More fans watched the Broncos play in Denver this season than any other in the team’s history.
The Broncos set a home attendance record with a total of 613,062 fans packing Sports Authority Field at Mile High. That topped the previous mark of 612,893 that was set in 2007.
That home-field advantage spurred the team to a 7-1 record at home this year — and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The strong regular-season showing came on the heels of a record-setting training camp. A total of 84,380 fans took in the team’s 16 open practices, which nearly doubled the previous record of 45,124 that was set in 2011.
The Broncos’ road attendance of 544,717 fans ranked fifth in franchise history. Overall, 1,157,779 people watched the Broncos play live and in-person this year, with that total representing the third-most in team annals.
With the Broncos securing the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, the road to New Orleans comes through Denver, where the team will be looking for their fans to amp up their intensity for the playoffs.
“We’re going to need the crowd to be as loud as ever,” defensive end Elvis Dumervil said. “As we practice it and get better, hopefully the fans are practicing getting louder.”