Opening day comes at home but once a year. It is always exciting, and always big.
By attendance and by record, it has been bigger in Denver than anywhere else in the league since Pat Bowlen bought the club.
Very few teams in National Football League history have had a history in openers as supreme as have the Denver Broncos under the ownership of Pat Bowlen.
Since Mr. Bowlen took over the reigns of the Broncos in 1984, the Mile High City’s entry in the NFL has had a mark like no other team, literally.
The Broncos are 23-3 in their first game at home under Mr. B. That is the best in the NFL.
It includes the Broncos being undefeated at INVESCO Field at Mile High, starting with that memorable night which turned out to be the eve of 9/11.
The Broncos beat the New York Giants that night to christen the new stadium, and they have never looked back regarding their perfect opening day record in the new stadium.
This week the Seattle Seahawks come to Denver, and while it seems like old home week to Bronco fans due to the long tenure which the Seahawks had in the AFC Western Division, they actually come in as an NFC team now.
It does not quite seem the same, but they still have the familiar Seahawk logo on the helmet and they come in off a thumping which they administered in their own home opener last week to their division rival San Francisco 49ers.
They will be a tough foe, as every team in the NFL is, but Broncos fans will turn out in full force to cheer on another Denver opening day win.
The last time the Broncos did not have a sellout crown watching the home opener was back in 1969 when they beat the Boston Patriots, 35-7 before just 43,482. That was the very last year in which the Broncos played home games before any non-sellouts.
Every home game since then has been sold out.
Sunday marks 41 straight years of home opener sellouts for the Denver Broncos, and their 23-3 record under Pat Bowlen is by far the best in the NFL during that time period and is understood to be the best in all of American pro sport during that 26-year span.