Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock has proclaimed Friday, Jan. 13 to be “Orange Friday” in the city and county of Denver to support the Broncos before their AFC Divisional contest at New England, which will kick off at 6 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 14.
“Denver is electric with enthusiasm for the Broncos,” Mayor Hancock said. “It’s up to our fans to come together, continue to show support for our team and give them the energy needed to keep this magical season going.”
The Mayor is encouraging Broncos fans to wear orange on Friday, and the City has announced other initiatives that will be in effect leading up to Saturday’s game:
Fans are invited to help transform Bannock St. in front of the City and County Building into a giant “Good Luck Broncos” card with sidewalk chalk. At 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Mayor Hancock will sign the card and unveil the renaming of Bannock St. to “Broncos Boulevard” for the rest of the week.
In partnership with the Civic Center Conservancy, Mayor Hancock is also inviting fans to lunch in Civic Center with local food trucks selling Denver’s culinary delights from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Fans can bring canned goods to Civic Center Park beginning Friday for the “Cans from Fans” food drive co-hosted by the Broncos and FoodWorks Colorado.
The City and County Building will be lit with orange and blue every night until game day.
The Denver International Airport sign on Peña Boulevard and several large LED signs along 14th Street will be illuminated with orange and blue lights.
“Go Broncos” messages will be installed on 6,000 smart parking meter screens throughout Denver.
The Denver International Airport train will feature a Broncos message from John Elway, and DIA employees and ambassadors will wear “Mile High Magic” buttons.
Broncos mascot Miles’ jersey will be hung on the downtown Pavilions, as pictured below.
Mayor Hancock will participate in another mayor-to-mayor wager, this time with Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino.
The wayfinder sign lights along the 16th Street Mall will be changed to orange and blue.
The city is encouraging Downtown Denver building owners to display orange and blue lighting.
AM 850 KOA’s live game coverage will be broadcast over the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park sound system for ice skaters to enjoy. On Saturday, the Southwest Rink is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Skating is free, and skate rentals are free if skaters wear orange or a Broncos jersey.
Below is the official proclamation from the Mayor’s office:
COLORADO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PENS POEMS
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs is as big a Broncos fan as anyone, and checked in with two poems he wrote about the team as it prepares to travel to New England to take on the Patriots this Saturday.
Rocky Mountain Thunder
Salute the Patriots!
Paul Revere, John Adams, Emily Dickinson,
the Oxbow of the Connecticut River the Hudson River
painters revered as the opening to the West.
Through forest and plains the Great Divide stands
for open country at the heart of the continent,
Ride, you Rocky Mountain thunder, Ride!
-Greg Hobbs 1/11/2012
Orange Glow in the West!
Scientists call the orange glow in the West
a scientific phenomenon
Poets and travel agents say the sun tucks the peaks
to sleep every night on its way to Hawaii
Others favor a more theological explanation,
Las Vegas bettors won’t give you any odds on that.
But, I’m a judge dependent on a careful analysis of all the facts
and rational well-crafted arguments . . .
Go Tebow! Go Broncos!
-Greg Hobbs 1/8/2012
Tags: AFC Divisional Round, Mayor Hancock, New England Patriots, Orange, Orange Friday