Tensions simmer ahead of the first game of the season after controversial move.
Denver Broncos supporters are not happy.
With just days left until the first game of the NFL regular season the rabid fan base have been forced to see Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco alongside their star Peyton Manning on posters around the city.
The reigning Superbowl champion Ravens will start their bid to go back-to-back when they play the Broncos, with the joint-advertising surprising Manning who said he has never seen anything like it for a regular season game.
Flacco shares the advertising space with Manning also at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which has prompted outrage from some Broncos fans.
Such is the feeling before the first kick-off, supporters have started a petition to have the Flacco banners taken down despite the advertising space downtown being purchased by the NFL.
The NFL said that despite the strong feelings of the home fans the banners and advertisements would stay up until the start of the season citing it is a high-profile game in week one.
“We appreciate the fans’ passion and their desire to protect their team but think of this game as more of an opening ceremony, a celebration of the new season for the entire league,” Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of corporate communications said.
“This game will be viewed by an audience of millions and reflects the opening of the season. There will be similar banners hanging in Baltimore at the events there next week as well.”