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Denver Mayor Proclaims ‘United In Orange’ Friday, Makes Wager

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock rallies Broncos fans in downtown Denver in January, 2012 (credit: CBS)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock rallies Broncos fans in downtown Denver in January, 2012 (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is asking Broncos fans to show their team spirit by wearing orange for “United in Orange” Friday.

The outpouring of orange is designed to get fans excited in advance of Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

In addition to fan support, Hancock placed a friendly mayor-to-mayor water on the postseason game with San Diego interim-Mayor Todd Gloria.

The two will discussed the terms during a phone call Wednesday afternoon. If the Chargers lose, Mayor Gloria will send Denver a tasting of some of San Diego’s renowned Mexican food. If the Broncos lose, Mayor Hancock will send Mayor Gloria a sampling of Denver’s fabulous green chile.

“We put on the table a sampling of Denver’s famous green chile that is as scorching hot and tasteful as our wide receivers will be to your secondary Sunday,” said Hancock.

The Denver Broncos are also asking Broncos fans to create good luck wishes for the team on Thursday, Jan. 9, between noon and 2 p.m. at the Denver Pavilions in downtown.

Fans can create signs to cheer on the Broncos as well as get a chance to win Broncos playoff giveaways, including rally towels, buttons and beads. Fans can also register to win tickets to Sunday’s game.

Broncos Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot will be there to take pictures with fans. Cheerleaders will be at the Denver Pavilions between noon and 1 p.m. and Miles will be at the 16th Street Mall between Glenarm & Tremont from 1 until 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Watch Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on CBS4. Kick off is at 2:40 p.m.

Fans will also see a lot of Broncos team spirit thanks to the City and County of Denver including:

  • Lighting the City and County Building with orange and blue lights beginning Friday through game day;
  • Illuminating the DIA sign on Peña Boulevard in orange and programming overhead signs to cheer “Go Broncos;”
  • Supporting “United in Orange, Time to Ride Friday” by asking city employees to don their best Broncos garb and buttons;
  • Greeting DIA passengers with a Broncos message from John Elway on the train and adorning DIA employees and ambassadors with “United in Orange, Time to Ride” buttons; and
  • Encouraging downtown building owners and businesses throughout the city to display orange and blue lights and Broncos signs.

Downtown Denver Partnership, VISIT DENVER, Larimer Square, the National Western Stock Show and Elitch Gardens are also getting into the spirit by:

  • Lighting the D&F Tower in orange and blue lights;
  • Hanging Broncos banners along the 16th Street Mall and in Larimer Square;
  • Lighting the Elitch Gardens Ferris Wheel orange and blue;
  • Broadcasting 850KOA’s live game coverage over the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park sound system for ice skaters to enjoy;
  • Offering free skating and skate rentals at the Rink located on Arapahoe and 16th Street to skaters who wear orange or a Broncos gear! The Rink opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Early risers can get free lessons and skate rentals from 8 to 10 a.m.; and
  • Flying Broncos flags during National Western Stock Show rodeos.
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