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The insider’s guide to Broncos training camp.
You might not think you need a handbook to navigate a pre-season practice, but you’d be wrong. Catching a few plays before the season begins is a great way to spend a summer day; however, there are rules at training camp. The team’s security staff—Fred Fleming, director of special services, is especially prickly—prowl the sidelines to ensure everyone is reading from the same playbook. And make no mistake, they’ll call you out in front of God, the head coach, and Tim Tebow himself if you’re breaking the law. Here, a few tips that will make your outing more enjoyable. —LBK
- Leave the cell phone at home.
The Donkeys don’t want anyone broadcasting details from training camp in real time. So no tweeting, Facebooking, or texting while you’re inside the ticketed area.
- Point-and-shoot cameras are OK.
Video cameras are not. Fans are welcome to use their point-and-shoot models during practices, but break out the 200mm zoom at your own risk.
- Prepare to stand.
For safety reasons, the Broncos would rather fans stand if they’re going to be watching the action. If you need to sit, you’ll have to move away from the field. No lawn chairs.
- Keep an eye on the kids.
The Broncos welcome your youngsters, but you’ll want to make sure they’re watching the action with you, not running around with friends. An out-of-control wideout can wreak havoc on an unsuspecting eight-year-old.
- Check the website before you leave for Dove Valley.
The head coach can decide on a whim to cancel practice—and he often does. Denverbroncos.com always has the latest updates on training camp practice schedules.
- Plan for the sun.
The main practice fields are exposed to the elements. There are very few shade trees under which you can take cover. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and water.
- Hang around for post-practice autographs.
After full-squad practices (see the website for which days are NOT full squad) the Broncos make a few players available for autographs. They’ll only be out there for about 15 minutes, so don’t hang in the back if you really want that John Hancock.
Training Camp Details
Location: Denver Broncos Headquarters—Dove Valley, 13655 Broncos Parkway, Englewood, 303-649-9000, Denverbroncos.com
Dates: Training camp typically begins the last Friday of July and runs through the third week of August.
Times: On one-practice days, the team works out from about 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. On two-practice days, the team works from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., and again from about 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gates open one hour before practice. Times are subject to change; visit the Broncos’ website for up-to-date information.