Monday, December 8, 2008
Our Broncos Adventure
I haven't touched a needle in days, which is very unusual for me, but I have a pretty good excuse. Last Friday evening our oldest daughter called and said her boss had two tickets to the Denver/KC on Sunday that she wasn't going to be able to use, and would we like to have them. Paul and I hemmed and hawed a bit; could we go on the spur of the moment? could we afford the expense? what to do with youngest daughter Michaela? With gas prices low, and middle daughter Trystan still home until her graduate program starts in January, we decided that the answer to the first question was "yes". We made reservations on Saturday for a motel room for that night, and off we went.
This is an inflatable mountain and horse tunnel that gets put up for the players to run through on their way onto the field.
Here's Thunder, the horse mascot who runs down the field after each score. Not something they show often on televised games.
Our seats were in the south stands, just to the right of the white horse statue. On either side of him, they set off flames and fireworks each time the Broncos score. We were close enough to feel the heat from the flames each time. Apparently the stadium was built for noise making. When KC had the ball, we would all stomp our feet and the noise was deafening.
Paul and I were both a little surprised at how small the stadium looked inside. It seems huge on TV, but then they say the camera adds 10 pounds, or perhaps in this case, 10 yards. As you can see, the day was beautiful, nearly 60 degrees. We planned our clothes for cold weather (we were still in Colorado in December, right?) and were nearly too hot. I brought my down coat, and it remained stuffed under my seat for the entire game. Shirt sleeves weather...a mile high....in December....who'da thought?
We had great fun with 71,382 of our closest friends (well some of them were KC fans, but they were okay too). And the Broncos won; 24-17!
This morning I went out to start the car and it wouldn't start. It was out of gas. We made it to Denver and back on one tank. Barely.