During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.
On March 5, 1990, the Denver Broncos moved into the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, the state-of-the-art headquarters for the National Football League team. The complex is named for the Broncos owner’s late father and is the culmination of Pat Bowlen’s desire to maximize a positive working environment for his team, which won back-to-back World Championships with victories in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.
The Center underwent significant renovations in 2014.
· The existing offices in the PDB building were recarpeted and painted.
· The showers and steam room in the players’ main locker room were updated.
· There were major renovations in the staff locker rooms and restrooms with new showers, carpet, lighting, toilets, countertops and stall doors being mounted.
· A total of 17,000 square feet was added to the current facility.
· The new media room measures 1,217 square feet and increased by more than 30 percent in size.
· The new lobby features a modern trophy case and interactive fan features. It is 15 percent larger than the previous lobby.
· The PDB Memorial Centre now includes a 3,800 square foot full-service kitchen, enhanced seating area and Gatorade fuel bar.
In addition to the renovations to the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, the Broncos also added a new 115,000 square-foot indoor practice facility, built to the west of the current practice fields. The complex was renamed UCHealth Training Center in 2015 and features an 85,000 square-foot field house as well as a 30,000 square-foot support space. The facility also includes meeting spaces, a video production room and a Broncos team store.
The field house structure is broken down into three levels.
Adjacent to the field house is one of the three new viewing towers. The two towers at the north and south ends stand at 48-feet high while the tower on the field house’s plaza is 78-feet high.
The renovations and field house will bring significant benefits to fans during training camp, as the berm where training camp visitors previously sat during practice increased in size by three, allowing fan attendance to increase. Additional parking, indoor restrooms and increased visibility are added benefits of the revamping of UCHealth Training Center.
The Broncos’ facility is located in the rapidly expanding Dove Valley Business Park in south Arapahoe County.
The Bowlen Broncos Centre’s ground floor houses the main entry, visitor’s area, trophy display area and media room, in addition to the football-related facilities, which encompass the locker room, meeting rooms, training area, weight room, equipment room and video department.
It is on the second level, which is accessible through two stairways adjacent to the lobby area, that most of the administrative offices are located. These include the offices for Pat Bowlen, John Elway, Gary Kubiak and Joe Ellis, as well as those of all assistant coaches and football operations personnel. The second floor is divided into one wing for administrative offices and another for coaches and player personnel. The Broncos’ extensive computer operation also is located on the second floor. The Bowlen Centre also includes a separate building that houses two racquetball courts for training and leisure use by players and staff members.
There is ample practice space available for use by the Broncos on the three outdoor fields, two with natural grass surfaces and one with FieldTurf™, completed in June 2003. FieldTurf™ is a synthetic blade surface with a rubber and sand infill. One of the two grass fields has a unique design system that includes underground wiring to prevent the turf from freezing and thus allows the Broncos to practice year-round on unfrozen natural grass.