Football fans across the country are creating an early demand for any available Denver Broncos tickets that can be “begged, bummed, or borrowed”. With the return of some great 2008 starters and the addition of some top free agent selections there is already and electricity in the air about the chances for a strong run at the 2009 title by the Broncos. This team has one of the strongest fan bases and enjoys support not only in the Western legions Rocky Mountain region, but all across the United States. Historically when this football team has been in a runner up position in the division race the next season sees the players explode onto the field and fans expect no less in the 2009 fall season.
Fans Throw Their Weight Behind The Broncos
The Denver Broncos were one of the charter members of the American Football League. Beginning with the 1970 merger of the AFL and NFL divisions they have consistently been one of the leading franchises both on and off the field. With an impressive record of a half dozen AFC championships in 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997 and again in 1998 it is easy to see why their enthusiastic fans eagerly snap up Denver Broncos tickets early in the year.
There are more than 74,000 Denver Broncos tickets available annually and season seats have been sellouts every year with tens of thousands more hopeful fans placing their names on a waiting list. The Denver Broncos 31-24 dominance of Green Bay during Super Bowl XXXII is still a much-heralded event and a source of great pride for players, owners, and their fans. The Denver team added another championship the very next year by clinching this title once again in Super Bowl XXXIII and this back-to-back feat is something that only 5 other football teams have ever managed to accomplish.
History and Highlights of the Denver Bronco Franchise
The Denver Bronco AFL charter was awarded in 1959 to Bob Howsam who owned a minor league baseball team and built the 1940s Stadium for the Chicago Bears. With limited funds, the first team took to the field with old used uniforms and socks that had vertical stripes. After 2 years, Jack Faulkner was brought in as the head coach and general manager. He began the work of taking the team from laughing stock to a respected sports entity, and he gave their much-ridiculed socks the boot in a public ceremony that gave the fans the opportunity to see them go up in flames. Although there was not a lot of happiness during the first decade of the Denver Broncos franchise they did have their moments.
– 1st AFL game win was 13-10 in August, 1960, against the Boston Patriots.
– In August, 1967, the team recorded the 1st AFL win ever over an NFL rival with a 13-7 victory over the Detroit Lions.
– However, the team’s dismal 39-97-4 record for the first ten years put them at the bottom of the 8 AFL teams at the time.
A “Hail Mary” Saves the Denver Broncos from Being Sold
It was in 1965 that the team’s fortunes took a turn for the better when the move to allow Atlanta to buy the Broncos was stymied. At the zero hour, it was Gerald and Allan Phipps who put up the millions to purchase the team and the stadium. The excitement of the fans was unprecedented and they showed their thanks by buying over 22,000 season Denver Broncos tickets. In 1964, not even 8000 Denver Broncos tickets had been purchased which made this event even more staggering in scope. The city of Denver took over ownership of the old Bears Stadium in 1968 and gave it the new name of the Mile High.
From The Bottom All the Way to Mile High
Almost 20,000 additional seats were added as the Mile High was expanded to hold 51,706 screaming viewers, and supporters. In 1976 the stadium’s capacity was increased to 63, 532 and then to 75, 100 by 1977. With every increase in seating fans were quick to increase their demand for Denver Broncos tickets. Ever since these early years loyal supporters have made sure that there are no Denver Broncos season tickets lying about unsold. In the early years, the Denver Broncos were the butt of jokes and laughter as the AFL tried to establish itself as a viable contender in the football world. Until 2001, when they opened the season on the world-class INVESCO Football Field at their own Mile High Stadium, they had to play on the same field that the 1960s franchise used.
Records and Achievements of the Denver Bronco Team
The rich history of the Denver Broncos team is marked by appearances in playoffs or championship games in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Football fans now had plenty of additional reasons to stand in long lines if there was any chance to snag one of those coveted Denver Broncos tickets. This AFL powerhouse has fallen shy of the .500 benchmark less than 5 times since 1965 and they amassed 7 AFC division titles and championships in a short 14 year period from 1977 to 1991. In 91, they had a shot at the Super Bowl XXIV title but fell to the San Francisco 49ers. Denver is a team that demands the best from their players and the Denver Broncos followed this championship effort up by making it back to the division playoffs in 1992, 1996 and 1997.
Denver Bronco tickets continued to be one of the hottest items on the sports market though during both 1997 and 1998 when the team dominated all comers and brought the ultimate Super Bowl title home twice. In 1997, they blasted the famed Packers and in 98, they destroyed the Atlanta Falcons. 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 were again playoff years for the Colorado team. In 2008, they had a .500 season as the team posted a Win-Loss record of 8-8, which led them to a second place division finish just behind San Diego. While the past 3 seasons have not seen the teams as one of the players on the field at the annual Big Game, the team is busy regrouping and readying the stage for a 2009 season that may be one of their best ever.
Fast Forward Check of the 2009 Season
Fans welcomed the news of the signing of some exciting new free agents to the Denver Broncos roster that included the name of quarterback Chris Simms. This is the son of football great, Phil Simms, who as a former quarterback led his team to victory and earned a Super Bowl ring. The fans are well aware of the incredible potential that Chris holds and they are hoping that their Denver Broncos tickets will be used to watch their team go all the way in 2009.
As the backup to the Tennessee Titans’ Kerry Collins and Vince Young, it seems as though the younger Simms has not been able to showcase the extent of his playing ability, but this may be his breakout year. The other names that are setting Denver abuzz are those of receiving threat JJ Arrington and LaMont Jordan. Both of these players have earned recognition as superior ball carriers.
Arrington is already the third running back that the Denver Bronco organization has signed which seems a clear signal of where this season’s emphasis will be placed. The past 4 years Arrington has been with the Arizona Cardinals and was active in 14 of the team’s 2008 games. His stats include 183 carries for a total of 654 yards and an impressive 91 game catches that gave him two touchdowns and almost 700 yards.
For Broncos fans, the 2009 football season cannot make it here fast enough. The depth charts have not yet been announced; but already the eager and the hopeful are planning for some “wild and wooly” victory celebrations at the fabled Mile High football field.
By Matt Joal, sponsored by StubPass.com – StubPass sells Denver Broncos Tickets, sports tickets, Super Bowl Tickets, theater tickets, concert tickets and more to just about any event in the world.