Broncos: It will be a “real challenge” to get fire damage repaired by September

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Last week’s fire at Mile High Stadium did significant damage to the facility; the video proved it. In fact, the Broncos may not have all of it repaired before the start of the next football season.

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis said Monday that it will be a “real challenge” to replace the damaged seats and to fix the suites that were burned in the blaze. Ellis said that roughly 12 suites were damaged, along with “a couple hundred seats.”

“At first glance, we thought it wasn’t much of a big deal, but after going to see the damage and witnessing it in-person and spending time with fire inspectors and people from our stadium and the reclamation team that came in, it was a significant event,” Ellis said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post.

The work becomes more than cosmetic. The flames damaged the steel in the stadium infrastructure.

“The heat from the fire, once it got going, those risers buckled,” Ellis said, via O’Halloran. “We’ll have to re-fabricate those steel risers in those particular sections and with supply-chain issues around the world and each one is a different dimension because of the way the seating bowl is constructed and contoured, it will take some time to get those replaced and they will have to be replaced.”

The stadium will host other events in the interim, including multiple concerts.

Through it all, the Broncos are for sale. The fire could be regarded as a harbinger of doom. Alternatively, the buyer could simply deem that the franchise has been pre-disastered.

20 responses to “Broncos: It will be a “real challenge” to get fire damage repaired by September

  1. StArt the process of hitting up Colorado taxpayers now on a new stadium.!

  2. Fortunately for the future new owners, the damage will be repaired at the expense of the taxpayers. When Pat Bowlen threatened to leave town unless the taxpayers ponied up the funds for the new stadium, the costs were pushed onto the citizenry. Same as it ever was.

  3. I love how thr rich don’t have to pay for anything. Just get the people to pay for it.

  4. The flames damaged the steel in the stadium infrastructure.

    That’s very VERY serious.

  5. After they quickly find out that Russ is not the magical answer they won’t need those seats.

  6. What’s the alternative if they can’t play there to start the season? Will they play at CU?

  7. Fittingly, the whole front office is on the “hot seat”, if the Wilson era doesn’t produce immediate results.

  8. Play at Boise State. That’s Bronco country. The Smurf Turf would be cool for a few games. Besides, Boise St is also Broncos. Problem solved.

  9. Just take the time to get it done right so Bronco fans can shake that stadium without worry

  10. Apparently the fire started because they let someone cook in the stadium. So starting next season, no cooking will be permitted.

  11. Broncos in shambles. No owner. Stadium burned up. What’s really going on?

  12. Is this from a real fire or Elway trying to burn the place to the ground since his first day as GM?

  13. Doing their best to make the fans feel sorry for them……in case the Wilson trade does not pan out….

  14. Did they not have fire sprinkler system?

    Let’s hear some details about how it started and who’s party it was.

  15. Geez everybody knew the Broncos have been a dumpster fire for the last 5 years but I guess this proves it.

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