"2016 NFL Kickoff Presented by Hyundai" to Celebrate Start of the NFL Season Thursday, Sept. 8

Show to feature live performances by multi-platinum entertainers Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic to kick off event

Andra Day to sing National Anthem

NBC's Football Night in America kicks of season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET

Precedes NFL Kickoff Game: CAROLINA PANTHERS vs. DENVER BRONCOS

The NFL kicks off its 97th season with "2016 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI" – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 8. Multi-platinum global stars DIERKS BENTLEY and ONEREPUBLIC will perform live at Civic Center Park in Denver, it was announced Monday night during NBC's national broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

Performances by Bentley and OneRepublic will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Denver from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Television's most-watched studio show, NBC's Football Night in America, will be live on-site in Denver with its full team -- BOB COSTAS, DAN PATRICK,Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach TONY DUNGY, and two-time Super Bowl winner RODNEY HARRISON, along with NFL Insiders MIKE FLORIO and PETER KING. The NFL Kickoff Game on NBC will be called by AL MICHAELS, CRIS COLLINSWORTH and MICHELE TAFOYA.

The show leads into the season opener between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl 50 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop and tablet, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). It marks the first Super Bowl rematch played on Kickoff Weekend since 1970 (Kansas City-Minnesota). Grammy-nominated performer ANDRA DAYwill sing the National Anthem. 

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2016 season and to honor the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos.  This is the 15th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 12th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2016 NFL KICKOFFwill be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows,*and directed byGREGG*GELFAND.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top tier sponsors for the NFL's Kickoff platform include Bud Light, McDonald's, Microsoft, Pepsi, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

Media may visit NFLcommunications.com to apply for credentials to cover the "2016 NFL Kickoff" concert. The credential deadline is Friday, September 2. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Broncos. 

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HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS

DATE

LOCATION

NETWORK

TALENT

GAME

9/5/2002

Times Square, New York

CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN

Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC

San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)

9/4/2003

The National Mall, Washington, DC

ABC

Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte

NY Jets at Washington (ABC)

9/9/2004

Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville

ABC

Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.)

Indianapolis at New England (ABC)

9/8/2005

Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit

ABC

Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit)

Oakland at New England (ABC)

9/7/2006

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami

NBC

Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami)

Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/6/2007

Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis

NBC, NFLN

John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem)

New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)

9/4/2008

Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey

NFLN, NBC

Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher

Washington at New York Giants (NBC)

9/10/2009

Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

NFLN, NBC

Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem)

Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/9/2010

Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans

NFLN, NBC

Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem)

Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)

9/8/2011

Lambeau Field,

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC

Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5

New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)

9/5/2012

Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

NFLN, NBC

Mariah Carey, No Doubt

Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)

9/5/2013

Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver

NFLN, NBC

Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem)

Baltimore at Denver

(NBC)

9/4/2014

CenturyLink Field, Seattle

NFLN, NBC

Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem)

Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)

9/10/2015

Gillette Stadium, New England

NFLN, NBC

Ellie Goulding, Train

Pittsburgh at New England (NBC)

9/8/2016

Civic Center Park, Denver

NFLN, NBC

Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem)

Carolina at Denver (NBC)

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