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Frigid temperatures forced many fans to bow out of Broncos game

9:55 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- Sports Authority Field at Mile High holds more than 76,000 people.It was nearly full Sunday, and after two weeks on the road you'd expect that.

It didn't last though, not for a lack of fan support, more so a lack of warmth.

The game was still undecided and a playoff berth was up for grabs, but when it's time to go, it's time to go.

"We're freezing," yelled one fan headed for the exits.

Many Broncos fans, unable to handle the cold any longer, were headed home.

At kickoff it was 18 degrees, the fifth coldest temperature in Broncos history. And the sun was on its way out.

"My toes are so freezing right now I can't stand," said another fan leaving.

Some couldn't hack it the full four quarters. It wasn't a mile high mass exit, though hundreds left before it was over.

"It's pretty cold in there, I felt pretty sorry for my kids," said Chris West.

Many hit the road at the half.

"At some point it became a little too cold for the kids, so now is the time," West said.

It was just one of those days, when you could lose count of your layers, and still be cold.

"I'm wearing two jackets, no actually three," said London West.

Thankfully the wind chill wasn't a real factor, police said there were no serious medical calls taken inside the stadium. But when bundling up doesn't cut it anymore a race to the car, never sounded so nice.

"It wasn't a tough decision [to leave early], we just wanted to get out of there," said Taylor Monroe.

Even with Broncos mounting a comeback, these fans made their move without looking back.

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