DENVER -- With a massive $35 million construction project still underway at their complex, the Denver Broncos have kept fans out of training camp this summer. But Sunday the team’s faithful were set to get their first look at the team as the Broncos were scheduled to hold the day’s practice at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Fans were already lined up at the stadium gates just after 8 a.m. Mountain time for the 11:30 a.m. practice. Sunday’s practice will be the first of three at the stadium in the coming week. It was the fans' first opportunity to see the newest Broncos like DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib, Emmanuel Sanders as well as the team's rookie class in uniform.
In addition to Sunday’s practice, the team will practice at the stadium on Wednesday in addition to a scrimmage/practice Saturday. Quarterback Peyton Manning has said he hopes the stadium practices will help players push through the “tough’’ days in the second and third weeks of camp.
“I think our players are excited,’’ said Broncos head coach John Fox. “Anytime they walk in there, it’s such a great spot and we have such great fans. That obviously sparks them especially since the fans aren’t able to come out here. I think they are definitely looking forward to it.”
The Broncos bused from the team’s complex to the stadium on Sunday morning. The Broncos first preseason game is Aug. 7 against the Seattle Seahawks in Sports Authority.
“Anytime you get in the stadium around fans and family,’’ Ward said. “It makes it a little bit more exciting to play.’’