No matter how many National Football League seasons come and go, one continues to be amazed, and humbled by the fantastic support the Denver Broncos receive.
When the Broncos host the Dallas Cowboys in the home preseason opener this Saturday night at INVESCO Field the stands will be full as usual.
And when regular season play begins against the San Diego Chargers on September 14 it will mark the 39th consecutive sellout season for the Broncos at home.
That is the longest streak in the American Football Conference and the second longest in the NFL. Only Washington has a longer streak at home. For those who might wonder about where the Packers fit in, they have a longer streak at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field but for many years players three games each season at Milwaukee. They often did not sell out the games in Milwaukee, hence their streak is way shorter than one might imagine.
While the sellout streak in itself is amazing, one has to also consider that this support comes in one of the largest stadiums in the league.
Further, individual game ticket sales have been near an all-time high water mark this year, leaving almost no tickets left to be purchased far in advance of the regular season.
This applies to the more exclusive and expensive club seats as well, which have proven to be very popular again this year.
The support is unquestioned by anyone, but an organization always has to recognize and be humbled by its support.
Of course, we are very lucky to have some excellent young players who have captivated many of our fans, and when everyone gets a chance to see a lot of the newcomers on the field, they are going to become well known names to our fans as well.
We happen to have a couple of real good preseason opponents coming up, the always popular Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.
The Broncos now have one of the younger teams in the NFL and one that we think will prove to be very exciting.
The goal is always to win, have great support, and be worthy of that support. I believe the Broncos are on the way to fulfilling that goal in 2008.