Broncos Overview

Fast facts

League: NFL

Head Coach: Sean Payton

Team Mascot: Thunder, Miles

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 76125

City / State: Denver / Colorado

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Broncos vs Chiefs

Rival Team: Kansas City Chiefs

The Broncos and Chiefs have been fierce rivals since the founding of the American Football League in 1960. The Chiefs owned the series in the very beginning winning 19 of the 20 meetings during the 1960s. However, the Broncos have come back strong since taking a 53-50 all-time lead. In the playoffs, the teams have only met once with the Broncos upsetting the top seed Chiefs 14-10 in the 1998 NFL playoffs en route to the Super Bowl.

Broncos vs Raiders

Rival Team: Oakland Raiders

The Broncos-Raiders rivalry also dates back to the 1960 and the founding of the AFL. The Raiders hold the all-time series lead 60-49-2. However, the playoff series is tied at one game apiece. In recent years the Broncos have gotten the better of the Raiders on most occasions as they have won the last 7 and 14 of the last 20.

Broncos vs Chargers

Rival Team: San Diego Chargers

Similar to all the rivalries in the AFC West the Broncos-Chargers rivalry began in 1960 with the creation of the AFL. The two teams have played in the same division ever since and have developed a strong rivalry as a result. The Broncos own the lead in the all-time series 61-49-1 and have won the only playoff meeting between these two rivals when the beat the Chargers 24-17 in the 2014 NFL playoffs.

Broncos Tailgate Guide


When arriving at a tailgate at Mile High, you’ll be met with the delicious aromas of grilled meats. Here you’ll find a plethora of sausages, pork, and wings that will make any tailgate lover’s mouth water. One thing’s for sure though when you leave a Broncos tailgate; you won’t go away hungry. Not only is the food here delicious, but it is also plentiful as most people are more than happy to share as long as you bring something to the tailgate.

Tailgates at Broncos games also feature a variety of booths offering freebies. These booths can usually be found on the western side of the stadium, so make sure to set up shop on the western side if you want to get some great Denver Broncos goodies.

A unique aspect of tailgating at a Broncos game is that Mile High is one of, the more walkable NFL Stadiums in the country. While you are still a bit of ways away from all the great bars in downtown Denver, the light rail drops fans off right by the stadium. On the walk to the stadium fans will encounter many t-shirt and food vendors, which help enrich the great Broncos tailgate atmosphere. You’re sure to have a great time at a Broncos tailgate as you’ll find plenty of food, drinks, and fun here at Mile High.


Counties Gateway Plaza

The Broncos are very appreciative of the support from the fans and the people of Denver over the years, so as a tribute to those that have supported this team the Broncos built the Counties Gateway Plaza. The plaza features hackberry shade trees and monuments dedicated to the six counties located in the Denver Metro Area.

Mile High Mountain Village

Mile High Mountain Village is a place that all fans with a game ticket can go to enjoy pre-game events and all the amenities of tailgating. There are even appearances from the Broncos cheerleader, former Broncos, and the Broncos Mascot Miles at Mile High Mountain Village. Check out Mile High Mountain Village if you’re looking for some fun pre-game activities.

Sports Legends Mall

At the Sports Legends Mall you’ll find plenty drinks and pre-game food. It differs from Mile High Mountain Village in that Sports Legends Mall is more geared towards families and kids. The mall offers lots of children's activities including outdoor inflatables, face painting, and much more. If you’re looking for a family friendly tailgate environment, then look no further than the Sports Legends Mall.

Where to tailgate

Broncos Stadium Guide

In Game

The Denver Broncos have some of the loudest and most diehard fans in all of the NFL which can be proven by the fact the Broncos have sold out every home game since 1970. When you enter Mile High, the first thing you’ll notice is a sea of orange and navy as all the fans come to the game decked out in Broncos gear. Once the game starts, you’ll hear the roar of the Broncos fans as they cheer on the team to victory.

The South End Zone is home to the most passionate fans at Empower Field at Mile High. This tradition dates back to the original Mile High Stadium where the visiting team’s locker room was located right in the South End Zone stands. The most raucous fans would sit in the South End Zone stands to strike fear into the opposing team before they even took the field.

Broncos fans are very passionate and loud when it comes to cheering on their Broncos, however, don’t be afraid to attend a Broncos game as a fan of a visiting team. The fans at Mile High are pretty well behaved and at worst you’ll receive some good-natured ribbing as long as you act respectfully. A visit to Mile High should be on the list of any die-hard NFL fan as you’ll struggle to find a better experience almost anywhere else.

Things to check out

Ring of Fame

The Ring of Fame honors Broncos greats of the past. The ring displays the names and years of service the players and coaches gave to the organization. All-time Broncos greats are also immortalized in the Ring of Fame Plaza as well, where you’ll find plaques commemorating these great players.

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Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame located at Gate 1 at Empower Field at Mile High offers a great insight into the history of athletics in the state of Colorado. Here you’ll not only find exhibits on great Broncos of the past but great athletes all throughout Colorado.

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Bucky is one of the most iconic features of Empower Field at Mile High. This 27-foot tall 1,600-pound statue of a horse perched at the top of the stadium is a one of a kind landmark that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Mile High Salute

The Mile High Salute is every Broncos fan’s go-to touchdown celebration. The salute was started by Broncos star running back Terrell Davis in the 1990s and has continued even after his retirement. The salute is a military style salute that is given to fans and teammates whenever a Bronco reaches the end zone.

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Thunder is the live mascot of the Denver Broncos, who leads the team onto the field and runs from one end of the field to another after every Broncos score. This great game day tradition began in 1993 and had been going strong ever since so keep your eyes peeled for Thunder when attending a Denver Broncos game.

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Mile High Thunder

Fans in the upper decks warm themselves up by stamping their feet. The original Mile High Stadium was made of metal and the new stadium added steel floors to help retain the unique sound created.

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Fight Songs

  1. Incomplete Chant

    One of the most famous Broncos chants is the incomplete chant. After the opposing team threw every incomplete pass, Broncos fans chant “IN-COMP-LETE!”


  2. First Down Chant

    Announcer: And that’s another Denver…

    Fans: First down!!

Broncos Bars & Restaurants

  1. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox


    Huge, multilevel "gastro-brothel" with live music & a restaurant offering eclectic American food.

    1215 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop

    Viewhouse is a chef-driven, casual eatery, bar & rooftop that delivers a superior, inclusive experience with a locally rooted vibe & fun energy.

    2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

    Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

    Mission is to create the most innovative, unique, and distinctive specialty beers, enjoyable in any scenario, which will change beer enthusiasts' idea of what is possible in specialty craft beer.

    1139 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Falling Rock Tap House

    Falling Rock Tap House

    The Falling Rock Tap House features a large outside street level patio – perfect for a beer before or after a game.

    1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  5. Rhein Haus Denver

    Rhein Haus beer

    Mammoth, German-style beer hall featuring unique brews, sausages, housemade pretzels & bocce courts.

    1415 Market St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  6. Sports Column

    Bennys Boom Boom Room beer

    Offering a full menu, an outdoor rooftop patio, a plethora of HD flat and big screen televisions, excellent service, and great food and drink specials.

    1930 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  7. Great Divide Brewing Company

    Great Divide

    Party like a yeti.

    2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Blake Street Tavern

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    Whether you want appetizers, burgers or a full-on five-course meal, you’ll find Blake Street Tavern offers anything but your standard bar fare.

    2301 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  9. The 9th Door Capitol Hill

    Ninth Door Cafe

    The mission is simple: serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week.

    The Beauvallon, 925 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  10. Denver Chophouse and Brewery


    Diverse cuts for carnivores plus house-brewed ales, small-batch bourbons & half-price happy hour.

    1735 19th St #100, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  11. Jackson’s


    Jackson’s Sports Bar newly released bar and grill menu offer traditional sports bar food with an emphasis on being quickly prepared and very tasty!

    1520 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  12. Vesta


    In addition to their Renowned Perfect Guinness, we feature over 15 imported draft beers.

    501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Lodo’s Bar And Grill


    Never a dull moment in Lodo's Bar and Grill.

    3053 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

    Biker Jim Dogs

    Known for using exotic meats such as reindeer, wild boar, rattlesnake, pheasant, elk, antelope, jack-a-lope and buffalo all bolstered by quirky (and delicious) toppings, including squiggles of cream cheese unloaded from a caulking gun.

    2148 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Wynkoop Brewing Co

    Wynkoop Brewing Co beer

    Colorado's first brewpub offers craft beers and New American pub grub in a pool hall/bar setting.

    1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Ian’s Pizza

    Ians Pizza

    Changes the way you look at pizza, the best way possible.

    2210 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  17. The Preservery

    The Preservery

    A seasonal restaurant, bakery, marketplace and bar working to build bridges through great food, live music and good old-fashioned fun. We are proudly family-owned and operated.

    3040 Blake St #101, Denver, CO 80205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Strange Craft Beer Company

    Strange Craft Beer Company

    Funky tasting room & beer garden in a microbrewery offering housemade drafts & root beer.

    1330 Zuni St m, Denver, CO 80204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  19. Mile High Station

    Mile High Station

    One of the best event venues in Denver to celebrate just about anything special.

    2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  20. Tivoli Brewing Company

    Tivoli beer

    Lofty craft brewery & taproom featuring more than 50 Colorado draft beers & an American pub menu.

    Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  21. The Kitchen Bistro

    The Kitchen

    Giving a modern twist to our favorite dishes

    1560 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$$