once they arrive.
After the practice, former Bronco Floyd Little’s induction speech for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 will be shown to fans on ThunderVision on the main scoreboards.