If Broncos Country sells their tickets to Chiefs fans, you can’t blame ’em
Sometimes, you need to prove a point.
Sometimes, you just want to make a few bucks.
In this miserable 3-9 Broncos season, no one can blame fans on Sunday if they sell their tickets before Denver gets crushed by Kansas City. The Broncos have lost 13 games in a row to the Chiefs, and that streak isn’t snapping this weekend at Empower Field at Mile High. It could be one of the ugliest losses in the rivalry yet.
Fresh of their third straight defeat to the Bengals (including in the AFC Championship a season ago), Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the rest of the Chiefs are going to be ticked off. Considering the Broncos can’t score, with the league’s worst offense, this one might get out a hand. Kansas City 99, Denver 2. Or something like that.
In all seriousness, a ticket to get in the door at Mile High this weekend can be found for just $63. That’s about 15 percent of the price it will cost you to see Taylor Swift in the same stadium next summer. Who knew? The top pop star on the planet is a bigger draw than the Broncos in December. The shine of watching Russell Wilson play quarterback has worn off in a hurry.
So, even if Broncos Country isn’t going to get rich by selling their tickets, no one should hold it against them. If the stadium is painted in red, maybe that’s what this ownership group needs to see. They’ve refused to make a change at the head coaching position — even though fans have called for it for weeks. Now, the team they bought for $4.65 billion can play a de facto road game.
If that sight doesn’t make CEO Greg Penner want to shake things up, maybe nothing will. We all hope the Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group (WPFOG) bought this team with the intention of winning, but each week they keep Nathaniel Hackett employed is making folks question that. Now, no one should make an ultimate judgement until after the season, but it’s been beyond time to move on.
Penner must show Hackett (and maybe even GM George Paton) the door on Jan. 9, or Broncos Country could riot. Until then, they might not go to games. You can see Denver and Arizona on Dec. 18 for just $50. Tickets for the finale against the Chargers are going for only $41. That price might dip below $30 by kickoff.
What will be higher that day at Mile High? The price of a ticket, the temperature or the number of empty seats divided by 1,000. That’s a fun game to play with your friends — because they’ll probably all be in the 20s.
I’m not advocating for a boycott. Those are lame and outdated. But I’m also not judging Denver fans if they sell their tickets to the opposition or stay at home. These Broncos are barely worth watching on television, let alone in-person. By the time you factor in traffic, parking and concessions, it’s an expensive day full of hassle and little enjoyment.
At least, not with this team. The whole point of going to a sporting event is to be entertained, not bored. Or worse, angry. Broncos fans have left games feeling both of those emotions this year.
So, if the right price comes along, sell away. You can use those few bucks on an extra present or two this holiday season. The person receiving the gift would almost certainly experience more joy than attending a Broncos game.
This is what it’s come to. Just about 11 months after Paton hired Hackett and nine months after he traded for Wilson, both experiments have failed.
Now, Broncos Country needs to look out for itself. And the consequences might have Mile High plastered with red.