Greetings from INVESCO Field at Mile High. We’re just a few hours away from the kickoff of today’s Legacy Game between the Denver Broncos (4-0) and Boston Patriots (3-1). Keep it here for today’s sights and sounds from the stadium, which include 1960 AFL uniforms, retro end zones and black-and-white scenes on ThunderVision. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook throughout the game.
Here’s a look at the gameday weather and traffic for today’s matchup:
Broncos vs. Patriots: Weather
Broncos vs. Patriots: Traffic
11:55 a.m. MDT: Kyle Orton is out on the field, having a pregame chat with CBS Sports color commentator and former NFL quarterback Phil Simms.
12:05 p.m. MDT: Chris Simms and Tom Brandstater have joined Orton. Simms is working on three-step drops, while Brandstater chats with Chris’ father, Phil.
12:15 p.m. MDT: Matt Prater has taken the field with the retro socks in full force, kicking field goals from the 20-yard line.
12:23 p.m. MDT: Along with the players, the coaching staff will also be wearing classic colors today. Coaching Assistant Ben McDaniels has entered the field wearing a brown polo with a yellow, long-sleeved shirt underneath. On the other side, several Patriots are out on the field, donning bright red socks with a gray stripe, and blue knit caps with a red and white beanie on top.
12:35 p.m. MDT: Wide receivers coach Adam Gase is working on short crossing routes with Eddie Royal. Royal has the retro brown knit cap with the yellow beanie, but has yet to get in his full retro getup. Jabar Gaffney has also taken the field, running some pregame sprints. The only noticeable yellow worn by him is his gloves and his cleats.
12:44 p.m. MDT: Fans are starting to file into the INVESCO Field at Mile High seats. Several have brought out mustard yellow jerseys of their own for this retro game, including a pair of fans wearing No. 60 to commemorate the first season of Broncos football.
12:50 p.m. MDT: Brett Kern is the first Bronco to come out in the full 1960 attire. He is working on end-over-end punts, with three of his kicks going 50-plus yards.
12:54 p.m. MDT: A pair of the referees have taken the field in their 1960s ensembles. It includes red and white striped shirts, with white hats, white pants and black cleats.
12:59 p.m. MDT: Lonie Paxton has joined Kern, greeting some former friends from the Patriots staff. Paxton was with the Patriots from 2000-08, before joining the Broncos this offseason.
1:04 p.m. MDT: Prater has come out to work on field goals, testing his leg from as far out as 60 yards. Prater connected from that dHe is being watched closely by Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer, who has on a retro brown jacket with gray sleeves.
1:11 p.m. MDT: Here are the inactives for this afternoon’s game. For the Broncos – Tom Brandstater, Correll Buckhalter, Spencer Larsen, Seth Olsen, Chris Baker, Brandon Gorin, Brandon Lloyd and Jarvis Moss. For the Patriots – WR Joey Galloway, RB Fred Taylor, CB Terrence Wheatley, S James Sanders, OL Rich Ohrnberger, G Kendall Simmons, DL Terdell Sands and DL Ron Brace.
Here are some more photos from down on the field, courtesy of Gray Caldwell.
1:19 p.m. MDT: Fans are currently being serenaded to the tune of a couple singing in a black-and-white 1960s Corn Flakes cereal commercial. All images on the ThunderVision screen will be black and white this afternoon, excluding game replays.
1:25 p.m. MDT: The Broncos return team has taken the field. Eddie Royal and Alphonso Smith are working on punts, while Kenny McKinley and Peyton Hillis are standing in the end zone waiting for kickoffs. Both Tom Brady and Kyle Orton are out on the field, working on short throws with their respective coaches. The Patriots are in their all-white AFL uniforms, with red trim and red lettering.
1:29 p.m. MDT: Head Coach Josh McDaniels has joined his players on the field, and is chatting with linebackers coach Don Martindale. Both coaches are sporting gray legacy hoodies, with white caps that have the 1960 Broncos horseman logo.
1:33 p.m. MDT: The Broncos have begun their stretches, with President/Chief Executive Officer Pat Bowlen watching from midfield.
1:37 p.m. MDT: Brandon Marshall is getting loose to TI and Rihanna’s ‘Live your Life.’ Marshall is wearing the brown and yellow beanie, along with yellow cleats and yellow gloves.
1:43 p.m. MDT: The Broncos cheerleaders and Broncos junior cheerleaders have taken the field in their own 1960 retro uniforms. The look includes yellow wool sweaters, white pom poms, white hair bows, and long white socks.
1:51 p.m. MDT: Miles the mascot has paralleled the players with his own No. 00 retro mustard yellow uniform, while Thunder the Bronco has yellow socks and a brown saddle for the commemorative game. Other retro elements around the stadium include sponsors names in a 1960s Broncos font on the scoreboards, as well as yellow 19660 flags hanging on the South end of the upper deck. The PA announcer also addressed the crowd with a “Welcome back to 1960.”
2:03 p.m. MDT: The Broncos All-50th first team has taken the field, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. On hand are legends ranging from Simon Fletcher to Mark Schlereth. Surrounding them are flags of the original eight AFL teams. That includes the Patriots and Broncos, plus the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, New York Titans, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Texans and Buffalo Bills.
2:11 p.m. MDT: Both teams have taken the field, and we’re minutes away from kickoff. Be sure to switch over to our first half live blog to follow all the action.