Naturally, the Ravens group — which Sotiriou is part of — loves the food, he said. He wouldn't miss the tailgate.

"There's so much energy, so much excitement," he said. "It's a beautiful thing, man."

Sotiriou said he's in discussions with groups from Baltimore about playing a role in their tailgates, too.

Nikki Cimino, 29, and her fiance, Steve Schott, 27, who both grew up in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood and moved to Denver in the summer of 2011, will set their pre-game plans based on what the majority of the group is doing.

"Whatever they're doing, we're pretty much going to do," Cimino said. Once the game starts, it will be into the nosebleeds — seats high in the stadium. Cimino thinks the Ravens can win, despite their loss to the Broncos last month.

"We're still going to be riding high from the game on Sunday," she said. "We've learned how not to play against Peyton Manning, so it's a tossup. I just hope it's not another blowout. I don't think my heart could handle that."

Regardless of the outcome, the group of Ravens fans will endure in Denver for years to come, members said.

"It's about more than just the Ravens," said Misner, noting that the group also gets together occasionally for Orioles games and has an annual summer crab feast. "We have a big group of friends, and we do everything Baltimore-related out here."

"The growth of social media has really made this possible, not just in Denver but anywhere," Hyatt said. "We've traveled for games, and we've been able to find other purple fans showing purple pride. I think it's so good for Baltimore and the legacy we're building."

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