The Broncos are back! The reigning Super Bowl champs kick off the 2016-2017 season today against Cam Newton and the Panthers here at home, starting at 6:30 p.m. That means it's time to kick back, grab a cold beer and some hot snacks, and enjoy the return of football season — and Bud Light wants to help you celebrate by buying the first round. Starting at midnight, you could visit denverbroncos.com to score exclusive rebate offers redeemable through the Ibotta mobile shopping app at local bars, restaurants, liquor stores or at Sports Authority Field. There are only 50,000 vouchers available, so move fast. And after you secure your free beer, head to one of these locations for a few game-day deals.
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Go, Broncos! — at Civic Center Park.
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Avenue
Being the Super Bowl champs has its benefits, and one is that the NFL put its official kickoff party in Civic Center Park. It's been transformed into the NFL Kickoff Village, where you can meet NFL legends and Broncos cheerleaders, score autographs, have your photo taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, buy Broncos gear, enjoy free live music from OneRepublic and Dierks Bentley, pig out at a variety of food trucks, and much, much more. Check out nfl.com for details, including a complete schedule of events. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — giving you just enough time to get somewhere to watch the game.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Any Buffalo Wild Wings location around town is a dependable choice for watching sporting events — if you don't mind crowds. The restaurants are essentially wallpapered with giant TVs, making any seat a good seat on game day. As a little added incentive, any time the Broncos score a field goal during the season opener (as well as all other Broncos games this season), you've got a chance to win a shareable plate at Colorado Buffalo Wild Wings locations. Sign up at denverbroncos.com.
Pre-game at the Denver Deep Dish and get a free ride to the stadium.
Denver Deep Dish
1200 West 38th Avenue
The Highland neighborhood's go-to spot for Chicago-style pizza is teaming up with Beryl's Beer Company to offer a free Broncos shuttle, which will alternate between the restaurant and the brewery at 3120 Blake Street each game. This week, the shuttle will pick up Broncos fans at the DDD at 5:45 p.m.; just spend a few bucks on pizza or other Deep Dish grub or drinks to snag a spot on the bus. Beryl's will be on hand with pints, growlers and gift cards.
Ernie's Bar & Pizza
2915 West 44th Avenue
Ernie's will kick off the season with a party at the pizzeria, complete with giveaways and prizes during halftime — with the grand prize of a $200 Stub Hub gift certificate! If you're lucky enough to have a ticket to the game, you can fuel up at the bar, then catch a ride on Ernie’s Bronco Bus, which will leave for the stadium at 5:15 p.m.
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Head to La Loma for one of its last tailgate parties.
2527 West 26th Avenue
La Loma, which won't move downtown until next month, is throwing one of its traditional Broncos tailgate parties starting at 4 p.m. The bash includes $8 Don Julio margaritas, $5 draft beers and $3 burritos, as well as a DJ, cornhole and giant Jenga. A shuttle will run to the game every twenty minutes. For more information, call La Loma at 303-433-8300.
Football time is fried-chicken time at Lou's.
Lou's Food Bar
1851 West 38th Avenue
Lou's is kicking off a season of football pint nights with a special Broncos Punch in a pint glass for $4 during the game. The restaurant will be offering two Tailgate to Go deals every Thursday and Sunday during the NFL season: a bucket of twenty chicken tenders (naked, medium or hot) or a twelve-piece bucket of Lou’s fried chicken legs, thighs and breasts, both of which come with 1.5 pounds of macaroni and cheese and 1.5 pounds of coleslaw. Either option feeds six people for $45 and must be ordered 48 hours in advance — which means you'll want to eat at Lou's (and enjoy that punch) during the opener, but you can still get grub to go for Sunday's game.
Game-day food and fun is promised at the Marina at Cherry Creek.
Marina at Cherry Creek
The Marina at Cherry Creek
4800 South Dayton Street, Greenwood Village
Take the plunge! The revived Marina at Cherry Creek will be showing the game on several big screens. Head over early for drink specials starting at 4 p.m., and stay to grab some grub and cheer on the Broncos.
Coming soon? Just in time for the Broncos' season opener!
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The Monkey Barrel
4401 Tejon Street
The Broncos' home opener runs parallel with opening night for the new Monkey Barrel, which moved from its former home on Platte Street to the Sunnyside neighborhood. The kitchen will be serving Carbone's sandwiches, and the bar will be pouring a lemon-lime gose from South Carolina's Westbrook Brewing Company to go head-to-head with nineteen Colorado craft beers. Come welcome the Monkey Barrel to the area and crush a few beers and sandwiches while the Broncos crush the Panthers.
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