As I sat around bored today a thought came into my head, why doesn't Invesco Field pay any respect to former greats? I understand there is the ring of fame, but I feel like the stadium needs more. In my eyes a solution to this problem would be the addition of statues to the outside of Invesco. I feel like there are many benefits that can come from the addition of things that reflect on the Broncos past, and specificly legendary player statues.
While most people on this site are die-hard Broncos fans that know everything there is to know about the Broncos, many people who attend the games do not know a ton about the Broncos history and things like statues could potentially increase the knowledge of a "common fan". Having a statue and a small plaque to tell you what this person did would hopefully be very interesting to someone and may spark further interest in the team and their history. Even if they just learn about a player once and don't go any further than that at least they learned something about the players that have helped make the history of the team. For example, I would bet that some people walk into the stadium and when they see a name like Frank Tripucka and have no idea what his significance to the team was and what he did. Along with potentially appealing to the common fan, the statues would certianly appeal to kids. Just imagine as a kid going to see your first game and seeing a statue that teaches you about some of the most promenent names in Broncos history before you even walk in the stadium, and after you see the awesome styles of uniforms and helmets these players have worn through out history your a fan for life. As a relatively young fan myself I know I would have loved to learn about the Bronco greats and get to see their statues outside Invesco as a small child.
Another benefit of the statues would be how awesome they would look outside the stadium. Just imagine looking up at a gaint John Elway triumphantly holding the Lombardi Trohy or looking at Floyd Little as he and his bow legs are about to make a cut that will take him to the endzone. I think it would look sweet! The statues would give Invesco some uniqueness to it as well. I think seeing giant bronze statues of legendary players would give the stadium a different feel, kind of a "We appreciate our past and make it look really cool when honoring" feel.
I really like the idea of honoring the Broncos greats and think that four or five statues should be put up around the outside of the stadium, but I believe in general Invesco Field needs to do more to show the Broncos history. When I go to Invesco Field I just feel like I am in a really fancy stadium to see my favorite team play, but I have no connection with the stadium its self and I don't really feel like there is a great effort put in to honoring the Broncos past. In my opinion the addition of statues should be just the beginning of implementing more of the Broncos history into Invesco.
What are 4 or 5 Broncos players you would like to see be honored with statues? I personally would like to see Frank Tripucka, Floyd Little, John Elway, and when he retires from coaching Mike Shannanan as statues. There are so many deserving players, so there are a lot of tough choices!