KUSA - Right now, fans see it as piles of dirt with bricks and steel erecting from the ground. They also see it as the reason they can't attend training camp at Dove Valley this year.
Broncos Headquarters is undergoing $35 million of much-needed renovations and new construction. They are one of only two cold weather teams (the Bengals being the other) without an indoor practice facility.
Construction on the state-of-the-art project just west of the team's existing facility is ahead of schedule, however it won't be finished until November. The result: too many safety and logistical issues for the team to hold open practices in July and August.
"It is disappointing that the construction of the new indoor practice field and improvements to our existing building will not allow us to accommodate fans at the facility for training camp this year, but we are looking forward to hosting multiple practices at Sports Authority Field at Mile High that are free and open to the public," Executive Director of Media Relations Patrick Smyth told Susie Wargin.
Rest assured this is only for the 2014 season. Training Camp 2015 will be a whole new experience for fans.
"The improvements will significantly enhance the fan experience at the facility starting next season (with) better visibility, substantially more capacity (three times the seating) and improved restrooms," said Smyth.
As for how the team is trying to make it up for fans: more opportunities to hang out in the Broncos game day stadium.
"Practices at the stadium most likely will be late morning with the final practice of the three being our annual Summer Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 2. That [will be] a more involved program."
Saunders Construction is working on both projects simultaneously. Improvements to the team's existing facility will be finished in July.
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