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Pepsi Center - Denver
The Pepsi Center is Denver, Colorado's multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena. This venue has been used for many major events. It provides live NHL action with Colorado Avalance tickets and high flying NBA action by way of Denver Nuggets tickets. The venue also plays host to the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth.With breathtaking views of the Rockies in the distance, and various hockey and basketball players depicted on a suspended sculpture, the Pepsi Center is truly a sight to behold. This venue first opened in 1999 with a Celine Dion concert, and since then it has been continually upgraded, resulting in the top of the line facility that we have today. This venue took roughly 21 months to build, and it cost a staggering $180 million, which came from private funds.
This arena is best known for hosting sporting events, like the 2001 NHL All-Star Game, the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2005 NBA All-Star Game. In its relatively short lifespan, this amazing arena has already seen some timeless sports moments. This versatile arena is also a must-play venue for the biggest names in the music industry. Denver residents know that the best major concerts in the world will almost undoubtedly be playing at the Pepsi Center.
With 18,007 seats, The Pepsi Center is certainly thriving – hosting over 200 events in a year. The expert staff there is capable of transforming the venue quickly from a sports arena to a rock concert venue in a matter of hours. For this reason, the Pepsi Center has hosted a wide range of major events including everything from raucous professional wrestling to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Versatility is an important quality for a sports and entertainment complex to have, and the Pepsi Center has it in spades.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions The Pepsi Center is conveniently located in downtown Denver, at 1000 Chopper Circle. Guests who are coming from the north can take I-25 to the Speer Boulevard exit. Turn left on Speer Boulevard, and then take a right at the second stop light on Chopper Circle. Those who are arriving from the south can take I-25 north to the Auraria Parkway exit. Next, travel Auraria Parkway to 7th St, and then take a left. From downtown Denver, simply take Speer Boulevard to Auraria Parkway and then go west, until 7th St, and then take a right.
There are quite a few parking options for guests who are driving their own vehicle. Be sure to leave early in order to ensure that you find an available spot. For major events, traffic can get quite congested, and parking spots fill up fast. Some guests prefer to park in downtown Denver, away from the venue. There is a light rail system and a bus line that can bring visitors from their location to the venue. This can be a very effective way to minimize lost time. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic should be expected and planned for.