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DENVER – The Denver Broncos unveiled a new 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility this week that includes a full-length field, locker room and football service area.

“There is no question that Pat Bowlen, when he looked at this, he said ‘Make sure you do this the right way, and you don’t leave anything behind that you’re going to have to put in later,'” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said during a media tour of the facility Tuesday.

It took nearly a year for 1,086 employees and more than 70 subcontractors to finish the $37-million project. The Broncos are expected to start working out there Wednesday.

Ellis joked that there’s only one thing the Broncos can’t do in the new indoor facility.

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“The only thing we can’t do out here, the only guy we really put the screws to is [punter] Britton Colquitt,” Ellis said. “He can’t punt in here because he’s going to hit the roof, so he’ll have to go outside.”

The facility could also potentially act as a space for the Denver Outlaws lacrosse team to practice as well as youth football leagues.

Ellis called the project’s completion “impeccable timing” given Sunday’s matchup against the St. Louis Rams in the Edward Jones Dome.

“It’s not a football stadium, but the surroundings are similar,” Ellis said of the facility.

The new practice facility includes an 85,000-square-foot field house as well as a 30,000-square-foot support space. This area is accompanied by meeting spaces, a video production room and a Broncos retail outlet.

Building the facility prevented fans from attending training camp this year. Broncos officials say it’s worth the wait though.

The space comes with a larger public viewing area with more than 5,000 seats and additional parking – as …read more