DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos fans got their game-faces on early on game day.
Sunday began as a beautiful day with the smell of hot dogs and burgers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Broncos fans definitely know how to support their team and they know how to tailgate.
Fans have been waiting to get into the parking lot at the stadium since last Saturday with RVs packed full of tailgate essentials. CBS4’s Jamie Leary was at Mile High Stadium before the crack of dawn on game day and found some die-hard fans ready to tailgate.
“It’s been a long night,” Broncos fan Keven Campbell told Leary when she told him he looked sleepy.
“I am so nervous … I’ve never been nervous like this before, and I don’t know why I’m so worked up, the Broncos are going to win this game and we’re going to the Super Bowl,” said a woman from inside her warm RV.
The whole city is behind the Broncos. On Friday Larimer Square was a sea of orange and blue for a Broncos rally. Mayor Michael Hancock declared it “United In Orange Friday.”
“At Mile High, we’ve got to give them thunder like the Barrel Man did, we cannot be quiet,” a fan said.
All week long Broncos souvenirs have been flying off the shelves at sports stores.
“I love my team, you know, go Broncos!” said a fan purchasing Broncos gear.
It’s not only a huge for retailers, but also for hotels and restaurants.
“They come in and they watch the game but they spend a lot of money in this city,” said Matthew Payne, Executive Director of Denver Sports.
Payne says the game is expected to bring in $10 million to Denver’s economy, not to mention the nationwide exposure from the telecast of the game.
Game day is finally here and the parking lots are packed with tailgaters and the home crowd is truly united in orange.