The sun is beginning to set, the field is freshly-painted, and the players have started warmups as we get set for football under the lights here at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Excitment is building here at the stadium as the Bronocs welcome the rival Raiders for this Monday Night Football season opener.
The end zones have a new look to them this year, with the Bronco logo on display along with “Broncos” lettering in orange outlined in white.
The Bronco logo is also at midfield.
6:07 p.m. MST: Kyle Orton is standing at the 30-yard line throwing some routes with the receivers.
Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn and Adam Weber are also alternating getting some throws in on the side.
6:13 p.m. MST: Several Raiders are now on the field, including QB Jason Campbell, who is getting some throws in.
6:16 p.m. MST: Orton is now at the 40-yard line, throwing deep balls to the corner of the end zone to his wideouts.
In case you missed it, click here for a preview of tonight’s game that went up on the website yesterday.
6:25 p.m. MST: Matt Prater is now taking some warmup kicks from the 14-yard line.
6:40 p.m. MST: Players have cleared off the field for the most part as they head back to the locker rooms to start putting on the pads.
6:49 p.m. MST: Fans are scattered throughout the stadium and there is plenty of orange in the stands.
6:58 p.m. MST: Britton Colquitt is on the field now — the first Bronco seen in his orange jersey and pads tonight.
Here are INACTIVES for the Broncos: M. Thomas, D. Thomas, Ty Warren, D.J. Williams, Tony Hills, Manny Ramirez, and Derrick Harvey
Here are INACTIVES for the Raiders: Murphy, Mitchell, Davis II, Bruce Campbell, Hagan, Ausberry and Boss
7:06 p.m. MST: Prater and Lonie Paxton have now joined Colquitt on the field.
7:06 p.m. MST: Raiders specialists are also out there.
7:10 p.m. MST: Broncos and Raiders specialists now chatting a bit before some warmup kicks.
Below are some photos from the early warmup session:
7:20 p.m. MST: Eric Decker, Eddie Royal and Cassius Vaughn are now fielding some punts.
7:21 p.m. MST: Several Raiders just trotted out of the tunnel and were showered with boos.
7:26 p.m. MST: Brandon Lloyd just ran out of the tunnel and is now pumping the crowd up near the end zone. Crowd is waving the orange towels they were given for tonight’s game.
7:29 p.m. MST: Orton, Tebow and Quinn just came out of the tunnel to a loud round of cheers.
7:32 p.m. MST: QBs are now throwing short passes to the wideouts. The Broncos secondary just took the field and Brian Dawkins got the crowd going on his way out.
7:37 p.m. MST: Broncos offensive and defensive linemen just trotted out of the tunnel and the team is meeting in the end zone for the team huddle led by Dawkins.
7:39 p.m. MST: Head Coach John Fox is now going down the stretch lines, shaking hands with all his players.
7:42 p.m. MST: Players have now broken up into their respective position groups for some quick drills.
7:46 p.m. MST: The referees just spent some time practicing their flag-tossing skills.
7:49 p.m. MST: The offense and defense are now lined up against each other for some plays at half-speed.
7:51 p.m. MST: The Raiders have exited the field. Plenty of boos echoed from the stands as they left, of course.
7:54 p.m. MST: The Broncos went back into the locker rooms with the crowd on their feet as they walked off the field.
7:57 p.m. MST: Gotta say, the fans did a great job wearing their orange tonight. Great atmosphere here at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
8:04 p.m. MST: It was just announced that kickoff has been moved to 8:25.
8:08 p.m. MST: Parade of Colors now taking place on the field as a tribute for 9/11.
8:14 p.m. MST: The Raiders have taken the field (yes, plenty of boos).
8:15 p.m. MST: Broncos’ cheerleaders are lined-up ready for the team to storm out of the tunnel.
8:16 p.m. MST: And here come the Broncos… Starting lineups now being announced.
8:17 p.m. MST: The starting defense was introduced for the Broncos as each member came out of the tunnel.
Captains are at midfield for coin toss. Head over to the first half blog to follow the action.