Football season has begun! For years we’ve been wanting to attend training camp for the Denver Broncos but the boys were always a little too young. Training camp is free plus it’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the players.
Erick took our oldest boy who had just turned 6 a few weeks ago and who loves football. We had no idea what to expect in terms of crowds- we have always heard it is very crowded and fans line up early.
We arrived early to camp. The parking lot opens at 7am, and we made it about 7:15am. I had the impression it would fill up right away, but it wasn’t full at 7:15am. However, getting there early means you can line up to get in the doors at 8am. Felt like we were there way too early, but we did get rewarded with only being a few feet from the field!
They do a great job making everything feel nice. The security and event staff do an excellent job keeping things in order-they have free water and sunscreen, a misting tent if you are hot, nice bathrooms, fun little giveaways, etc. Also, the crowd seemed very family oriented, I was pleasantly surprised. They even gave everyone a nice roster of the team, and an autograph page.
There is a lot of waiting around until they start at 9:30 am.
It was fun watching all the players practice drills, scrimmage, and work out. Man those guys are fast, and HUGE! The superstars were actually super cool. They took lots of time to play catch with people in the crowd, talk with people, and just be good guys. I was so impressed. Probably not a huge surprise, but the offense guys were more the funny guys, and hang out guys, the defensive guys were way more intense 🙂
Autographs are done at the end, and each day only one position does autographs. They are very limited in time. If this is important to you, you must arrive early and get in the front.
However, I almost wish we would have slept in, and just took a seat in the back. Even the back is still really close, much closer than almost any seat at a game!
Parking lot opens at 7 am. Parking is all on the campus. If you are there even remotely early, you will have no problem at all. Even if you come way late, there seem to be enough people leaving early that you will still probably get a spot.
FOOD and MERCHANDISE:
They had 3-4 food trucks right outside the gate, lots of options. You can’t bring the food in, but it’s very close and easy to go in and out. They had tables to eat at as well. As expected they have lots of merchandise for sale. They have an entire camp specific truck near the entrance, and of course the BIG store that is permanently in the headquarters.
WHAT TO BRING IN:
There is a long list of things that are not allowed at the practice field. These are not just the rules from the Denver Broncos, but from the NFL as a whole. You SHOULD bring some kind of small blanket as you are just on the grass, and it can be wet! Bring a plastic water bottle as well. They have refill stations. You don’t need sunscreen, they have lots of sunscreen stations, and they won’t let cans into the facility. Everything has to be in a see-through bag, and they even gave them out if you need one. Absolutely no backpacks, purses, etc, they flat out turned people back. They seemed pretty strict on food, although they seemed more tolerant with snacks for kids.
Click here to see the remaining days of training camp, plus list of what you can and cannot bring into the practice field.