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Fans return to Empower Field for the start of Broncos preseason

Many families showed up split between cheering for the Broncos or the Dallas Cowboys.

DENVER — As the fireworks launched over Empower Field at Mile High, fans arrived with excitement as the Denver Broncos kicked off preseason against the Dallas Cowboys. 

"Oh I don't even remember how many games," Gus Vinihakis recalled as he reflected on 39 years of season ticket ownership.

Fans came far and wide to attend the game - including many families. 

Some of which, were split down the middle for which team they supported. 

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Maurilio Gonzalez came with his wife and kids from Colorado Springs. Maurilio and one son are Cowboys fans, while the others are Bronco fans.

“She was a Bronco fan from before I met her and I was a die hard Cowboy fan and one thing led to another," Maurilio Gonzalez said of his wife. "So I guess Broncos and Cowboys come together!"

Aurora couple Tracy Groves-Adams and Keith Adams playfully shared banter about their teams. 

Keith is a Cowboys fan, while Tracy is a Broncos fan. 

“Yeah you guys tend to cheat and beat us from time to time," Keith said to Tracy, followed by laughter. 

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Broncos Safety Justin Simmons came out to sign autographs before the game.

From Loveland, Dre Rivera, a Cowboys fan, brought along his family, some of which were Broncos fans. 

“Got my brother Mo right here – we’re just out here for the game – I don’t know what they’re wearing over here though," Rivera said, teasing his family members. "It's a split family I guess." 

With a lot of "new" things happening to the team this season, like a new quarterback and new ownership, one thing was clear, fans are ready for football season. 

 "...Going to have a good season - I hope everyone comes to the games," Vinihakis said.


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