Broncos to practice against 49ers in preseason


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – When the Denver Broncos officially opened their 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility last season, team CEO Joe Ellis predicted that "a lot of teams would be interested in coming here to work with us in training camp."

Mark down the San Francisco 49ers as the first on the list.

The Broncos and 49ers will hold joint practices Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 at the Broncos’ suburban Denver complex leading up to their Aug. 29 preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Because those practices will come after the Broncos have already concluded the part of training camp with two-a-day practices, they will not be open to the public.

It will be the third time the Broncos have worked with another team at their team complex. The Houston Texans came during the preseason last year while the Dallas Cowboys practiced against the Broncos in 2008, Mike Shanahan’s last season as the team’s coach.

However, this will be the first time another team has visited since the completion of the $38 million project that included the indoor facility as well as some other remodeling in the Broncos’ main building. The Broncos’ indoor facility includes a full-size locker room and training facility for another team, so a team can simply store uniforms, equipment and have trainers work at the complex. A team would not have to dress in uniforms at a hotel before coming to the Broncos complex.

Coach Gary Kubiak has said he looks forward to “a lot of teams" wanting to work with the Broncos in the future.