Things have been very different at Dove Valley this year for the Denver Broncos. Every year is different with new free agents and rookies battling out. However, in the 2014 season fans have not been allowed to attend Broncos training camp practices at Dove Valley due to a construction project going on in order to renovate the team’s practice facility. The Broncos’ answer has been to hold three practice events at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which included a final scrimmage on Saturday.
The Broncos put on a very good performance for the fans even though Julius Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller and Chris Harris were held out of the scrimmage as a precaution. Peyton Manning was sharp as usual and may have found some trust and chemistry with new Denver wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The real story here is the relationship between the Broncos and their fan base. Even though Denver was blown out against the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 in last year’s Super Bowl and the fans could not come out to Dove Valley for training camp, an amazing 38,620 fans showed up for a midday scrimmage to cheer their Broncos on.
There is a sense of unconditional love between the Broncos and their fans. Perhaps that is why every game was sold out under the tenure of Pat Bowlen. Other Denver professional sports teams draw good attendance numbers. However, no Denver professional sports team has fan loyalty like the Broncos do. In terms of the largest fan base in Denver, the Broncos have been and always will be first, second and third compared to any other professional sports team in Denver.