By Elizabeth Resendiz
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week and a half, you have heard the news that swept the nation the night of Sunday, February 7: The Denver Broncos are the Super Bowl 50 champions.
Although not everyone watches, or even cares, about professional football, it cannot be denied that Denver is a football city. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, the Denver Metro Area hummed with anticipation. For radio shows, news programs, magazines, and the over 650 thousand Denver residents, it seemed that football was all anyone could talk about. It is a magical thing, the community that arises from having a sports team in the world championship. It was as if we all understood just how special it was to have our very own Denver Broncos playing in Super Bowl 50. Not only is making it to the Super Bowl an incredible achievement for a team, it is worth even more when that Super Bowl is the 50th anniversary of the game. The city was alight with the shared joy, tension, and pride shared by its many football fans. Crowds were seas of orange and blue. Grocery stores displayed Broncos sweets and inflated balloons. Schools and workplaces declared the Friday before the game an “orange day.” Friendly football conversations were started between fans pretty much everywhere, and people were just generally happier. Denver was truly united in orange.
And then, the big day came. Going out on February 7, you would find yourself surrounded by fans picking up last minutes food and gear, shops people murmuring excitedly, and the streets all but cleared by 4 pm. The city was under a spell of disbelief, hope, and companionship, and to be a part of that spell was an amazing experience.
The excitement and feeling of Denver could hardly compare to the days after the Broncos’ win over the North Carolina Panthers.The following Tuesday, the Super Bowl parade was held downtown, ending at Civic Center Park. Players and coaches road on fire trucks through crowds the exceeded one million people. The streets of downtown Denver were rivers of orange and shared wonder at being home to the team that just won Super Bowl 50. Not everyone appreciates football, but all can appreciate the companionship and unity that football, and all other sports, can bring.
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