Fans eager for the start of the 2012 season, which kicks off Sunday night at 6:20 p.m. MDT at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, are encouraged to head downtown this evening at 5 p.m. for the Broncos’ “Back to Football” Pep Rally.
The event will take place at Skyline Park (16th and Arapahoe) and feature appearances by former Broncos Mark Jackson, Vance Johnson, Billy Thompson and Ebenezer Ekuban, as well as current players including running back Willis McGahee, tight end Joel Dreessen, linebacker Joe Mays, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Wesley Woodyard. The alumni are scheduled to be there from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with McGahee and his teammates attending from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Joining the current and former players will be both Thunder and Miles the mascots, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and a live band. Attendees will also get to enjoy food and drink specials, autographs, photo opportunities and merchandise giveaways.
Fans can also win prizes by telling the Broncos about their plans for “Back to Football Friday.” Downtown businesses are encouraged to have their employees participate in tonight’s event, and the winning offices will be rewarded with United Club tickets for the home opener and visits from Broncos celebrities, courtesy of Einstein Bros. Bagels.
In addition, registered schools are in the running for a $10,000 NFL Play 60 grant from the NFL. There’s also a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans for fans who visit www.NFL.com/backtofootball.
As part of the festivities, fans are encouraged to wear orange to Sunday’s season-opener, as the Broncos will be wearing their home orange jerseys against the Steelers. Those attending the game will receive an orange rally towel, courtesy of Bud Light.