Friday, October 7 2022


Denver voters will see thirteen local metrics on their 2021 ballot, including Referred question 2E, a proposal that includes $ 190 million in bonds for Western National Center projects. The circa 1909 arena would receive a $ 30 million renovation, and $ 160 million would go to a brand new arena that could replace the Denver Coliseum – although this facility, built in 1951, is not mentioned in the documents. the country.

According to Brad Buchanan, CEO of the National Western Center Authority, the the proposed arena would fill a need in the city for an indoor location with a capacity of up to 10,000. Next year, the National Western Center will introduce another arena space, the HW Hutchison Stockyards Event Center, but which has a maximum capacity of less than 5,000 people.

Those who oppose the measure, including No arena link group, let’s say the metro area already has many great venues, both exterior – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, for example – and interior, including 1STBANK Center in Broomfield. Rather than adding new arenas, the city should invest in already existing venues, says Sarah Lake, president of No Arena Bond group. That’s what Denver did five years ago, renovating McNichols, which today can accommodate up to 2,000 people at events.

What are the biggest rooms in the Denver metro? Here is an overview:

Empower Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant Street
Capacity: 76,125
Mile High belongs to the Metropolitan area of ​​football stadiums and managed by Stadium Management Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the Denver Broncos. It was originally funded by a 1% sales tax which lasted from 1990 to 2011, an extension of the Coors Field building tax.

Coors field
2001 Blake Street
Capacity: 50,398
Coors Field belongs to the Major League Baseball Metropolitan Stadium District and rented in the Colorado Rockies. Home to the team, it also hosts concerts and other events. It was initially funded by a 1% sales tax which lasted from 1990 to 2011.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Way of Victory, City of Commerce
Capacity: 19,680
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is owned by Commerce City and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. KSE and Commerce City are sharing the cost of the project, each providing approximately $ 65 million; the city raised its share through a bond approved by the taxpayers. The park is home to the Colorado Rapids and also hosts other field sports and special events.

Ball arena
Circle of 1000 choppers
Capacity: 20,000
Ball Arena is owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which privately funded its construction. It is home to the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth, and also hosts concerts and events.

Violin green Amphitheater
6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village
Capacity: 17,000+
Fiddler’s Green hosts concerts and festivals. It is operated by AEG Presents and the Outdoor Arts Museum, who originally commissioned the venue in 1982. AEG funded a $ 6 million renovation in 2014.

Levitt Denver Pavilion
1380 West Florida Avenue
Capacity: 17,000
This Ruby Hill Park facility is operated by Levitt Pavilion Denver and funded by the Levitt Foundation. It offers around 50 free concerts and a handful of paid shows each summer, and is available for other events that promote the arts.

Denver Coliseum
4600 Humboldt Street
Capacity: 10,000
Denver Arts & Venues is in charge of the Denver Coliseum, which was bond funded in 1947. The Coliseum has hosted the National Western Stock Show as well as local sporting events and auto shows.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
18300 W Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Capacity: 9,525
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the New Deal, Red Rocks is owned by the City of Denver and managed by Denver Arts & Venues. It is a legendary concert hall and a designated historic monument.

Magness Arena
2250 Jewell Avenue East
Capacity: up to 8,000
Magness Arena is owned and operated by the University of Denver Athletics. Bob Magness donated $ 10 million for the construction of the arena, which was built as part of the Ritchie Center project. It is home to DU hockey, basketball and gymnastics, and also hosts special events.

1STBANK Center
11450 Broomfield Lane Broomfield
Capacity: 6,500
1STBANK Center is owned by the Town of Broomfield and operated by Peak Entertainment, a partnership formed by AEG Live Rocky Mountains and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. Formerly known as the Broomfield Event Center, the venue was redesigned in 2010; Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority and Peak Entertainment share the costs.

All stadiums in the city
1500 Franklin Street South
Capacity: 5,718
All City Stadium is a Denver Public Schools facility. Currently operating as a testing site for COVID-19, the stadium hosts high school football, track and field and other sports.

Bellco Theater
700 14th Street
Capacity: 5,000
Built as part of the Colorado Convention Center expansion in 2004, the Bellco Theater is primarily used for concerts and conferences. It is owned by Denver and is operated by ASM Global under the Convention Center banner.

HW Hutchison Stockyards Event Center
National road of the West
Capacity: up to 4,777
The Stockyards Event Center is the first new building in the National Western Center Complex and houses two arenas as well as an outdoor area. It is designed to function as an auction space during the National Western Stock Show and will open in January 2022.

Infinity park
4500 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale
Capacity: 4000
The town of Glendale owns and operates Infinity Park, home to the Glendale Raptors professional rugby team. The city issued $ 22 million in bonds to cover 10% of the cost of building the stadium and funded the rest from additional funds in the city budget. The park is part of the city’s event center and hosts many local events.

Mission ballroom
4242 Wynkoop Street
Capacity: 3,950
Owned and operated by AEG Presents, the Mission Ballroom is primarily a concert hall but can also host special events; there is additional outdoor space.

Fillmore Auditorium
1510 Clarkson Street
Capacity: 3,900
This venue was founded in 1907 and went through many incarnations – including a market and an ice rink – before being transformed into the Fillmore Auditorium, when Bill Graham Presents bought the place and turned it into a concert hall. . It is now operated by Live Nation, which purchased Bill Graham Presents shortly after the company acquired the Fillmore.

Wings over the Rockies
7711 East Academy Boulevard
Capacity: up to 3,500
Colorado’s official Air and Space Museum hosts meetings and events in its hangar. Originally built and maintained by the United States Air Force, the museum is now an independently operating non-profit organization.

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 Colfax Avenue West
Capacity: 2,000+
McNichols was remodeled in 2016 with funds left over from a municipal bond measure passed in 2007. Denver Arts & Venues is in charge of McNichols, which focuses on cultural events.

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Capacity: Varies according to space
The Colorado Convention Center is owned by Denver and is operated by ASM Global. It is used for conferences, large gatherings and sporting events. Originally built in 1990, the center is undergoing a major upgrade that was part of the 2C obligation adopted in 2015 by voters in Denver – which also covered the current National Western Center project.

Denver Performing Arts Complex
1400 Curtis Street
Capacity: Varies depending on the theater
With nine theaters and event spaces, the Denver Performing Arts Complex is city-owned and operated by Denver Arts & Venues in partnership with the Denver Performing Arts Center.


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