Magness Arena

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Magness Arena
Magness Arena looking northwest.jpg
Magness Arena looking northwest
Former names University of Denver Auditorium (planning/construction)
Location 2240 East Buchtell Blvd
Denver, CO 80210
Ritchie Center, University of Denver
Coordinates 39°40′55.58″N 104°57′41.73″W / 39.6821056°N 104.9615917°W / 39.6821056; -104.9615917Coordinates: 39°40′55.58″N 104°57′41.73″W / 39.6821056°N 104.9615917°W / 39.6821056; -104.9615917
Public transit University of Denver
RTD Light Rail
Owner University of Denver
Operator University of Denver
Capacity 7,200 (basketball)
6,315 (hockey)
Surface 85' x 200' (hockey)
Broke ground April 1997
Opened September 15, 1999 (1999-09-15)
Architect Davis Partnership Architects and Sink Combs Dethlefs
Structural engineer Martin/Martin
General contractor Calcon Construction
Denver Pioneers (NCAA, Summit, NCHA) (1999–present)

Magness Arena is a multi-purpose collegiate sports arena in Denver, Colorado. It was built from 1997 to 1999 as part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center, the sports complex at the University of Denver. It is home to the Denver Pioneers ice hockey and basketball teams. It replaces the former DU Arena which was razed in 1997 to make way for the Ritchie Center. Magness Arena opened September 1999, one month before the Pepsi Center. The arena was voted, "Best New Sports Venue" by Westword in 2000.[1]

About the arena[edit]

Magness arena looking north/northeast

The arena is named after cable television pioneer Bob Magness, who donated $10 million towards construction costs. It features padded individual seating, two members-only club seating areas, a four-sided video scoreboard, and a concourse with glassed-in views of the adjoining Hamilton Gymnasium and El Pomar Natatorium. The arena can be identified around the city by the attached 215-foot-tall (66 m), gold-spired Williams Tower, which contains a 65-bell carillon.

The largest hockey crowd in arena history was a game between Denver and Colorado College in 2012, when 6,207 fans attended.[2] The largest non-hockey event in the arena was a 2008 presidential campaign rally for Barack Obama, where about 10,000 people attended. Magness Arena hosted the first of three 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates on October 3, 2012.



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