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Denver Broncos training camp visitor's guide

The start of Broncos training camp is an exciting time for fans. Not only does it hold the promise of a new NFL season, but it is also a rare opportunity to get a close look at your favorite players. While you're probably anxious to you hop in your car and drive to metro Denver, make sure you read The Gazette's camp guide first so you know exactly what to expect, how to prepare, and what to watch for on the field. - Terry Terrones, The Gazette

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1. Where to go

Broncos training camp is held at the UCHealth Training Center (13655 Broncos Parkway) in Englewood. It takes about an hour to get there from downtown Colorado Springs. Barring any issues on Interstate 25, of course.

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2. Training camp dates

Broncos training camp runs July 27 - August 12. However, there are a number of days between those dates when the team facilities will be closed to fans. So avoid August 1, 6, 9, 10 and 11 otherwise you'll be disappointed.

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3. Training camp hours

You'll want to get up early if you plan on visiting camp. The parking lot opens at 7 a.m. and the gate to the practice field opens at 8. Practice runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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4. How to get an autograph

After practice is over, fans have a chance to get autographs from players on the west end of the practice fields. Players are designated by group positions (DEs, WRs, etc) to sign autographs. To increase your odds of getting an autograph go to a weekday practice, when crowds are usually smaller.

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5. What to bring

Much like a Broncos game, fans are a bit restricted in what you can bring to a training camp practice. That doesn't mean you should come empty handed. Bring a water bottle, camera, sunscreen and a blanket to sit on. Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. In addition, fans may carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. All bags are subject to search.

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6. What not to bring

Umbrellas, alcohol, food, glass containers, video cameras, long-lens cameras, iPads, lawn chairs, strollers, coolers, selfie sticks, full-size helmets, cell phones (unless turned off or on silent) and pets of any kind are all off limits.

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7. New players to watch

The Broncos have a number of free agents and rookies you'll want to see. Free agent defensive linemen Zach Kerr (92) and Domata Peko (94) add much-needed size while former Kansas City Chief Jamal Charles (28) looks to help at running back. Of the rookies, tackle Garet Bolles (72) and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (5) are expected to have an impact along with Jake Butt (80), a tight end who is recovering from ACL surgery.

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8. New coaches to watch

With the retirement of Gary Kubiak, the Broncos turned to former University of Colorado player Vance Joseph to be the team's head coach. Joining Joseph are former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who is back in Denver as an offensive coordinator. Former defensive backs coach Joe Woods gets his first defensive coordinator job. He replaces Wade Phillips, who went to the Rams.

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9. Key position battles

Everyone around the AFC is curious as to who will emerge as the Broncos' starting quarterback. Will it be Paxton Lynch (12) or Trevor Siemian (13)? Rookie Garett Bolles (72) should challenge for the left tackle spot and the search for a punt and kick returner could be a battle between rookies Carlos Henderson (11) and Isaiah McKenzie (5). The team has a lot of receivers, so fourth-year wideout Cody Latimer (14) needs to have a good camp.

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10. This year's new feature

Getting something to eat while visiting Broncos training camp used to be a challenge, but not anymore. This year the team is hosting a variety of food trucks on the west side of the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse. While you can't take your food inside the practice field gates, at least you'll have an easy-to-access lunch option.

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